The Madonna Murti


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    A documentary showcasing The Madonna Murti located in South Trinidad at the Siparia Roman Catholic Church, a black female statue venerated by Catholics as the Virgin Mary and worshipped by Hindus as a black Hindu Goddess

    DIRECTED BY: Oyetayo Raymond & Ojoade Sharon Syriac

    Documentary | Trinidad & Tobago | 2013 | 54 min | English | HD
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    This documentary features candid interviews with poojaris, pilgrims, pundits and priests as well as academic experts who have tried to understand The Madonna Murti, artists who have tried to capture her illusive image and writers who have tried to tell her story.

    The documentary utilizes narratives, drama, illustrations and song to tell the tale of a statue who offers health, hope, help and happiness to those who come to her most in need of it.

    The celebrations at the La Divina Pastora Siparia RC Church in Trinidad and Tobago are very similar to those practised at Our Lady of Vailankanni in India. This is documented in the film.


    • Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) – September 2011
    • The University of Trinidad and Tobago NAPA campus as part of the Research in Film Series – April 2012
    • The  India Diaspora Conference, St Vincent and the Grenadines – June 2012
    • The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – August 2013
    • Fatima College Hall, Trinidad and Tobago –  September 2013
    • The  6th Louisville Festival of Film – October 2013
    • The  17th Conference  on Catholic Theology in the Caribbean Today ( A Critical Appraisal of some Responses to the Madonna Murti Controversy and its Implications for the Hindu-Christian Dialogue) at Mount ST. Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad – June 2014


    • Best Shorts Competition Awards of Excellence (La Jolla, California) – September 2012
    • ‘Awards of Merit’ from Indie Fest in – October 2013