Shorts02 - Women, empowerment and religion (2021)

  • Shorts Collection
  • 1h 10m


Ritual encounters with divinity

Those Who Have Eyes To See | 2019 | 19 min.

Director: Melanie Grant

The Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad have a common saying: “Those who have eyes to see, shall see”. This makes reference to their ability to see and access both the carnal and spiritual realms. The film explores this way of seeing through comparing the carnal, spiritual and ethnographic eye.

Competing for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize

Fathima the Oracle | 2020 | 27 min.

Director: Geleck Palsang

“A young Muslim girl from a small village in northern India is possessed by a Buddhist deity. As she becomes a recognized medium, she struggles to balance her personal life with her new calling. Can she continue to be a medium for a Buddhist deity to help people in need of both spiritual and mundane guidance in their lives? Will her future husband and in-laws accept her embrace of two religions?”

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

Guli Armug’on | 2019 | 23 min.

Director: Iqbol Meliqo’ziev

Uzbek and Tajik women in eastern Uzbekistan celebrate the arrival of spring by gathering at the grave of an Islamic saint. The Afghan redbud trees growing on the site are in full bloom. The magical communion between nature, human, Islamic saint, and God is celebrated.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

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Trinidad and Tobago, India, Uzbekistan