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THE LADY OF HEAVEN

| English

Company

Sarke Studio


Cast & Crew

Producer

Mattew Kuipers


Synopsis

A young boy, Laith, loses his mother to ISIS terrorists in Iraq. He finds himself in a new home where a loving grandmother shares with him the story of The Lady Fatima, as they live through the terrible life of a country riddled with terrorism.

The Prophet Mohammad, a man who has changed the course of history, a man who established humanitarian principles at the heart of a society that would previously bury their daughters alive; marries his most beloved daughter - The Lady Fatima - to the man whom he thought was worthiest; Imam Ali. They are joined together in harmony and are shown to be two pious and spiritual individuals.

The Lady herself is elegant and shy, while Imam Ali is a one of a kind courageous warrior, unbeaten on the battlefield. We see him defend the Prophet valiantly at the front lines. Imam Ali still maintains a humble side as a farmer and caring husband. His balance defines the ideal man.

Throughout the film we gain suspicion of certain individuals from amongst Muslim circles, but are never quite sure of their intents.

The Prophet warns The Lady and Imam Ali of the oppression that will reach them in the near future. He tells them that they must remain patient and withstand this oppression, as their sacrifice would be for a greater good, and would grant the world a lesson that would never be forgotten.

As the story develops we discover that these same suspicious individuals plot to murder the Prophet and in fact succeed. They poison him and begin their movement. They huddle at an isolated location, while Imam Ali is occupied with the burial of the Prophet. They declare a new government to rule over the new Muslim nation - stating that the fathership of the Muslims should stay within the families of the tribes of Quraysh, just how it has always been before the days of the Prophet.

Imam Ali himself announces that those who wish to support him against this dangerous incoming threat to the Muslim nation should present themselves to him at the break of dawn with a shaved head. None but four show up; preventing Imam Ali from taking action.

This leads to a tsunami of massacres, burning people alive and mass graves. But not before they target their first victim- none other than the Lady Fatima herself. 300 men surround her house and demand that she and her husband pay allegiance to the new government or else they will burn her house down. Even though many are shocked that someone would ever dare threaten the daughter of the Prophet, in such a way, this did not stop them. The group burns the house; breaks down her door, pinning her between the door and wall. A nail penetrates her ribs, breaking them. The fire spreads causing the Lady to suffer burns. Multiple men slap, kick, and impale her with the hilts of their swords. The criminals forcefully squeeze the door to ensure maximum pain is inflicted to the lady. She is then kicked in her stomach with full force, leading to the miscarriage of her unborn child. They leave and continue their rampage of terror across the lands to ensure all pay allegiance.

As the Lady grew weaker after the attack, she gathered her last strengths to make a final stand against the criminals. We see her bravely march to the mosque and stand in front of them, pronouncing a powerful speech that could not be broken.

The final days of the Lady are tragic and drag on with pain. Neighbours complain of her screaming at night, forcing her to isolate herself in a distant location under a tree to find refuge and cry in peace. The criminals discover this and dispatch men to chop the tree down. They seek every opportunity to cause pain and suffering.

Imam Ali is left alone in this world as he collapses over the grave of his beloved wife, the woman whom the Prophet entrusted him with.

It is evident that the Lady and her family stuck loyal to the words of the Prophet to stay patient. Their suffering was an arrow that pierced through history to the 21st century, reaching Laith. The story of the Lady gave Laith a revolutionary view of the world and how we as humans should behave. He learnt the peaceful true Islam that existed with the Prophet and his family. His understanding of the pain that follows violence gave him the courage and wisdom to save a mosque from a suicide bomber and become a national hero.

The movie is based on a creative way of transitioning between the present (Laith's time) and the history (The Lady's time), by the use of flashbacks to link the two stories together, as the grandmother narrates the history to Laith.


Completion Year

2019


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