Unsaid (Arjun Dutta) India

Unsaid
Arjun Dutta
India. 85 min.  2018

Abyakto is a poignant tale of a mother and son. The story encapsulates an unusual journey of Indra right from his childhood, adolescence to being a grown man. A series of unexplained events which turn him into a man he never ought to be. And these unexplained and unusual series of events are come upon by the film’s three most integral pillars, Indra’s mother Sathi, his father Kaushik and his father’s friend and his favorite kaku, Rudra.

The film travels through various time lapses and captures the stirring and unexplainable situations and turmoil’s the trio goes through. The story zooms into the intricacies and complexities of various relationships. It is a humble attempt to explore love, regret, loneliness, sadness, the search of identity and various other emotions through the principal characters in the film.

Arjun Dutta

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He was born and raised in Kolkata. Finished schooling from the Assembly of God Church school. Completed graduation in Sociology from Maulana Azad College, and Masters from Presidency College. He never went to a film school, nor did he has any film-related background in his family. He has not even assisted any filmmaker. Whatever he has learnt of filmmaking, learnt himself – by doing and making mistakes.

He has done 2 short films and Unsaid is his first feature.

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Life of an outcast (Pawan K. Shrivastava) India

Life of an Outcast
Pawan K. Shrivastava
India. 81 min. 2018

Film about caste oppression and religious intolerance in India.

“Father, what is our caste?”
“Son, there is not caste for the poor…”

In an article published on Youth Ki Awaaz, Indian director Pawan K Srivastava starts with the phrase “We become what we read and watch”. The phrase, to him, sums up quite fittingly the kind of influence modern media has on the individual, the advantages as well as the negative aspects of this development.

Pawan K. Shrivastava

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Pawan K. Shrivastava :    pawan.taurus@gmail.com

Shooting a Dark Horse (Pablo Fuentes Fernández) Spain

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Pablo Fuentes Fernández
España.  41 min.  2018

María has returned to the house where she grew up after twelve years without going. There she can get a lot of material for her new photography exhibition. Everything is perfect until one night, a noise coming from the floor below catches Maria’s attention. She feels that all the people of that village hide something, including Luis, her only friend and with whom she shares a small story of summer love. Every day that passes everything is stranger and the noises coming from the floor below are stronger every night.

Pablo Fuentes Fernández

Pablo Fuentes Fernández was born in León in 1997. Since childhood he was fascinated by the world of cinema and made a multitude of tests with his camera. Before starting college he studied an artistic secondary where he finally decided that he would dedicate himself professionally to the cinema. In 2016 he began his training in Master of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts, which he is still studying. In 2017 premiered his first short film called “ZOC”, as the final student film. And in 2018 he has just presented his latest short film called “Shooting a Dark Horse”.

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Pablo Fuentes :    pablo_fuentes_97@hotmail.com

The Way (Olesya Shigina/Veronica Ponomareva) France/Russia

The Way
Olesya Shigina/Veronica Ponomareva
France/Russia. 87 min. 2018

The Trans-Siberian Railway, boundless Russia … Two friends set off to find answers to simple and complicated questions talking to different people. They stay overnight with strangers and their families, visit monasteries, strike up conversations with fellow travelers on the train. What makes Russia tick? What are the main concerns of common people? How do dwellers of this huge country perceive its past and present? What or who will save Russia? What is the secret of the Russian soul? Should you listen to splashes of the Baikal waves to crack it? Or to the bells chiming? Or join the drinking song? If you follow your heart and trust your hunches, you won’t doubt the answer… It’s a long way from Moscow to Russky Island… Will you ever hit a boundary?

Olesya Shigina

Olesya Shigina is a poet and a filmmaker. She was born in Chelyabinsk. She graduated from South Ural State University. Now she lives and works in France and Russia. In 2017 she graduated from High Courses for Directors at Lenfilm (course of Makarov). Olesya Shigina is an author of the play “Sisters” and the collection of poems “To write about rain”. “The Way” is the debut film.

Veronica Ponomareva

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Veronica Ponomareva is an artist, a poet and a film director. She graduated from Moscow Academy of Painting in 2005, the course of monumental painting. In 2016 she entered the High Courses for Directors (course of Khotinenko). Veronica is a founder of Russian Art Union. She worked as a costume designer on the film “The Attraction” by Fyodor Bondarchuk. “The Way” is the debut film.

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India’s Healing Forests (Nitin Das) India

India’s Healing Forests
Nitin Das
India.  51 min.  2018

The Film travels across some fascinating forests of India to explore the amazing ways in which nature affects our body, mind and spirit. It uncovers some ancient wisdom and examines new findings, through inspiring stories of people whose lives are intricately woven with forests.

Nitin Das

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Nitin Das runs an independent production house that specialises in creating films with socially relevant themes – films that tell stories of uncommon people and extraordinary places. His Youtube channel has over a 100 million views. Nitin is an Asia Society Fellow, being one amongst 21 people chosen from across Asia each year. He has also won a special award by the British Council for creative entrepreneurship in the social sector.

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Anjuli :    anjuli@psbt.org

The Death of Us (Vani Subramanian) India

The Death of Us
Vani Subramanian
India.  76 min.  2018

The debates on the death penalty today are marked by a cacophony of strident assertions. Going against this tide is The Death of Us – a quiet contemplation on a range of cases in which the death penalty was pronounced, ending in execution, commutation to life sentence, acquittal or even pardon. Speaking only to those who have been on death row or those very closely involved with the cases, we engage in complex conversations on crime and punishment, revenge and justice, popular rhetoric and personal experiences. Only to find ourselves confronting larger ethical and moral questions across time and space.

