Despite the Gods


DESPITE THE GODS (52 & 85 mins)

Lynch is well known for making bold, if not ill-fated, choices in her filmmaking career. But nothing could prepare her for the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood movie making, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and self-realization. Despite the Gods tells the untold tale of Jennifer Lynch's Bollywood odyssey.

Welcome to India! Home of the world’s largest movie industry, where mere mortal film stars are worshiped with the same fervor as timeless Indian Gods; and the new buzzword ‘co-production’ looms on the lips of Indian financiers keen to form a Bollywood-Hollywood alliance. Hollywood’s prodigal daughter, Jennifer Lynch, travels to India to direct Hisss: a creature-feature film about the vengeful snake Goddess Nagin. But things go wrong very quickly. Perhaps there is a good reason why Hollywood and Bollywood have never blended like this before…

The more they plan, the more the Gods laugh. The more they try to lock things down, the more they seem to shift; locations, cast, scripts are constantly rotated, re-invented and improvised depending on what the Indian day brings. A cyclone, strikes and superstitious crew don’t do much to help. All differences, apparent and invisible, personal and professional are brought to the surface. With uncensored candour, Lynch can only cheerlead and watch with part hope, part despair as her beloved Hisss strays further and further away from her original vision. Surrounded by a team of truly wonderful Indian crew, her twelve-year-old daughter, and a cast of Bollywood stars, she does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters.

DIRECTOR: Penny Vozniak PRODUCER: Karina Astrup

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Despite the Gods premiered at Hot Docs, Chicago Int Film Festival, Fantasia, Sitges, Sydney, Stockholm etc… Eventually travelling to over 40 Festivals around the world and winning “Best Documentary” at LA Femme Film Festival, “Best Director” at Downtown LA Film Festival, and “Best Comedy” Award at Atlanta Doc Fest.  

It also had two International TV Broadcasts and a North American DVD/VOD release with Brink Vision.
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