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The Spark
  • Crime/Violence
  • Politics
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Ravenge
  • Human Rights/Labor/Social
  • Country/RegionIndia
  • Production Year2023
  • Running Time98min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor
Program Note
Filmmaker Kabir arrives in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of Hinduism with a history dating back to ancient times. Kabir begins to film Durga, who works at a crematorium by the Ganges, and Amma, who awaits death in Varanasi to break the cycle of reincarnation. Kabir’s camera depicts the ordinary yet profoundly ritualistic moments in Varanasi with a skillful interplay of light and shadow. These visual elements are intertwined with an array of unsettling sounds—the persistent and mysterious ringing of a phone in the distance, a shockingly violent lynching captured through Kabir’s earphones, and the ceaseless prayers chanted through the streets during funeral processions. Through the ruptures in these imagery and sound, The Spark questions the violence that often manifests under the guise of religion and delves into the intricate complexities about individual salvation. (PARK Sun Young)
Rajesh S. JALA
Born in Kashmir in 1969, Rajesh S. Jala has worked as a documentary filmmaker for the past 20 years. His first feature documentary, Floating Lamp of The Shadow Valley (2006), screened at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival and competed at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, followed by Children of The Pyre (2008), which screened at the Busan International Film Festival, and won the Documentary Award at the Montreal International Film Festival. The Spark is his feature film debut.
Greetings from the Director
Rajesh S. JALA
Rajesh S. JALA
Puneet SWARASWAT, Durga Prasad CHOUDHARY, Bhaghirathi Devi CHOUDHARY, Sanjay SURI
Production Company
India H543-C, Palam Vihar