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69 minutes | Assamese with English Subtitles | 2018 | India
Script, Editing, Camera and Direction: Mukul Haloi
Sound Design and Mix : Rahul Rabha
Cast : Anjan Kalita, Anima Haloi, Nilim Chetia, Shakya Shamik, Sudakshana Gogoi, Pijush Sharma
Produced by School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute Of Social Sciences, Mumbai
The filmmaker’s childhood friend dons a borrowed uniform and poses as an ULFA rebel. Another friend opens an old diary. A poem by an ULFA rebel is recited; a play is rehearsed.
The film embarks on a journey to revive the memory of growing up in Assam in the 1990s, a turbulent time when the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) was heading an armed rebellion for independence from India. The film recollects and reconstructs fragments violence, death, and disappearance through personal narratives that dominate the filmmaker’s childhood.
In collaboration with Vikalp Bengaluru
Mukul Haloi is a filmmaker, writer and film educator based in Assam. His works emerge from a deeply personal and poetic remembrance of a collective political and lost past. An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India and Berlinale Talents 2020, his short films ‘Days of Autumn’ and ‘A letter to home’ have received five Indian awards including Best film at IDSFFK and Signs, Kerala.
He received the ‘Early Career Fellowship’ from TISS, Mumbai to make his debut feature documentary ‘Tales from our childhood’, which reconstructs fragments of growing up during the violent insurgency struggle in his home state Assam. It won ‘Bala Kailasam Award for Excellence in Documentary’ and was shown at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Sibiu International Film Festival and MIFF. The film has also been included in the coursework of ‘Modern Indian Studies’, Gottingen University, Germany.
Sunanda Bhat is a Bangalore based documentary filmmaker. Her interest in non-fiction films is to represent people living on the margins of an intricate and stratified Indian society, looking for ways to bring in textures of landscape through layers of lives of her characters. Her latest film ‘Have you seen the arana?’ was screened widely and won awards at Mumbai International Film Festival, Planet in Focus in Toronto, the Jean Rouch Ethnographic Film Festival in Paris, John Abraham National Award for Best Documentary, among others. Her film was showcased at Metropolis Kino, an art-house theatre in Hamburg and at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her first film “Bol Ayesha Bol” premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam. She is a trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, a collective of filmmakers screening the best in documentary films in the city.