The Prisoner

Inspired by the early history of the Baha’i Faith, this short film by Jayce Bartok titled The Prisoner imagines a conversation between prison guards at the fortress of Chihriq in north-western Iran, where the Bab was imprisoned and where He revealed some of his most famous Writings. The two bickering prison guards, each harboring a difficult secret, connect while keeping watch over the Bab and find faith in unexpected moments.

Starring: Reza Salazar & Giselle Elise
Director & Writer: Jayce Bartok
Producers: Tiffany Bartok & Alina Ho
Executive Producers: Aeric Meredith-Goujon & Claudine Meredith-Goujon
Cinematographer & Editor: Andres Karu
Music: Broken Chord
Costumes: Merav Elbaz Belschner
Props: Jaxon Bartok
Graphics: Josefina Hernandez
Post Assistant: Nicole Tucker
Festivals – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) 2021

You can also read an interview with Jayce about this film here on Baha’i Blog: The Prisoner – A Film by Jayce Bartok


About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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