In The Name of God

Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, the “Michael Moore of India”, is at the Pacific Film Archive (PFA) in Berkeley from October 21-24, 2004 as part of “Documentary Voices”, a project to bring documentary filmmakers to PFA as resident artists. Yesterday, he gave a talk after the screening of In The Name of God and the short We Are Not Your Monkeys which he had given as a keynote address at the Silverdocs Seminar, co-sponsored by the World Bank in June 2004. The keynote address ended with a music video titled: Images you didn’t see, a series of graphic and horrifying images from the war in Iraq set to the Peter, Paul and Mary recording of Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind. You can download the video at the bottom of the keynote address.

In The Name of God looks at the fanning of fundamentalism by high caste and class Hindus from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in a campaign to destroy the 16th. century Babri Masjid (mosque) in Ayodhya, said to be the birthplace of the god Ram, and to replace it with a Hindu Mandir (temple). The film was completed in December 1991. In December 1992, the Masjid was destroyed. Thousands of people were killed during the campaign, culminating in religious riots all over India and Pakistan after the destruction of the Masjid. Outspoken proponents of communal harmony were murdered, including the priest of the Hindu temple that was on the site of the Masjid.

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