Ruku Mojeju, a film by Koštana Banović

by Koštana Banović
The Netherlands/ 2022/72′

Producer: Rolf Orthel
Production: artTrace

Ruku Mojeju revolves around a sensory understanding of monastic life. In a convent on a Through Hands of Mine (tr: Ruku Mojeju) revolves around a sensory understanding of monastic life. In a convent on a small island, fifteen nuns – mostly young women, one of them blind – live their daily lives in a rhythm of work and prayer, and the endlessly undulating movements of nature. Over a period of nine years, the documentary developed as a result of the filmmaker’s intense involvement in this small community. Rather than questioning the morality of the institution of religion, Through Hands of Mine explores religious material practices and sensorial experiences as a choreography in and of itself. In the attempt to understand religion through lived practices, the film hones in on taste, smell, sound, colour, movement and touch. And therefore, the body, or more precisely, the affectivity of the body becomes the subject of the film. The search for an understanding of faith from the outside, leads to the question of how people’s religious convictions shape inside them. This, in turn, leads to wondering about form as the carrier of faith.

Beldocs – International Documentary Film Festival Belgrade – May 2022

– Reading Museology, 12:45 min, 2017, Netherlands
– Women in Uniform (series Workers at the Factory), 8 min, 2017, Brazil, Netherlands
– Lingering Minel (series Workers at the Factory), 11 min, 2017, Netherlands
– Among Houses and the Cosmos, 71 min, 2017, Netherlands
– May I Enter, 57 min, 2010, Netherlands
– Ploha, 48 min, 2007, Netherlands
– Sey, the Economy of Love, 35 min, 2006, Netherlands
– NaTragu, 16 min, 2001, Netherlands
– Dream Hunters, 15 min, 2000, Netherlands

Koštana Banović is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. She holds MA in Fine Arts from the HKU University of Arts in Utrecht, Netherlands. The ritual is a recurring element in her work: as a choreography, as a reflection of history, and as an action that activates objects, materials and aesthetics, and blurs boundaries. Her cinematic practice addresses the interaction between experimental and cinéma vérité documentary styles, and includes a reflexivity belonging to the category of essay-film. Her films have been numerously awarded and screened at film festivals internationally, such as the IFFR in Rotterdam. She has exhibited across multiple international exhibition platforms, cultural-exchange residencies, and performed long-lasting artistic research in Brazil and the countries of former Yugoslavia. She has also actively engaged in several art-educational and pedagogical contexts, was long-time teacher at the HKU University of Arts in Utrecht in the Fine Arts department, and guest teacher at various (post-) graduate institutes such as the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. Currently artistic director of KAMEN Artist Residency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.