Anand Patwardhan:
Ram Ke Nam/In the Name of God

Saturday 20 July 2013, 19.00 – 20.30

£5, concessions available.
Season ticket £30 / £20 concessions.
Individual screening days available to book on-line, season tickets available to book by telephone 020 7887 8888

Ram Ke Nam/In the Name of God

India 1991, 16 mm, 75 min, Hindi, English subtitles

In the Name of God studies the ways in which Hindu fundamentalism stages and mobilises the religious iconography of the warrior god Ram against Muslim communities thereby inciting Hindus to turn upon their neighbours with murderous intent. A roadside hoarding depicts Lord Ram, bow in right hand, arrow in his left, sheaf of arrows strapped behind him, towering above his temple. Next to Ram is the face of L.K. Advani, the leader of the VHP fundamentalist party, the politician intent on leading a crusade to destroy the 16th-century Babri mosque in Ayodha and build the temple in the supposed birthplace of Ram. In the Name of God follows L.K. Advani’s journey towards Ayodha in an air-conditioned Toyota built to resemble a rath or religious chariot. Behind him is a flotilla of flatbed trucks, draped with saffron garlands and crowded with men wearing saffron headbands, holding saffron flags and three children wearing the wigs, armbands, headpieces and jewellery of Ram, inciting riots as it goes. In this instance, Advani’s promise to build the temple was unsuccessful. But the government delayed the national broadcast of In the Name of God. By the time of its broadcast in 1996, the film’s warnings against imminent communal violence, voiced throughout the film, had long come true. In December 1992, fundamentalists finally succeeded in storming and destroying the Babri mosque as promised, unleashing reprisals and counter-reprisals between Muslims and Hindus across India.

Curated by The Otolith Collective. Followed by audience discussion with the director Anand Patwardhan and guest speakers.

Part of the series A Cinema of Songs and People: The Films of Anand Patwardhan.

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

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Anand Patwardhan, Ram Ke Nam/In the Name of God 1990

Anand Patwardhan, Ram Ke Nam/In the Name of God 1990
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