A silent feature-length film that portrays Jesus Christ as female will soon release on an ‘Over the Top’ (OTT) media service platform.
According to the report
, the film titled “Cactus” opened in Vienna in 2019, and was presented in Marche du Film, Cannes. Later, it went on to be the official selection at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and travelled to Rome and Argentina. It is now preserved in the Academy Film Archives.
While talking to media, on its release after a year on Amazon Prime Video, the film’s director Aneek Chaudhuri said: “It is a nice feeling that our labor of love is releasing.”
On criticism faced on portraying Jesus Christ as female, he added: “Such things are trivial, and it is time to cherish what we have made, and it was indeed a brave effort which was termed as blasphemy by some. Aparajita Dey portrayed Jesus Christ in a sublime way in the film.”
Previously, in Brazil, a film which was published on the OTT platform called Netflix, depicted Jesus Christ as a gay. On January 9, 2020, Brazil court had told Netflix to remove the content from their web. The First Temptation of Christ depicts Jesus returning home on his 30th birthday and insinuates he is gay. Religious groups bristled at the depiction. Creators of the film have defended it as legitimate freedom of expression.