About the film
The circle of life is an eternal mystery. During their journey to southern India, the professional, yet mentally disabled actors of Baltazar Theater are getting closer to the big secret.
In India libraries of ancient knowledge are treasuring palm leaves, written 2000 years ago. The palm leaf manuscripts of those days recount the lives of people living today from their births right up to their deaths. It’s like a book of fate, like a great history…
Finding the leaves written personally to the actors may help them understand the past, explaining the present and drawing up the possibility of a happy future.
Just as the many thousand year old palm leaves have to be written again every 500 years because the ink fades, in the same way one can overwrite human nature full of prejudice and fallibility. The film reshapes the concept formed by the public opinion of handicapped people by showing their power.
To be born with a disability is not a calamity. Not a punishment from god. The joy radiating from the actors’ unembellished being and the social status awarded them by the theatre are proof of this. Through their lives the world is more colourful, more exciting and more emotional.
The BALTAZAR THEATRE in Hungary – perhaps even in the world – a unique theater company. The actors of the professional theater founded in January 1998 are the few mentally disabled people in our country who live in art.
The Baltazar Theatre breaks new ground by putting the disabilities in the background and emphasizing the talent.
The Company is living in the attraction of India for years. Since the beginnings they practice yoga, some of their performances are linked to the Indian culture. Especially the one intituled Happy Hour, presented in 2014, which has KARMA as central topic. Setting the past and present side by side, the performance raises questions, searching for answers: how much does our past affect our present? How our current presence creates our future?
Since the foundation of the company the actors had a dream of travelling to India. This travel came true in January 2015. The documentary intituled „LEND ME YOUR EYES, BALTAZARS” (VILÁGLÁTÓ BALTAZÁR) records this journey and the processing of it.
The film lets us see faith through the filter of art. It makes visible the invisible substance with which the world is interlaced. In a form infused with the naturalness, lyricism and humour surging from the actors.
Art is the area of life that can change this viewpoint steeped in prejudice.
Baltazár Theatre’s visit to India throws light on the basis of its existence and operation.