Final Solution is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during the period Feb/March 2002 - July 2003, the film graphically documents the changing face of right-wing politics in India through a study of the 2002 carnage in Gujarat in Western India. It specifically examines political tendencies reminiscent of the Nazi Germany of early 1930s.
Final Solution is anti-hate/ violence as “those who forget history are condemned to relive it”.
Final Solution was banned in India by the censor board for several months. The ban was lifted in Oct.’04 after a sustained campaign (an online petition, hundreds of protest screenings countrywide, multi-city signature drives). A Pirate-and-Circulate campaign was conducted from July- Dec. ‘04 to fight the ban (Get-a-free-copy-only-if-you-promise-to-pirate-and-make-5-copies). Over 10,000 free Video CDs of the film were distributed throughout India. Rakesh Sharma has been an active member of the Campaign against Censorship in India. (http://www.freedomfilmsindia.org)
• Wolfgang Staudte award & Special Jury Award (Netpac), Berlin International Film Festival (2004)
• Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary, Hong Kong International Film Festival (2004)
• Montgolfière d'Or for Best Documentary and Le Prix Fip/Pil' du Public, Festival des 3 Continents de Nantes (2004)
• Human Rights Award, Docupolis, Barcelone (2005) Special Jury Mention,
• Munich Dokfest (2004) and Bangkok International Filmfest (2005)