->''"Language bearers, photographers, diary makers. You with your memory are dead, frozen. Lost in a present that never stops passing. Here lives the incantation of matter. A language forever. Like a flame burning away the darkness, life is flesh on bone convulsing above the ground."''
''Begotten'' is a 1990 [[LeFilmArtistique experimental]] SurrealHorror film written, produced and directed by Creator/EEliasMerhige. The film was shot [[DeliberatelyMonochrome entirely in black-and-white]] with [[SilenceIsGolden no dialogue whatsoever]]. The plot, meanwhile, is an [[NightmareFuel utterly nightmarish]] retelling of the Book of Genesis.
A (much shorter) SpiritualSequel, ''Din of Celestial Birds'', was released in 2006.
!!This film contains the following tropes:
* BasedOnATrueStory: Kind of; it's based on a near-death experience the producer had when he was nineteen.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: There isn't even a single shade of gray in the movie.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: [[invoked]] Pretty much the whole point of the movie.
* TheFaceless: God and the nomads.
* GodIsDead: According to the credits, the man who disembowels himself in the opening is named "God killing himself".
* HopeSpot: After being killed by the nomads, Mother Earth's Son is resurrected by her. Then the nomads come back, then rape and kill her. [[FromBadToWorse Then other guys appear, take her corpse with them, dismember her, kill the son and dismember him too]].
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The nomads are masked.
* RuleOfSymbolism: This is the entire premise of the film. All the events happening in the film are meant to represent the events of the Genesis in the Bible, especially with Mother Earth impregnating herself with God's semen. (The latter is supposed to represent God impregnating the Virgin Mary with Jesus.)
** This film also follows the path of at least one arc of Egyptian mythology, with the above event being similar to the story of Isis impregnating herself using the fallen Osiris's penis and giving birth to Horus.
* SilenceIsGolden: There is absolutely no dialog. You can hear some occasional noises.
* StartsWithASuicide: The film opens with God committing suicide.
* SurrealHorror: Begins with a disembowelment, ends with a double murder.