A parable of man’s exploitation of his fellow man. A weaver and a farmer live peacefully on the edge of a desert until, one day, a woman wanders into their world, and her presence slowly disrupts their routine existence.
A farmer (Naseeruddin Shah) and a weaver (Om Puri) exchange their products for goods provided by a regular passing trader (M.K. Raina). A woman (Shabana Azmi) arrives, forcing the two men’s desires but also urging them to obtain more recompense from the trader. After a visit to a village fair, the two men become more acquisitive and jealousies break out over the now pregnant woman who simply ups and leaves. As the two men fight each other, the trader’s men attack and enslave the workers again.
Genesis is a 1986 Hindi-language film directed by Mrinal Sen. The film stars Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. It was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by: Mrinal Sen
Starring: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, M.K. Raina
Screenplay by: Samaresh Basu, Mohit Chatterjee
Production Design by: Nitish Roy
Cinematography by: Carlo Varini
Film Editing by: Elisabeth Waelchli
Costume Design by: Nitish Roy
Music by: Ravi Shankar
Distributed by: International Film Circuit
Release Date: November 22, 1986