Shaping Gods

by Jurgen Shafleschner

Curriculum of the author
Jurgen Schaflechner is a Phd candidate at the University of Heidelberg. In 2011 he was a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Theology in the University of Harvard. His objects of teaching at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Heidelberg are grounded on the definition of the concepts of syncretism, mixture and purity.

The documentary evokes the story of a Pakistani sculptor who carves religious statues for temples in his country. At the centre of this short film, a long interview allows spectators to get into the work of the artist plumbing the depth of his life.

This work develops around an original subject rendered with a combination of good technique, irony and perspicacity in presenting intercultural comparisons. The artist has developed a twenty-year long experience in handcrafting works of art, autonomously as well as a chief of a team of work assistants.