Interview with Manoj Michigan

Written by Shoma A. Chatterji

To make a short film stripped of stars, technical razzmatazz, much of a story, and even dialogue, would be a challenge for any filmmaker. Manoj Michigan, who has been making feature films in Bengali with strikingly out-of-the-box subjects has just made I Reborn, a 20-minute film that explains the cycle of life through a warm story of a young Dom whose name we do not come to know. Continue reading Interview with Manoj Michigan

Bad Bad Winter (Olga Korotko) Kazakhstan

Bad Bad Winter
Olga Korotko
Kazakhstan, 84 min,  2018

A daughter of an Astana businessman, Dinara, comes to the city of her childhood to sell her grandmother’s house. Suddenly,  former classmates come to visit her, and a friendly meeting grows into something else when they tell her that recently they committed a murder and now they need money to ‘get clean.’ Dinara’s refusal
provokes classmates to act more harshly and tougher and very soon
they arrive from being former classmates to being just a group of
people from different social strata. Between them, there is a  conflict based on differences of view, worldviews and way of life.
Each side has its truth, but the whole situation, in the end,  leads to another crime – crueler than that from which it all began.


Olga Korotko started to study filmmaking with Darezhan Omirbayev’s filmmaking course where she shot her first few shorts.
In 2011 she was selected for the Asian Film Academy project
(Busan International Film Festival) where she shot a short film
THE LAST 5 MINUTES with other students. Right after AFA,
she shot a short film DOVE ON THE ROOF produced by Kazakhfilm
film studio. In 2014 -2015 she was studying filmmaking in  New York Film Academy. In 2016 she was selected for Berlinale Talents Campus, the same year she got a Master Degree in Filmmaking in
the Academy of Arts named after Zhurgenov in Kazakhstan.
In 2018 she finished her first feature film BAD BAD WINTER.



Olga Korotko :

I, reborn (Manoj Michigan) India

I, Reborn
Manoj Michigan
India, 20′, 2018

I Reborn, a short silent without dialogues, opens a window to the world of an undertaker/dom who lives in isolation with his aged father in the backwaters of the Bay of Bengal. He carries on his duties as a son taking care of his immobile father breathing through his existence. His father observes his son continuing his own vocation, that of a medium that gives death its destination, cremating the departed relatives of the villagers nearby. Suddenly, one day, life enters their cocooned world in the form of a baby that gives a completely alien perspective to their outlooks. The cycle of life and death takes on a new meaning when a familiar face of a woman, who had aroused his inner craving for his own family, arrives as an abandoned corpse at his doorstep. I Reborn, is the awakening, rising, dying and the re-awakening of this eternal universal cycle that we all invariably travel on.


Death as a subject has always fascinated me. I had always wanted to make a silent film on death as of life’s ultimate truth – the truth that rekindles the breath of life again. What was difficult was to formulate the screenplay and convey the relationship between father and son – pointing out the nuances, the role-play, the emotions, the anger, the joy and ultimately the realisation the end and the beginning. Thanks to my producers , my entire team of friends and technicians that this dream was realised. They worked with practically minimal budget without any demands , and passionately made it their own film. This is their film.


Manoj Michigan is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and producer
who works in the Bengali film industry. He is best known for penning and directing films like Hello Kolkata and 89, the latter of which he also produced. Other notable film credits as a writer-director include Damadol and the thriller Aami Joy Chatterjee.
His 2019 release includes Tritio Adhyay.


Press release/Presentation of Imagineindia 2019


–  The festival will give the Lifetime Achievement Award to the indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta.

–  It will take place in Madrid from 17 to 31 May 2019.

The 18th edition of Imagineindia International Film Festival will take place in Madrid from 17 to 31 May.  81 films, 5 venues, 18 international juries and 15 international guests in this festival, which has already become a classic among film festivals.  This year Imagineindia pays homage to the Indian director Buddhadeb Dasgupta with Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading Press release/Presentation of Imagineindia 2019