Somi and her husband strive to forge a new identity after being involved with the Naxalite movement, a communist guerrilla group that has been waging war on the Indian State since the 60’s. Following a decade of armed struggle for the rights of their tribal communities, the couple deserted the movement and surrendered to the police. Ever since, they have been trying to educate their son and reconcile their violent past with the desire to integrate into Indian society.
Dir: Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe - 89min - 2020 - Romania, Italy, India
"If it’s the function of a documentary to open a window on the world – a part of the world that isn’t revealed by the nightly TV news – then this film is a distinct and deliberate success: a product of the NoCut Film Collective, founded in 2016 by Romanian Cristina Hanes, Indian Arya Rothe and Italian Isabella Rinaldi to explore collaborative and transcultural ways of film-making." - Guardian
"a quiet and contemplative film of lasting power." - Film Inquiry
"a beautiful feat in observational cinema" - docs in orbit
"an impressive documentary about people forced to give up their ideals to be able to work on their future." - IFFR, Special Mention - Bright Future Competition.
"a remarkable insight into an almost entirely unfamiliar world." - We Love Cinema