Kora is a Tibetan Buddhist phrase for a pilgrimage. The film, Kora, provides a similar journey - an exodus of the senses and the mind. A hypnotic, non-narrative film, in the vein of such classics as Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka, Kora combines images from Chinese and Tibetan culture, along with other sights and landscapes from those environs, with electronic music. The focus of the feature is not on easily-identifiable landmarks, for such would reduce it to a travelogue. Rather, the film focuses on the people and culture itself as a means of piquing curiosity within the viewer and leaving him/her with a general sense of awe after the film closes.
This is the seventh feature-length film by Beau Kaelin (Symbiosis, The Fated Assemblage of Dr. Malvagio), who shot the film over the course of six weeks as he backpacked around the country with camera in hand. The score was composed by William Bryan Ragland, a local musician who's involved in several bands in the Louisville music scene, such as The Revenants, ALL DEAD and DIRTY BITCH. This is his and Kaelin's second pairing (the first being Kaelin's fifth film, "Symbiosis"). It also features a guest track by Tony Robot (aka Chris Vititoe) of ULTRA PULVERIZE, another prominent Louisvillian band.