sigur rós have given a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create videos for their new album valtari. the filmmakers have complete creative freedom, the band completely unaware of what to expect. read more
film #8: dauðalogn by henry jun wah lee
dauðalogn is a spiritual and meditative journey into nature.
since the time of our earliest ancestors, nature has been a source for inspiration, imagination, and wisdom. nature is where we come from. even in this modern age, its energy still flows through our veins. being in nature, we see the world our ancestors saw: a place of beauty, a place to reflect, a place to learn, and a place to connect with the heart and soul.
filming took place deep in the primeval forest of yakushima, a remote island in southern japan. i chose this location both for its unique beauty and because the story of yakushima was representative of the often fragile relationship between humans and nature. the giant trees on the island were once revered as sacred by locals. they lived for thousands of years but for the past 5 centuries they were logged to near extinction. the scarred landscape coupled with the dramatic way in which the forest has recovered made for a picturesque and magical atmosphere.
henry jun wah lee is an international filmmaker and photographer, as well as a practicing physician of traditional chinese medicine. his life’s commitment is for all of us to live whole, powerful, and inspired lives
henry’s passions for art, nature and medicine come from his belief that the healing powers of nature can rejuvenate the body, open the mind, unlock the heart and free the spirit.