STATUS: IN DEVELOPMENT
TITLE: WORD OF GOD
KEYWORDS: FAITH. BELIEFS. BIBLE
TAGLINE: “Love God above all other things”
STORYLINE: Eight stories based on the experiences of eight individuals forced to pay a high price for taking their own beliefs to the extreme.
“Word of God” is a reflection, through 8 self-conclusive episodes, inspired by 8 verses from the Old Testament, addressing the risks we run by taking our ideas or beliefs to the extreme. Through well-known biblical texts, current issues such as homophobia, bullying or pseudosciences are discussed.
Each episode is set in a European country and will be filmed by technical and artistic teams of each nationality. “Word of God” takes advantage of international talent and the cultural mixing pot to portray varying societies, reflected through a number of languages and narrative styles.
A group of men and women living in various parts of the world are absorbed by their own beliefs to the extent that they become trapped in a succession of events that will push them to the limit. A bodybuilder caught up in a harmful obsession with her body, a young man addicted to social media, a group of neo-Nazis or a staunch defender of the anti-vaccine movement are just some of the stories, inspired by 8 verses from the Old Testament that form part of the “The Word of God”.
“Jehovah rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven”. Genesis, 19:24.
STORYLINE: Madrid. Juan wants to become a member of a neo-Nazi gang but he must first take part in a violent attack on a gay club that leaves one person dead and hundreds injured.
And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them!
STORYLINE: Vienna. Abel manages to cope with being bullied at school until his little sister also falls victim to the bullies. The teenager takes his own particular form of revenge by poisoning several classmates during a Halloween party
“Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth (...) we will lie with him, that we may preserve the seed of our father”.
THEME: PROSTITUTION. INCEST.
STORYLINE: Rome. Laura, a high class prostitute, convinces her twin sister to sleep with a client who turns out to be their father in disguise. Laura becomes pregnant, and although her father, a right wing politician, discovers the truth, he remains silent in order to safeguard his political career.
“None of your descendants shall come forward to God (...) Not he who is blind, or lame, or has any blemish or limb too long”.
Leviticus 21: 17-24.
THEME: IDEALS OF BEAUTY.
STORYLINE: London. Following her recent maternity, Carol wants to enter a European body-building championship. She prepares for the event with strict diets and training sessions, and also starts taking anabolic steroids. Despite achieving her goal, her poor physical condition leads to her death during the competition.
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat (...) therefore the Lord God drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims”.
THEME: SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION.
STORYLINE: Warsaw. Igor, a recluse, falls in love with an unknown woman on social media. The woman sets a trap and uses a series of photos to send him a Trojan virus that installs paedophilic content on his computer that leads to Igor’s eventual arrest.
“The tenth and final plague was the death of the firstborn male children. God commanded Moses to tell all Israelites to mark their doorposts (...) As there were none marked (...) he killed all the Egyptian firstborn”.
THEME: PSEUDOSCIENCE: THE ANTI-VACCINE MOVEMENT.
STORYLINE: Amsterdam. Ignoring his wife’s advice, Daniël (45), decides not to vaccinate his daughter Claudia before sending her away on summer camp. During the holiday, the little girl and several of her friends fall ill with Type A flu. All those attending the camp are placed in quarantine due to the epidemic. Whilst Daniël and his wife Anna bicker about the rights and wrongs, Claudia passes away.
“Take your son and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you”. Genesis, 22:1.
THEME: ORGAN TRAFFICKING
STORYLINE: Athens. Professional ethics prevent Alexander (55), a doctor, from accepting a black market kidney that would save the life of his ailing son, Ulysses. In contrast, his wife accepts the organ but is ripped off by the gang that is trafficking illegally with human organs. Just when Ulysses is on the brink of death, the hospital miraculously receives a kidney from a compatible donor.
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” Proverbs 22:7.
THEME: WORKPLACE MOBBING. EMIGRATION.
STORYLINE: Barcelona. Rosalia (40), a Colombian chambermaid, is harassed by a number of guests at the hotel where she works. When she tries to report what’s going on, her boss threatens to sack her. Rosalia is forced to back down out of financial need. In order to make up for her “affront”, her boss demands the maid carries out a sex act which she has no choice but to agree to.
AN ANTHOLOGICAL SERIEs
“The Word of God” is an anthological series made up of 8 separate and self-concluding episodes yet which all share a common thread: each episode is based on verses from the Old Testament.
A UNIVERSAL THEME
“The Word of God” reflects on the risks of taking our ideas or beliefs to extremes and the rise of the so-called “new religions of the 21st century”. The thirst for success or achieving impossible ideals of beauty are the new dogmas that drive modern-day society. Well- known texts from the Bible are used to address issues such homophobia, the rise of radical movements, bullying or pseudoscience.
A SERIES DESIGNED FOR COPRODUCTION
Each episode is set in a European country and will be filmed by technical and artistic teams of each nationality. “The Word of God” takes advantage of international talent and the cultural mixing pot to portray varying societies, reflected through a number of languages and narrative styles.
A TRANSMEDIA PROJECT
The extended universe of “The Word of God” aims to reach out to audiences with a series of proposals such as a wiki featuring the characters and stories included in the series, a collaborative comic or interactive map of the series settings in the various participating countries.