Final Solution| 1hr : 28mins
Director: Rakesh Sharma | Producer: Rakesh Sharma
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: India
Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 carnage in Gujarat in Western India. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscent of the Nazi Germany of the early 1930s. Final Solution is anti-hate/violence, as "those who forget history are condemned to relive it".
Part 1: Pride and Genocide deals with the pogrom and its immediate aftermath. It examines patterns of pre-planned genocidal violence against Muslims (by right-wing Hindutva cadres), which many claim was state-supported, if not state-sponsored. Even as Chief Minister Modi traverses the state on his Gaurav Yatra, the film reconstructs through eyewitness accounts the attack on Gulbarg and Patiya (Ahmedabad) and acts of sexual violence at Eral and Delol.
Part 2: The Hate Mandate documents the Assembly election campaign in Gujarat in late 2002. It focuses on the exploitation of the Godhra incident by right-wing propaganda machinery for electoral gains. The film studies the situation months after the elections to find shocking fault lines â€“ voluntary ghettoisation, segregation in schools, formal calls for economic boycott of Muslims and continuing acts of violence.
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