The Holy Gift is a documentary written by
Stéphane Kazadi. It's
journey to the four corners of the world, inspired
by the group Tool's music,
searching for answers to the question: "Why
do we like music?"
"Music is everywhere. No people or culture lives without it. Why do we feel the need to listen to it? Can we understand our attraction? Why is this art so special?
I offer a journey from Paris to New York, New Delhi to London, Athens to the Amazon rain forest in search of individuals from different worlds (a psychedelic painter, a mathematician who translates music into geometric shapes, a surgeon who became a virtuoso pianist after being struck by lightning, and a sculptor who casts metal to the rhythm of rock) - individuals who, through their singularity, passion, and talent, will enable audiences to better grasp the nature of music.
I've been playing music since I was 8 - piano, then guitar. Lateralus is my greatest musical discovery to date, an album that was different to what I knew though I couldn't explain why. It changed my approach to music. It provoked so many questions in me, including seemingly the simplest: Why do we like music? By wondering about that, I asked myself what Music was.
The Holy Gift opens the audience up to questions about creativity, rhythm, meditation, mathematics, philosophy, and myths. We will discover that understanding what music is means trying to understand its emotion and to justify it. But how can one rationally justify something which cannot really be analyzed? This film shows that music isn't just a series of notes on a stave. I want the audience to be able to listen to music with a fresh ear after watching the film." Stéphane Kazadi