Documentary, 75', IT 2010


I AM JESUS is a documentary that was co-directed by Valerie Gudenus and Heloisa Sartorato. It portrays three communities that have formed around different characters claiming to be the Second Coming of Christ.

An organic farming community in Siberia has evolved around a charismatic, but introvert man called Vissarion. His teachings focus on developing a society prepared to survive in a scarce future. In Brazil INRI Cristo, a simple but educated man has become a media phenomenon. While appearing in almost every TV show of the country he has built a safe haven for his mainly female followers.
David Shayler is a former secret service agent in the UK who has become spiritual after going to prison. He is part of a young squatting community fighting capitalism and rejecting the system.

The documentary shows the everyday life of each community and explores differences and similarities between them while raising questions about leadership and spiritual belonging.

Co-Director: Heloisa Sartorato, Editor: Pablo Pastor, Music: Francesco Novara, Producer: Babak Payami, Production: Fabrica

The film was shown at many international film festivals. Here are some of them:

Zagreb Film Festival 2010/ Mostra Sao Paulo International Film Festival 2010/ Festival dei Popoli Firenze 2010/ International Film Festival Roterdam 2010/ Hot Docs 2011/ DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2011/ Warsaw Film Festival 2011/ Leeds International Film Festival 2011



Watch the trailer of I AM JESUS: