I AM JESUS AT WARSAW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 07, 2011
I AM JESUS COMPETES TO WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL
The documentary, entirely produced by Fabrica, continues its race on the international film festival circuit, participating in the competition at the 27th edition of Warsaw Film Festival, in the Documentary Features Competition program
Fabrica, September 2011. After being selected in competition by the major international film festivals (Sao Paulo – Brazil, Rotterdam, Hot Docs – Toronto, DOXA – Vancouver and Festival dei Popoli–Florence), now I am Jesus has been selected in competition by Warsaw Film Festival, one of the most interesting film festivals of Eastern Europe area, scheduled from October 7 to 16, 2011.
In many religions the concept of God appearing on earth in human form is a well discussed matter, and millions of believers expect the Messiah to come and save humanity.
But what if Jesus was already living amongst us? Would he be wearing a white robe, surrounded by light, preaching in the streets? Where would he be born and which language would he speak? Would he be a political leader? A TV presenter? Or simply the homeless guy in front of your local supermarket?
I am Jesus explores the controversial subject of the return of the Messiah in three different geographic and cultural environments in today’s world: a farming commune in the desolate heathlands of Siberia, a group of rebellious squatters in England, and a pacific community that has become a YouTube phenomenon in Brazil. They revolve around three different figures, who have just one thing in common: they all claim to be Jesus.
The documentary has been entirely produced by Fabrica, Benetton’s Media and Communication Research Centre, a place of experimentation, dialogue and cultural growth focusing on the free expression of every art form. Fabrica decided to support two young residents, the Austrian Valerie Gudenus and the Brazilian Heloisa Sartorato, who, after in-depth research, left for Brazil, England and Siberia to follow these religious leaders and the daily life of their followers, trying to find out the reasons why they decide to leave behind their family bonds, their homes and comforts to devote their lives to one person and what that person claims to be.
The creative director of the project is Babak Payami, producer and Iranian-Canadian director, winner of the 2001 Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival with the film Secret Ballot.
As declared by the two young directors, “In I am Jesus we wanted to find out what these religious leaders are trying to accomplish and why there seems to be an everlasting need for someone that people can follow and believe in”.
Fabrica is a place of experimentation and innovation, born in 1994 with the aim of combining culture with industry. Fabrica invites young artists/designers to its centre, offering them a one-year study grant and providing them with a professional training opportunity and a wealth of resources and relations, to develop cultural and social communication projects in the areas of design, visual communication, photography, interaction, video, music and publishing, under the guidance of experts.
Fri. Oct 7 at 21:30
Wed. Oct 12 at 14:00
Thu. Oct 13 at 19:00
Screening venue: KINOTEKA cinema, Warsaw
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