The people of Ladakh, high up in the Western Himalayas, still have strong connections to the psychic energies of gods and demons through their belief in Tantric Buddhism. The Geshe (a professor of metaphysics) could fly if he wanted, say the peasants in the remote valley, but he refuses; it is inmoral to practice magic. Nevertheless a young man seduces a girl by magic techniques.
The film enfolds in breathtaking landscape under brilliant blue skies and deep dark vallies, a life imbued by an anciant awareness in harmony with the spirit. It had a most successful cinema run in Germany.
Kuby filmed with Ladakhies before they had contact with civilisation. Mrs Rigupa forinstance has two husbands, both fathers for her children: a method to check the population increase. The film shows the Buddhist culture, as it existed in Tibet before the Chinese invasion.
Ladakh – In Harmony with the Spirit became a cult film because it opens the heart and fills the mind with wonder.
The press: “mind-blowing…miraculous…authentic” – “The fascination of the strange, masterly observerd.” – “Far more than a mere travel docmentation, a mixture of reality and fiction, history and mythology. A fascinationg portrayal of a Buddhist Shangrila.” – A great film that gives us an idea of a completely strange culture.”