THE SLEEPING WARRIOR

By Chayan SARKAR

BOLLYWOOD DREAMS - as PROD

First film - Completed 2011

This film connects Hindu spirituality with Australian Aboriginal spirituality.A Hindu man, Rishi,comes to share his spiritual knowledge in Australia but feels the depth and power of Indigenous spirituality. Maka, an Indigenous artist, lost his sacred dreaming sites. His pain engulfs rocks,water,tree

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • First film
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Chayan SARKAR
    • Writer(s)
    • Chayan SARKAR
    • Producer(s)
    • Chayan SARKAR, Hugh SCARLETT
    • Synopsis
    • Liam and Rishi believe in the power of the feminine force of a Hindu Goddess. Rishi comes to Australia to run a spiritual workshop organised by Liam. Safia, owner of a local Aboriginal art gallery, passionate about art and spirituality,buys art from Maka.Safia has a deep connection with Maka. Safia,Liam, Maka all live in a community situated near rainforests, mountains and rocks. This place is sacred for aboriginal people for their spiritual practice and Dreaming for connecting with their ancestral spirits. Safia attends Rishi's workshop and asks Rishi about the significance of the sacred Indian basil Tulsi. Following Rishi's advice that Tulsi is good for purification, Safia goes to plant Tulsi in her garden. While digging to plant Tulsi, Safia comes across some human remains. While cops investigate on the remains to verify if they are Aboriginal remains, local non-Aboriginal inhabitants fear that they may now lose their land and houses if their land is declared protected by the Government. Aboriginal people start spiritual rituals for the remains and pay respect to their ancestral spirits in front of Safia's house.Safia's neighbour Gary blames Safia for reporting about the human remains to the police, cuts Maka's ritualistic tree in the forest with a chainsaw and files a case against the Aboriginal heritage protection unit with his lawyer in fear of losing his house.Maka could never do his Dreaming as his land and totems were lost a long time ago. His pain now engulfs the forests, trees and the birds. Maka continues his tradition by telling his stories to the younger generation.Rishi connects with the powerful sacred spiritual Indigenous land. Rishi and Safia find the similarities of the two ancient spiritual traditions exciting. Their friendship and intimacy grow.Rishi feels that the sacred land should go back to the Indigenous people.Maka paints The Sleeping Warrior, an ancestral spirit of this land and continues telling the story of The Sleeping Warrior to a little boy, Balang.
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