7 sins, 2010

“7 Sins”, 2010, experimental documentary, 60 min

In the film, seven sports women who live in seven different Lithuanian cities speak about their opinions on the ‘seven deadly sins’ (Sloth, Pride, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, Envy, and Greed) from a contemporary perspective. The sports women are metaphorically locked in a set of duels, reflective of the competitive nature of the sports they pursue, and in an inner-fight between their Manichean personalities that entwine – darkness and light. This duality, and battle, is a constant in both art and life. The documentary explores and portrays a contemporary heroine, and heroism, pitched against the interior legend of persistent work and practice.

This documentary was inspired by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s 1933 ballet chanté, a ballet with singing, “The Seven Deadly Sins” (“Die sieben Todsünden”), which portrays two sisters (that is representative of a dual personality) who travel to seven different cities in search of their fortune.

The film has a performative character as the heroines reconstruct social roles through their set of duels. They represent an active – not passive – and volitional ‘other’. “7 Sins” deconstructs, via positive identification with its feminine subjects, the Judeo-Christian sinfulness of the female body. On the other hand, this documentary is like a social investigation – can a sportswoman to some extent associate herself with a certain deadly sin?