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Director & Producer
Producer & Editor

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 14 Sep 2022


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

60 mins | India | 2021 | Garhwali, Hindi | English subtitles

Directed by Srishti Lakhera

Produced by Srishti Lakhera and Bhamati Sivapalan

‘Villagers have a saying that the dead come back to visit the living. Now those of us who remain have only these ghosts for company.’

Semla, is a ghost village in the Himalayan foothills. The 50 families that once lived in the village, have migrated to the city, leaving behind 7 people. With this migration, livelihood connected to the terrain and seasons have slowly faded. Like her village, Leela is old, resilient and forgotten. Despite loneliness and struggles with an aging body, Leela doesn’t want to leave for the city. Golu is the only young person in the village. She is desperate to escape to the city but doesn’t have the means. Dreaming for a different life, Golu roams around the abandoned village.

As the film progresses, the two women face the invisible but palpable forces of migration. Their emotional journey changes their relationship with the place they call “Home”. In this fragile existence, ‘Ek Tha Gaon’ explores life in a dying village where a haunting absence lingers.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Sandhya Kumar, Srishti Lakhera (Director) and Bhamati Sivapalan (Editor). There will be a Q&A session following the discussion.

You can view the trailer of the film here.

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Srishti Lakhera

Director & Producer

Srishti Lakhera recently directed her first feature documentary Ek Tha Gaon/Once Upon a Village, which has won many awards at film festivals. Her decade-long career as a filmmaker and a media trainer has seen many accolades.  She has produced films for international organisations, government bodies, national television and international television. Srishti has been associated with grassroots organisations across India, to conduct Filmmaking workshops for communities.

Bhamati Sivapalan

Producer & Editor

Bhamati Sivapalan is an independent film practitioner and editor with wide-ranging work in the documentary form. Her practice meditates on stories of displacement, resettlement and the inheritance of imagined worlds formed in the course of such movement. She creates works that endure as poetic witnesses. In recent years she has been working on documentaries for OTT platforms.

Sandhya Kumar


Sandhya Kumar is a filmmaker and editor based in Bangalore. A graduate of San Francisco Art Institute and Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, her work is inspired by the desire to make visible the poetry of everyday life.  She has received film grants from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and has been an ATSA fellow at ARThink South Asia. Sandhya is a trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, a filmmakers’ collective committed to creating platforms for documentary films to reach wider audiences.