“The Akram Tree” is a journey through the personal and professional world of the british-bangladeshi coreographer and dancer Akram Khan. ‘My intelligence is in my body’ says Akram himself, a body here well represented by ‘Gnosis’, a pièce realized in collaboration with seven artists expressely discovered in different parts of the world. These traditions and experimentations from India, Japan, Pakistan, England, Egypt, Iraq and Bangladesh collaborate together to create a work between classic indian kathak and contemporary dance. The film portrays the story of this peculiar human and artistic adventure often transcending the narration for the sake of a more visionary look influenced by the location where the documentary has been shot: the futuristic and conflictive city of Abu Dhabi with its desertic and metaphysical surroundings.
Born in Roma in 1966, Francesco Cabras is a director, actor, director of photography and producer of documentaries, videoclips, commercials and visual art. In 1999 he has founded the independent production company ‘GANGA’ together with Alberto Molinari with whom he has realized most of his works.. He has a Bachelor in Psychology. As journalist and photographer specialised on music, travel and social issues, he spent many years in Asia often collaborating with Greenpeace and other associations.
Born in Rome in 1965. Director, director of photography, composer, editor and producer of documentaries, videoclips, commercials and visual art, Alberto Molinari has founded ‘GANGA’ together with Francesco Cabras with whom he has realized most of his works. He has a Bachelor of Drama at ‘Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia’ of Roma. He works as author and actor in numerous movies, theatre and TV productions. Many of ‘GANGA’ works have gained international exposition: the feature documentary ‘The Big Question’, originally produced by Mel Gibson, has been distributed in Italy by Rarovideo and released in U.S. theatres by ThinkFilm. ‘The Akram Tree’ won the Dhaka International Film Festival 2012.