Perfect Sweat (2021)

7 part Series   |   English   | 
Executive Producer - Greg M. Moga

Everyone sweats. It’s one of the most elemental things a human body can do. But when it's pursued intentionally, like eating, drinking, or making love, it’s also one of the few natural experiences that can rejuvenate us and bring spiritual and social reconnection to our lives.

Our ancestors understood this and have ritually practiced various forms of intense sweating since the beginning of time.

Today, all over the world, people still seek out the banya, steam room, sweat lodge, and hammam. The question our program seeks to answer is why? The motivation can vary by region, culture, country, and tradition. Each episode will be a journey exploring the root of that question and seeking the answer. The program will be less about the act of physically steaming and more about the story behind it.

We are in search of the perfect sweat!

Inspired by the book “Sweat” by Mikkel Aaland and starring a host of characters, our series will take the form of an exploratory journey to every corner of the world.

Each episode will take place in a new location that can be anything from a Navajo sweat lodge in Monument Valley to a gigantic Turkish bathhouse to a Swiss sauna inside a mountain gondola dangling high above the peaks.

Within that there are three goals for each show: 

a) To visit someplace fascinating

b) To understand why people have historically sweat in the location we are visiting and why they continue to do it today

c) To meet some incredible and entertaining people along the way

Each episode, we will learn something about how others live their day to day lives and how the art of sweat is intertwined within that specific culture and tradition.

For example:

An Inuit in the Northwest Territories might sit in a sweat lodge for spiritual reasons.

A South Korean might go to a steam room / Korean Bath because that’s what their mother did, their mother’s mother did and their mother’s mother’s mother did. It is part of a regular bathing routine for them and always has been.

A Finnish person might sauna every day because they are physically addicted to the healthy benefits of steam.

Health, spirituality, culture, sexuality, vitality, history: these dynamics are found in each character and story.