The experimental film Sacred Clockworks reflects religion through photographic animation of their impressive sacral architecture. Thereby the Domes of churches, mosques or synagogues are treated like clockworks – infinitely continuous, embodying thousands of years of history. The film examines the dome’s distinctive structure built from multiple layers of circular patterns. It pays homage to the beautiful art that emerged from religious institutions without overlooking the fact that these same institutions led to violence, suffering and death. The film reminds us of the commonalities of different religions by examining the similarities of their sacral architecture. A statement for more tolerance and against any fundamentalism.
direction & animation: moritz schuchmann
sound design: max gausepohl


Screenings:
HIVE Short Film Days, Neukölln, Berlin, 13.08. –15.08.2021
Flipbook Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, 12.08. – 15.08.2021
Image Sources:
Sri Sendayan Mosque, Malaysia: Sendayan, Malaysia - 22/9/2019: Artistic design of the dome view from inside of the newly developed Sri Sendayan mosque which was donated by Tan Sri Rashid Hussain and his wife, Laboo Studio, via Shutterstock.com, 1510885400
Ashkenazi Synagogue, Istanbul: Tofre Begadim Askenazi Synagogue Istanbul,Turkey 07-02-2013, Dreamer Company, via Shutterstock.com, 514837948
San Rocco all'Augusteo, Rome: Dome of San Rocco all'Augusteo (Rome) HDR, Livioandronico2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons 
Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio, Rome: Dome of Sant'Antonio in Campo Marzio HDR, Livioandronico2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons 
Basilica of Santa Domingo, Lima: Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Lima, Perú, 2015-07-28, DD 52-54 HDR, Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Melike Hatun Mosque, Istanbul: Melike Hatun Camii 10, Konevi, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
San Giuseppe dei Teatini, Palermo: San Giuseppe dei Teatini (Palermo) - Dome, Livioandronico2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons 
Sant'Agnese in Agone, Rome: Sant'Agnese in Agone (Rome) - Dome HDR, Livioandronico2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons 
Red Mosque, Schwetzingen: Schwetzingen - Schlossgarten - Moschee - Blick in die Kuppel senkrecht, Roman Eisele, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
St. Paul's Cathedral, London: St Paul's Cathedral Interior Dome 3, London, UK - Diliff,Diliff, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Szeged Synagogue, Szeged: The dome of the Szeged Synagogue, Sine Pi from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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