“Cactus,” a feature length film directed by Aneek Chaudhuri is now set to be a part of video library of MOMA — Museum of Modern Arts. The silent film tells the story of Jesus through paintings and sculptures of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo (Pieta). The film is based on various stigmas around religion and presents Jesus Christ as a female.
Apart from the lives of Mother Mary and Jesus, the director has also drawn inspiration from Michelangelo’s Pieta to conceptualize the film. Painted in both, color and black and white, the film has been appreciated globally.
It will also be screened in Melbourne on Aug. 12.
Chaudhuri told the Times of India that is elated with the film’s inclusion in the MOMA library. “This is where my most films belong,” Chaudhuri told the Times of India. “Most of my films are pieces of art to me brought to life and ‘Cactus’ is a mark ahead, he said.
“Moreover, it was back in 2012 where I got fascinated by the works of Raphael, Michelangelo, Picasso; then, MOMA was the guardian in perfect mode. This is a dynamic place where any work of art is respected."