Mystic Ball (2007)
A documentary eight years in the making, Greg Hamilton's Mystic Ball traces the filmmaker's ongoing obsession with the obscure sport of chinlone. While virtually unknown outside of Myanmar -- where it is hailed as the national sport -- chinlone is a popular pastime at Buddhist festivals, and has been played for over 1,500 years. In the game of chinlone there are no opposing teams; all players work together in a concerted effort to pass a woven "mystic" cane ball between one another and prevent it from falling to the ground. A graceful combination of sport, dance, and martial arts, chinlone is a communal sport that requires complete concentration, and can be played by everyone from small children to senior citizens. … More
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Tt opens a window on a remarkable world that few of us knew existed, and for that -- and for some of the amazing juggling and acrobatics on display -- it's memorable.
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