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“The Flowering Tree” is an Indian folk tale in which two sisters search for a means of survival. One decides to become a flowering tree and tells the other, “you can pick my flowers and sell them, but be careful; if you break a twig or tear a branch it will be my body that you break and tear.”
The story is used as a metaphor in the film, the two sisters representing the two sides of the dancer Leela Samson.
The film weaves in and out of documentary and narrative; rehearsal and performance; interviews and self exploration so as to reveal the several selves as well as the unique core of dancer, teacher and choreographer Leela Samson.
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