Controversial new film Sacrifice : In the Name of Goddess Gadhimai, named the “most frightening movie” of the Pollygrind Film Festival, is released on DVD in December.
Director Chandan Gupta’s film captures a week-long religious festival held in a remote village in Southern Nepal. Unbeknownst to most of the world, eight million Hindus travel here from throughout Asia once every five years to worship the Goddess Ghadimai. They chant, burn incense, ring bells, and cry at the stone goddess’s feet for five days. But this goddess wants blood, and the worshippers, most of whom are very poor, bring farm animals for sacrifice. Close to a half million buffalo, goats, and roosters are slaughtered. Finally, the people feast. This film captures for the first time the shocking ritual killing of these animals, the joy that comes from the prayers answered, and the need that drives the worshippers’ belief.
The Leomark studios release is being distributed by MVD on December 16.
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