God means differently to different people, in different parts of world, in different points in time. But what remains same is the sense of faith, devotion and spiritual fulfillment. Lord Jagannath worshipped in the temple town of Puri means the same to the people of Odisha.
Nabakalebara, meaning new incarnation is a ritual of the Deities worshipped in the Jagannath temple in the eastern coast of India. The Deities are made from Neem wood , the tree for which are selected from the interior landscape of the province. Jagannath along with His three other companions Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshana are worshipped as the presiding deity in Odisha. This change of body of the Gods are not merely looked as death and birth.
God’s Own People, explores the way this is manifested in Jagannath worship in Odisha. Taking Nabakalebara as an unique opportunity, the film is a human document of how Odiya people relate to Lord Jagannath, elixir of their life; source of their spiritual sustenance.
The film revolves around, how the temple servitors ventured out from the Puri temple and a household from whose front yard a Neem tree is selected to be the God.
The ritual becomes a pageantry of assertion of living with a sense of intimacy with the God. Nabakalebara becomes a drama that is interplay of faith, anticipation, devotion, claimant and surrender to God.
Gods’ Own People is an intimate document of human faith narrated as a cinematic story.
|India||2016||80min||Odia with English Subtitle|
|Director:||NILA MADHAB PANDA|
Nila Madhab Panda
Nila Madhab Panda is an internationally acclaimed film maker and social activist. He has been awarded with the third highest civilian honor “Padmashri” by the honorable president of India in 2016.
Panda has produced and directed over 70 diverse and cutting edge films, documentaries and shorts. These films are based on important social issues such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation and many other developmental issues across the globe. His films have won him several awards and critical acclaim. Most of his films have unique insights drawn from his own life, the metaphorical distance that he has traversed from a small obscure village based in one of the remotest parts of India, to metropolitan cities across the globe.