India. 2020. 25 min
A film about missing days from the calendar; of missing people who left to faraway cities for work. Guided by Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s birha poetry, Gumnaam Din explores the yearnings of the missing and their loved ones who wait endlessly. Will they be found? Do they want to return? The Film observes separation as an inevitable everyday practice.
Ekta Mittal co-founded Maraa, a media and arts collective in Bangalore, and works there as practitioner, researcher, curator and facilitator around issues of gender, labour and caste in rural and urban contexts, making films around labour, migration and cities. Her films project on migration is titled Behind the Tinsheets. Ekta also works with creative practices in the public space, through independent production and collaborations with other artists.