Director : Konarak Mukherjee / 127 / India / Bengali, English / 2018
This is an interpretation of the mythical tale of Abraham, delving into the dark and macabre world of religious fanaticism and dogma. God is wrathful and His judgement is upon our world. God would burn down the sinful and decadent human civilisation to the ground. He, the preferred child of the lord, pleaded with God in order to delay the apocalypse and took up the task of ridding the civilisation of sin… One sinner at a time.
Amartya Sankar Chakrabarty – Producer/Sound Designer
Konarak Mukherjee – Director/Scriptwriter
Basudeb Chakraborty – Cinematographer
Nivedita Halder – Editor
Debdeep Mukherjee – Music
Hiya Mukherjee – Art Director
Subhajit Pramanik – Art Director
In August, 2015, ISIS finally caught up to Syrian historian Prof. Khaled al-Asaad, who had, in May, 2005, helped evacuate the city museum before ISIS took control of Tadmur and Palmyra. The 83-years-old academic was beheaded in public. Since 2013, my neighboring country Bangladesh has experienced a blood-soaked chronicle of murders – first secular, progressive and atheist bloggers and students, then anti-superstition activists, members of minority religious and ethnic groups, representatives of Bengali and western cultures – at the hands of Islamic fundamentalist groups. In India, a political party with the agenda of Hindu supremacy formed the government in 2014 and since then we’ve been experiencing radical Hindu fundamentalist groups wreaking havoc – starting from distorting history to prove supremacy of the Hindus to censoring all contrary political beliefs and statements, from killing secular and progressive academics, activists and journalists to bringing laws to repress the minority religious and ethnic groups.
As I started investigating the source of the rampant intolerance throughout the continent, I felt an urgent need to differentiate between the fundamentalist, an individual, and fundamentalism, the idea that usually spawns out of a blind faith, an unquestioned obedience to authority. No authority can be above questioning for every authority has its own goals and motives. I see the fundamentalist, the ground level perpetrator of violence and intolerance as essentially a victim of a system that preaches obedience. And I realized that terms like ‘faith’ and ‘god’ are not religious, but political. While the church has persecuted homosexuals, so has the democratic British government (the brilliant Mr. Alan Turing)! While Muslim zealots of Bangladesh have exiled Taslima Nasreen, the Communist regime in Eastern Europe has done the same to Milan Kundera. While Hindu fundamentalists in India murdered rationalist author Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Pinochet regime in Chile with the support of the so called democratic US government orchestrated the murder of Victor Jara. Whenever man has submitted without question to an authority, be it as personal as one’s parents or as universal as god, he has become a victim of a system that despises reason, despises opposition, despises dialectics.
God being the ultimate representation of authority in the history of human civilization, and Abraham being the first man to become the epitome of obedience, I adopted this mythology to probe into the nature of authority and unquestioned submission. ‘Abraham’ was born out of my frustration and anger at the intolerance prevalent in my country today. My ‘Abraham’ is not a Biblical tale, it is the representation of my thoughts on moral authority and persecution of people on the basis of their beliefs and personal choices. It is not a critique of religion, but of the politics that drives religion and every other authority.
Rajatava Dutta – The Father
Biswabasu Biswas Isaac
Naireet Basak – The Other Son