Ramzan is best known as a fast for the body that meets the needs of the soul. The movie Ramzan explores the fast as a "way of living" rather than a month-long celebration.

The movie is based on the realization that humans have forgotten their needs.

The "solution-oriented" mindset has trapped us in limbo where we wait till death in a constant state of finding a solution. It's almost as if we are living for the sake of the problems that we fill our days solving.

Despite making ourselves replaceable in every way - from health diagnosis to fertilization - we are inextricably entangled in the "solution" trap.

We hold on to our "problems" as treasured gifts that help us "make sense" of why we choose to lock ourselves behind concrete dwellings that resemble graves, more than a dwelling that is a natural extension of the human form. Some of us have even developed their identities and personalities based on their problems, and form relationships with the world and others based on these problems.

We have chosen the "finding a solution" mindset as an alternative to living.

Ramzan, when experienced as a way of life, frees us from the must-dos that we mindlessly create for ourselves.

Rather than living in a constant state of "dealing with life" where we consume food based on our "stress of the moment", the movie promotes the raw vegan diet: a budget friendly, high nutrition diet.

Humans are the only animals who possess an active conscious imagination. We were created to dream, rather than compete with machines, or become a piece of furniture (work desk).

The inward journey - understanding our physical needs, our relationship with the world, our unique ambitions, understanding death - are things we postpone to a vague someday that we hope never comes.

The movie strives to highlight the irrevocable state of numbness we have put ourselves in, that makes "being alive" and "our human existence" something that we can't confront.

The movie suggests welcoming Ramzan into our lives so that we can experience human existence in its wholeness. With a very low budget everyone can choose to live near nature, wear single dye natural fabrics and eat at dusk - the hunter-gatherer way.

The movie's message is to prioritize ourselves in our own lives since that is what the planet expects from us. The "human vs planet" struggle is an external manifestation of our inner resistance to life. And it ends when we live completely.

  • Adya Sharma
  • Adya Sharma
  • Adya Sharma
  • Adya Sharma
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 2, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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    Yes - Auroville
  • Auroville
    April 2, 2023
Director Biography - Adya Sharma

Director, writer, producer Adya Sharma, born Ghaziabad, India, February 23rd, 1991, began her career as a scriptwriter and graduated to writing and directing documentaries.

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