Tri Hita Karana (Three steps to prosperity) is first and foremost a traditional Balinese philosophy or set of guide lines which are aimed to help people live in harmony with each other, with nature and with the spiritual world.
The documentary Tri Hita Karana explores how disregard for the practical principles of the philosophy have lead to a non-sustainable way of living.
Chakra Widia suggests that the spiritual world (Niskala) is being put before the physical world (Sekala) and that this is creating unbalance in the harmony between human and nature.
Through the film we begin to see a tension between religion, progress and agriculture which is the backbone of the Balinese culture.
The film has been shown in a variety of arrangements and contexts, from a live-scored 5-screen 360-degree geosdesic dome as part of the Cultural Olympiad, London Olympics, to a single screen live edited performance as part of a music festival.
The live music is performed and composed by Mark Thompson and Benjamin Garman (Jangle)
The film was directed by Thomas Buttery and Joel Bates