There are many things that humans commit that create havoc and horrifying effects and repercussions. These things are being committed deliberately right before us and yet we refuse to acknowledge them. These situations reveal men a moral, insensitive and ruthless character. There are many facets in man’s cruelty that generate more horrifying impact than fear of the paranormal that would pale in comparison.
Sapi is basically a horror film about the paranormal phenomenon of the demonic possession. This paranormal occurrence has created widespread fear and curiosity. In this film, the characters running the media network personify apathy and ruthless, while those characters who committed theft and plagiarism thefify unscrupulous media practitioners. The parallelism of the two situations: a case of demonic possession and the callousness of the powerful and influential media exemplify which of them could be more terrifying and fearful.
In perspective, the film is presenting societal issues and crimes committed by those in power with immense and influence on people. The effect and ramifications are so devastating that people have become hardened and accustomed to that fear has become inconsequential. People are afraid and incline to believe that which has not seen, yet refuse to accept and believe things that they normally see that could be truly more horrifying and disturbing.
It is my intent to show that there are other things that people must pay attention to and not be very afraid yet they opt to be insensitive and habituated to them.
Sapi is treated like a documentary that captures the day-to-day activities of the characters. As the story unfolds, we dig deep into their
personal lives and further into their psyches. The film thus feels like a documentary within a documentary, blurring the boundaries between fiction and news.
Sapi is a product of intensive research, crafted with the highest regard for social reality. The main actors immersed in the lives of their characters. There is hardly any script read on the set and we have a cast of non-actors.
The result is a movie that values authenticity. But since this also falls within a film genre (which is a great challenge for me as a filmmaker) like any horror movie, there is substantial dramaturgy and some elements of suspense, thrill and gore. This film, however, was consciously made to deer away from the classic moviemaking, such that the horror would hopefully continue and endure beyond the screening.