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The heart of a murderer

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The heart of a murderer

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The heart of a murderer – A man on a train is looking out of the window. His name is Samundar Singh. The train is traveling across India, heading South, to Kerala. Samundar was once a convict. He had committed an awful crime. Through his voice and recollections, his story slowly unfolds.

Central India, prison of Indore, year 2002. Samundar is serving a life sentence for having stabbed to death a young Franciscan missionary, sister Rani Maria. An elderly man, white-haired, barefooted and dressed as a sannyasi, warmly embraces Samundar saying: “God has forgiven you”. This man, in spite of appearances, is Father Michael, a Christian Sannyasi, called Swami Sadanand by all.

On the train, Samundar remembers how he was caught in the trap of religious fundamentalism, and how, abandoned by all his family and friends after the murder, he was forgiven and helped only by the family of his victim. He also remembers the day when, still in jail, he celebrated the rakshabandan, a Hindu rite in which a woman ties a bracelet (rakhi) around the wrist of a man, symbolizing the bond of sacred brotherhood. The woman who tied the bracelet was Selmy, Rani Maria’s sister. Selmy, a Christian nun, and Samundar, a Hindu, are now brother and sister. Rani Maria’s family had forgiven Samundar immediately. After the rakhi, with Swamiâ’s help, they asked and obtained a pardon for Samundar. He was released from jail after 12 years in 2006. Samundar is now a free man and lives in his native village. However, his wife had abandoned him while he was in prison and many in the community there barely tolerate him: some because he is a murderer, others because he now associates with the Christians. But Samundar is not afraid of them, nor does he take offence at their provocations.

He visits his sister Selmy at the convent before starting his journey by train to Kerala, where he will meet Rani’s mother and brothers. The only thing that matters for him now is the love of his new family. The mother’s embrace will be for him the start of a new life: “You’re my son, I’m glad that you came.”

Release Date: (DVD) TBA!

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