Gerd Roscher
Germany 1997 | 68 Min. | 16 mm

60 years ago Antonin Artaud start­ed on a voyage to the North of Mexico to get to know the rit­u­als of the Tarahu­mara indi­ans. He described this voyage in sev­er­al papers. Many trav­ellers to the Sierra Tarahu­mara fol­lowed his traces. After his return he was locked up in psy­chi­atric clin­ics until short­ly before his death. The film recon­structs authen­ti­cal­ly Artaud’s route: from the dances behind the mis­sion set­tle­ments to the Peyote rit­u­als of the shaman. Behind the fear and fas­ci­na­tion of the unknown Artaud senses anoth­er order. »I shall find the real drama« he writes. »It need not be on the stage«.