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Samskara/Impressions (2018)

Logline: A boy killed his drunk, Wife-beating Father. What happens when he realizes that he has now become the man he hated the most. Are we truly the slaves of our Samskara/Impressions? Synopsis: According to various schools of Indian philosophy, every ... read more

Completed On: 01 Jan, 2018

Duration: 11 min 0 sec

Genres: Experimental, Fiction, Short

Country: India

Director: Sankalp Rawal

Submitted By: sankalp rawal

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Logline:
A boy killed his drunk, Wife-beating Father. What happens when he realizes that he has now become the man he hated the most. Are we truly the slaves of our Samskara/Impressions?

Synopsis:
According to various schools of Indian philosophy, every action, intent or preparation experienced by an individual leaves a Samskara (Impression, Impact, Imprint) in the deeper structure of his or her mind.

These impressions then await volitional fruition in that individual's future, in the form of hidden expectations, circumstances or unconscious sense of self-worth. These Samskaras manifest as a tendency, karmic impulse, subliminal impression, habitual potency or innate dispositions.

The film depicts the similarity of Abhimanyu’s childhood and his current life simultaneously via a split screen. He realizes that he has become the man who had left the strongest Samskara (Impressions) on him: his wife-beating father.
He concludes that the only way out of this circle of karma is by taking his own life.
But, he’s saved when his wife's compassion calls to surface the Impressions of his mother’s love and lullabies.

Impressions form the body of our soul. Only consciousness can liberate us.
  • Directors
    Sankalp Rawal
  • Producers
    Sankalp Rawal
  • Writers
    Sankalp Rawal
  • Film Type
    Experimental, Fiction, Short
  • Genres
  • Runtime
    11 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Jan, 2018
  • Production Budget
    7000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    English, Hindi
  • Shooting Format
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    Yes

Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF)
United States
Kansas

Vancouver Asian Film Festival(VAFF)
Canada
Vancouver

Streatham Free Film festival
United Kingdom
London

Director's Biography

Sankalp Rawal has been a Production assistant for Prakash Jha films and is currently writing a web series for Amazon Prime.
Samskara is his first film as a Writer/Director. The film travelled to over 15 international film festivals.
He co-wrote a short titled ‘Sometimes she loved me too...’. This was selected for screening at the Florence Indian Film Festival.
He has worked on Web and TV writing and development projects for Star(Ishqbaaz), Disney, Hotstar(Tanhaiyaan) and Balaji.
Sankalp’s Production house ‘Myths & Mountains' is producing a Masterclass on “Bhagavad Gita - Navigating the Battle of Life” with the renowned philosopher Dr.Ravi Ravindra.
He was the EP for the documentary “Reality of Being” directed by Rajula Shah [Ex- Acting Dean FTII]. And, has Studied writing from Pan Nalin, Mahesh Dattani (Playwright and Screenwriter) and Kathie Giorgio(Wisconsin, USA).
Sankalp’s short story “The Monk and the Warrior” was selected at the Swedish literary festival in Delhi.
He’s a part-time Performance Poet and a full time student of Myths.

Director's Statement

This film is inspired by a true incident in my life. I was shocked to see my cousin slowly grow into a drunkard although he had seen his father destroy everyone’s life by drinking. He had seen his father wither away to bones and die a slow agonising death and yet here he was, getting drunk each evening.

It reminded me of the Yogic concept of Samskara. A word which has now come down to mean manners. It’s not really the good manners that our parents try to instruct which affect us but rather our impressions how they live.

Making this film was an exercise in guided attention. Also it was clear to us that the only way to consciousness is to see life repeating itself side by side. So, the cinematic device of split screen choose itself.

We had to create a very detailed storyboard of each shot so as to facilitate the movement of attention naturally. We also used devices such as strategic use of sound to guide the viewers attention.

We made sure that while there’s an important moment on the left screen then the right screen goes on with a more mundane task allowing the viewers to organically split their attention.

The biggest challenge was to allow the acting to be real and organic while keeping with such a precise storyboard of actions and positions. So, we shot the film in the sequence of the film allowing the actors to go through the journey of the night in the actual sequence.

My aim with this film is to let the viewers reflect on these underlying subconscious patterns in their own life. And an invitation to study Yoga far beyond the usual asanas - as a science of being.

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