25 min., 3-channel video installation, HD video, 2015.
Director: Rena Effendi
Editing and installation concept: Kaya Behkalam
DoP: Mikhail Galustov
Commissioned by North Dakota Museum of Art, 2015.
Located in an isolated and economically languishing area of North Dakota, Spirit Lake is a Sioux Indian reservation home to some 6,200 inhabitants. Tribe members struggle with crippling social problems, among which are poverty and racism, a high unemployment rate, alcoholism, poor nutrition, and child abuse crimes.
The video installation Spirit Lake is a haunting portrait of a place and its inhabitants, and life between trauma and spirtual practice.