Sora Shamen: The Journey of the Soul


In a nearly inaccessible, mountainous jungle in the state of Orissa in eastern central India, the Sora tribe numbers 4000 persons scattered among a few villages . What makes them so distinct? The Sora live in close communion with their deceased. In a multi-year documentation never before undertaken, the film observes how the six year ritual cycle plays out following a death. Under the guidance of a shaman, a mother stands before the camera together with her son, recently killed in an accident. In the following seven years there are numerous further encounters. During the fascinating rituals, mother and son aid each other in dealing with the pain of loss.

Filmographic details

Year 2006
Country India
Rights Worldwide
Runtime 43 Min.
Channel Arte / ZDF
Author Christopher Sommerkorn
Director Dr. Gerhard Heller
Camera Dr. Gerhard Heller