Vani Subramanian

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One-time advertising writer, Vani Subramanian has been a women’s rights activist and documentary filmmaker since the nineties.
Her work as a filmmaker explores the connections between everyday practices and larger political questions, be they in the areas of culture, food production, primary education, urban development, communalism, sex selective abortions, or even matters of identity embedded in our food practices. Her films have been screened and received awards, both nationally and internationally. More recently, Vani has extended her practice to video art in performance, as well as a mixed media installation.

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Vani Subramanian :      vanishes@gmail.com

Decoding Shankar (Deepti Sivan) India

Decoding Shankar
Deepti Sivan
India.  52 min.  2018

The film portrays the personality of Shankar Mahadevan, the musician and master of film soundtracks. He is known for his work on films such as ‘Indian Love Story – Kal No Naa Ho’ (2003) and ‚Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013). With personal statements and anecdotes, the film documents Mahadevan’s rise and career in the music business, and him as a signer, composer, teacher – or simply as a family man who appreciates good food.

The documentary points out pivotal moments in Mahadevan’s life which shaped his musical sensitivity, and explores how the artist’s creative mind works. By decoding his melodies and songs, the film paints a picture of his tryst with music.

Deepti Sivan

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Deepti Sivan is a Law graduate with MBA, who started her career into entertainment industry; acting, modeling and hosting TV shows. Later she worked as the associate director for Amitabh Bachchan Corporation and moved into the production department. Now taken on the role of a director of documentaries and doing films for the Govt. of India and private agencies.

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Purdah (Jeremy Guy) India, USA

Purdah
Jeremy Guy
India, USA. 71 min.  2018

The independent-minded young women of the Mirza family have ambitious dreams for their lives and careers. Despite their earnestness, they face an uphill battle coming from a conservative Muslim family in Mumbai, India.

Kaikasha Mirza became enamored with cricket as a young woman, yet she was forbidden to play and forced to be a spectator in her burka. After months of persistence, Kaikasha eventually persuaded her father to allow her to remove her burka for the first time to become one of only a few Muslim women cricketers in all of Mumbai. Now Kaikasha is chasing her dream of playing for the prestigious Mumbai Senior Women’s Cricket Team. In the days leading up to the tryouts, Kaikasha’s parents give her the ultimatum that she will have two years to become a professional cricketer or they will arrange her marriage. Once married, her husband would likely not allow her to play, thus pinning all of Kaikasha’s hopes on the upcoming tryouts for the Mumbai team.

Kaikasha’s eldest sister, Saba, also has her own dreams for her career and yearns to become a model, yet she endures harsh criticism for wearing a niqab to interviews. Heena, the youngest sister, desires to become a fashion designer or a singer, but poverty may impede her pursuits. All three girls must contend with the wishes of their father who does not believe women should work, in addition to the whispered judgment of those in their community.

Purdah is a feature length documentary that follows each of the Mirza women as they battle through unexpected family crises, poverty, and intense societal pressure to pursue their dreams.

Jeremy Guy

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Jeremy Guy is an award winning director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. His work spans a wide variety of formats including narrative feature films, major television shows, and independent documentaries.

As a filmmaker, Jeremy has sought out films that push boundaries with challenging stories and that take risks with new visual styles. Many of these projects have played at prestigious film festivals including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and countless others around the world. Several of these films have won major awards, such as the feature documentary he recently shot, Beyond All Boundaries, which won six Best Film awards and, after its theatrical run, can now be seen on television, Netflix, and Amazon. Other award winning projects that he has shot or directed include Weak Species, that won four Best Film awards, Greatest Hits, winner of the 2Change Films filmmaking competition, and Perspectives, that the Santa Barbara Independent called “one of the best in the entire Santa Barbara International Film Festival.”

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Jeremy Guy :    jguy1128@gmail.com

Letters from Kurdistan (Reber Dosky) Iraq

Letters From Kurdistan
Reber Dosky
Iraq. 41 min.  2018

Since 2013, the Kurds have been systematically terrorised by IS, as the caliphate pushed deeper into their ancestral homeland. Letters from Kurdistan brings together three uniquely tragic perspectives on the war ravaging the Middle East. A lonely sniper is haunted by the violence he has inflicted doing what he must to defend his people; three teenage Yazidi girls remain defiant despite suffering unimaginable cruelties at the hands of their captors; and a majority female militia defy expectations by holding out against the caliphate’s siege of Kobani. A harrowingly intimate insight into the mental as well as physical toll wrought by a most violent and brutal conflict.

Reber Dosky

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Reber Dosky is a Kurdish-Dutch filmmaker. Living in The Netherlands since 1998, he studied film direction at the Netherlands Film Academy and completed his studies with The Call (2013), which traced the impact of war and displacement on the relation between a father and a son and won several awards on international film festivals. With The Sniper of Kobani (2015) Dosky achieved his international breakthrough, earning awards in Canada, Brazil, The Netherlands, Egypt, Italy, Japan and Mexico among others.

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Jos de Putter :      jos@deepfocus.nl

 

I Am Crazy (Kudo Masaaki) Japan

I Am Crazy
Kudo Masaaki
Japan. 86 min.  2017

Musician Yuki is hit by a car driven by Michiko on the day of his last gig. From that day, Yuki becomes intimate with Michiko, a composer and performer. Michiko looks after her autistic child alone while her husband cheats on her. The two tell their story through music in this crazy world.

Kudo Masaaki

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Kudo Masaaki is a Japanese director and script writer who was born in 1983 from Kyoto, Japan. He began his career as an assistant director at the film production company, Shochiku Ltd from 2003. In Tokyo, he also served as an assistant director to various film directors. Mainly, he served as an assistant director of Isao Yukisada. In 2016, he directed the TV dramas Series Wakako-zake.

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Tae Motoyama :    motoyama@thefool-inc.com