As part of the immersive journey Lisa Von Tang took her guests on upon launching the collection I AM DURGA, guests were ushered into an attic along the way, to watch this film, written and directed by Lisa. The film stars Singaporean poet and musician, Deborah Emmanuel, LA-based performance artist and healer, Ariel White, and Lisa herself.
The film ties together the theme of the show - the warrior goddess Durga, and the struggles that women have faced over thousands of years of patriarchy. The struggle to respond with love, after society and perhaps domestic power dynamics puts women at a disadvantage again and again. After continued suppression, a boiling point is finally reached, and the woman at the end of the film puts her hand up to stop a slap to her face --- she holds the aggressor's hand fiercely, and non-verbally conveys "No More".
The film, "No More" is about symbolically narrating this boiling point, and modern woman's sacred anger to right the wrongs that have been done in the past. To refuse to bow down to a system that disenfranchises them, and to stand up for their self-worth and right to equality. Lisa wanted women in the audience to connect with Durga's story from ancient times --- a Warrior Goddess whose default position is a lotus floating on the pond, until she is called to 'save the world' or battle a demon, and then becomes the most supremely powerful entity that exists to conquer her foe. After she conquers, she again retreats to 'zen' with the world at peace. The film, in a sense, calls on women to connect with their inner Durga.