Five Faces of Shiva
Directed by R.A. Fedde. 2019. United States / India. 60 minutes.
Country/region featured: India
In-person Q&A with Rachel Fedde and Mark Baron
Five Faces of Shiva follows the rise and fall of the popularity of Hindu god lithographs, arguably India’s first mass media. Lithography — a printing technique which allowed for highly detailed and affordable copies of images — allowed people from all walks of life to own their own direct connection to the gods and goddesses they loved. From the complicated backdrop of British colonization which led to coded messages of rebellion hidden in the prints themselves, to rival presses outdoing one another to the point of ruin, to the dramatic mythological stories depicted in the images, the film explores their deep history and religious symbolism through interviews and on site experiences with collectors, historians, contemporary artists, and devotees.
Distributed by the filmmaker