A young Indian couple of surrendered Naxalites is fighting for their children's future.
Somi(30) and her husband Sukram(24) met and fell in love while fighting in the Naxalite movement, the armed Maoist guerrilla that has been fighting since the 60’s for the rights of the tribal communities of India. They deserted the movement and surrendered in front of the police.
Somi and Sukram live in a settlement they built together with other 15 families of surrendered Naxalites. The couple has two children, Dadu who is 6 years old and the newborn Pranay. Their social status of surrendered Naxalites is compromising their future, especially the future of their children.
The film will show their attempt to integrate in a society that doesn’t accept them. After a complicated bureaucratic process, they manage to enroll Dadu in a school far from home where he faces for the first time the prejudice of being the son of two ex-Naxalites. Nevertheless he could get expelled anytime if they don’t provide the father’s caste certificate, that so far was denied.
Trapped between a bloody past and a daunting future, they are in a limbo. Despite all this, Somi is determined to give her children better options than she had.
Arya Rothe is an independent filmmaker from Pune, India and co-founder of NoCut Film Collective. She graduated in 2016 from DocNomads Master Course. She was a scholarship student, fully funded by the European Union’s EACEA. Before DocNomads, she studied at FAMU - National Film School of Czech Republic. Her first short documentary film that made in Portugal, Casa da Quina(2015) had its World Premiere at DocLisboa and won the Special Mention Jury Award at the International Film Festival FILMADRID in Spain. Having studied both fiction and nonfiction genres, her work intends to blur the line between the two.
Isabella Rinaldi is an independent filmmaker from Rome, Italy and co-founder of NoCut Film Collective. She graduated the DocNomads Master Course after getting her Bachelor Degree in Film Studies at Sapienza University of Rome. She directed and produced several short films, screened in international festivals and a video installation for the MAO Museum of Ljubljana. She is currently directing one episode of the documentary series Borderline produced by Off World production based in Belgium. She has produced and directed several reportages broadcasted by RAI, the Italian national TV.
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