By Nilamadhab PANDA, Shankhajeet DEY


Epic - Completed 2016

A tree is felled to make new idols for the Hindu God Jagannath worshipped in Odisha, India. A group of temple servitors conduct the ritual with joyous abandonment. But for the lady of the household who nurtured the tree, it’s a moment of loss, longing, devotion and faith.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Epic, Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • INDIA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nilamadhab PANDA, Shankhajeet DEY
    • Writer(s)
    • Shankhajeey DEY, Puloma PAL
    • Synopsis
    • A God changes its body like the eternal soul does in the Hindu way of Living. The ritual is called Nabakalebara meaning new incarnation for Jagannath deity worshipped in the temple town of Puri in Odisha, eastern coast of India. This rare ritual took place last year after nineteen years. A tree nurtured lovingly by a household gets chosen to build the new idols for the God. This becomes a moment to explore ideas of anticipation, love, longing, separation faith and surrender to God. ‘God’s own People’ is a feature length narrative documentary showcases Odiya people’s relationship with God.