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CHIDRA



Israel, 2018, 4K - Color - 40 minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Nadav Harel

SCREENPLAY:
Arik Moran

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Nadav Harel

EDITING:
Nadav Harel

SOUND:
Shmulik Naparstek

PRODUCER:
Nadav Harel

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Chidra is an ethnographic essay on a hitherto undocumented human sacrifice ritual that takes place on the Himalayan frontier of the Hindu religious sphere. The film follows Ram Nath, a low caste peasant, as he travels to perform his duty as sacrificial scapegoat to the god Shiva. Transformed into a god in his own right, Ram Nath uses his powers to pierce through karma (“chidra”), absorbing society’s sins over three eventful days that culminate in his staged killing and resurrection. Chidra explores the humane undertones of this archaic murder ritual in a rapidly modernizing India.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Nadav is documentary filmmaker, based in Tel Aviv where he founded of the production house Noprocess films. His films specializes in wildlife, philosophy, medicine, hunting and Hinduism. Nadav’s work was screened world wide in venues such as BBC World, Museum of Natural History NYC, Harvard Medical School, Berlinale, Sheffield, SBS, YLE, CH8, and the Museum of Modern Art NYC and many more.

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