XYZ Films is proud to announce that they will be releasing Liz Fania Werner and Carlos Montaner’s dark thriller Waking Karma on North American VOD on January 26th. A tale of buried family secrets and unbridled religious fanaticism, the psychological thriller stars award-winning actor Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight, Kill Bill, Species).
Read the full synopsis below:
Karma and her mother have spent their lives evading Paul, her cult leader father (Michael Madsen). With Paul closing in as Karma reaches adulthood, she and her mother flee to a friend’s remote compound.
Paul tracks them there and traps them within its walls, putting Karma through a series of escalating tests designed to break her spirit and awaken an unholy inheritance that lives within her.
Watch the new trailer below:
Directed by Liz Fania Werner and Carlos Montaner with a script by Werner, Michael Madsen, Hannah Christine Shelter, Kimberly Alexander, and Bradley Fisher star in Waking Karma. Edgar Romero and Aldo Jovan Diaz of 3ROUNDBURST (Starfish) and John Ferraro of Valleywood Entertainment produced the film.
Says writer and co-director Liz Fania Werner, “I was inspired to write Waking Karma after a family member joined a religious sect whose practice centers around regressive views on gender roles and sexuality. When we read that there are around 3,000 cults in the United States with a membership estimated at 300,000 to three million, we were both immediately hooked on using this film as a vehicle to explore our fears of losing our autonomy as human beings, whether to a larger religious institution or to those who supposedly love us the most.”
Continues co-director Carlos Montaner, “We were especially curious about the ways in which women internalize misogyny and pass it down to their daughters, often through religious traditions involving marriage, “purity” and other forms of physical and mental control over their bodies.” The directors note, “We hope that our dark fable will read as a kind of love letter to each person’s right to determine their own path in life, no matter how hard they have to fight to throw off what others have told them is their destiny.”