"Journey to Cure" is a full length documentary film on how true healing can work.
We follow the Indian holistic healer Dr. B.N. Jha and his patients in Bangalore and Berlin on the search for answers.
the film's content
"The life we lead has brought us to where we now are." Do all diseases and their subsequent cures come from within?
Then we simply need to know the causes of our illness in order to not only cure it, but to avoid its return in the future.
This sounds easy, but since most of us are far away from being able to even hear our inner voice, how can we learn to listen to it? And on top of that, how do we find the necessary trust in ourselves to be able to cure ourselves?
When I met Dr. Jha for the first time and looked into his bright, warm eyes, I felt all the trust in the world. He is able to create an environment in which one can find this trust.
On a physical level, he uses ancient, mostly Asian practices, which include for example Sujok therapy (accupressure with seeds). Ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicine, energy and chakra healing, homeopathy and many more. Yes, there are many using these techniques, but I quickly felt there is more to it. It is HOW he utilizes them. And most importantly, as he advises his patients about what they can do for themselves on a deeper level, he creates an environment for them to heal. He empowers them to find their true life path. This might be exhausting, demanding, uncomfortable at times and possibly even include a major life change, but true healing must include a commitment which affects all elements of one's life.
Still, wouldn't it be great to learn how to heal ourselves?
We will accompany Dr. Jha during his healing sessions in India, ask a lot of questions, witness how he teaches his students and advises a wide range of people, from well-healed professionals to the poorest and much more. Dig in and find out Raise interest. Learn.
The film's approach is to show what is possible through faith. Faith in oneself.
Between 2015 and 2020, we were following Dr. Jha and a select group of his patients suffering from a wide spectrum of diseases in his clinic in Bangalore / South India.
In the summer of 2015, I packed my camera gear and went from Berlin to Bangalore to begin the first shooting period with Dr. Jha.
The second shooting period I started in the fall of 2017. This time with the support of Peter Knutas, who did the sound recording and was a great help in many ways.
In 2019 I was able to start the editing process with my editor Lisa Friedhofen.
After having completed the last shoot in Bangalore and Bihar in January 2020, the post production process followed in Berlin.
On April 16th of 2023 JOURNEY TO CURE had its world premiere in Bangalore / India!
Now the German premiere in Berlin is waiting!
WHY IT'S WORTH IT
I believe the world needs healing, especially in current times. And healing must always begin with ourselves. When individuals are doing well, the collective will do well too. This film offers insights for those who want to know.
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Dr.B.N. Jha and family, Shraddha Agrawal, Sumathi Kannan, Umang and Benno with family, Rishab and his family, Arunima Gupta and family, Charumathi Krishnan, Neha Agrawal, Dr. Agrawal, and many others.
Dixie Schmiedle director / producer / cinematographer
Dixie is working since more than 20 years as a cinematographer in the film industry. In addition to numerous commercials, image films,
documentaries, she shot feature-films such as "The Eagle Hunter's Son" by René Bo Hansen, "Vortex" by Michael Pohl and "Der fast perfekte Mann" by Vanessa Jopp.
"Journey to Cure" is the first documentary film where she also fills the roles of director and producer.
Lisa Friedhofen editor
Lisa took over the editing process in 2019. She is studying at the Film University Babelsberg. On her credit list are already several short films
and the editing work for an Indian documentary film called "But what was she wearing?" by Vaishnavi Sundar. She put her great work, talent and engagement into the editing of Journey to
Brigitta Tauchner editor part one
Brigitta is a long time editor and supported me with her work on the first shooting part.
Peter Knutas sound recordist
Beyond working as a still photographer, Peter has additionally done sound recording on films such as the feature-film "The Eagle Hunter's Son" by René Bo Hansen and "Fever at Dawn" by Péter Gárdos. For Journey to Cure he did the sound recording for the second shooting period.
Bernd Rillich Postproduction
Bernd is providing all the technical tools for the editing process, worked with me on the color grading and is a huge support for the whole post production work. Couldn't do it without him :)
Benedikt is a sound designer, sound mixer and sound production supervisor located in Munich. He worked on films like "Alpgeister" by Walter Steffen. For Journey to Cure, Benedikt is responsible for the wonderful re-recording mix and the whole sound post production.
Laura M. Schneider
Laura is studying Media Design and while she was doing an internship with Benedikt Mühle, she supported Journey to Cure with working on the sound design.
Beyond her work as a cinematographer for films like "Unter der Haut" by Claudia Lorenz or "Im Kopfstand zum Glück" by Irene Graef, Jutta is also teaching film as a professor at the Media Design FH in Salzgitter. For Journey to Cure, she did the color grading with me.
Ruben is an very experienced color grader who did the final touch up on the colors of Journey to Cure.
Rainer is a super experienced long time film musician and created the wonderful score for Journey to Cure.
Huge THANKS to:
Dr. B. N. Jha, Dr. Munchun Jha and family, Katharina Nobis, Bernd Rillich Postproduktion, Howard Harrington, Shraddha Agrawal, FGV Schmidle Filmgeräteverleih, Till Röllinghoff, Karine Brand, Esther Dittmann, Josie Rücker, Eric Okun, Film på Gotland.
and to our wonderful crowdfunding contributors:
Katrin Aeckerle, Luiza Arcuschin, Familie Auerbacher, Holger Barthel, Gisa Bergmann, Michael Boxrucker, Karine Brand, Armin Buerkle, Frank Busian, Crescentia Dünser, Annette Ernst, Silke und Bernd Grasshof, Birgit Gudjonsdottir, Irmi Haager, Heike Hütt, Dr. Jürgen Kellermann, family Knutas Edéus, Roger Knutas, Tina und Sven Knutas, Ingo Lassak, Niels Maier, Kathi Nobis, Claudia Reimer, Gerda Schmiedle, Werner Siebert, Andrea Stahl, Belinde Ruth Stieve, Kim Lan and Olivier Toffin, Claudia Torsiello, Ela Westphal.
Thank you so much!