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The Golden Thread

  • Production Country : India
  • Category : Ethnography, Social·political
  • Original Language : Hindi, Bengali
  • Format : HD, 4K and more
  • Production Status : Production
  • Production Schedule : 09/2017~10/2019
  • Number of Episodes : 90min * 1episodes
Log Line

The Golden Thread explores the antiquated world of Kolkata’s Jute industry; tug-of-war between bodies and machines; suffering amidst timeless beauty.

Synopsis

The Golden Thread travels to the forgotten industrial belt in Kolkata, home to the once-flourishing jute textile industry. Huge brick chimneys sprouting trees and rusted jetties are seen all along the river Hooghly and are reminiscent of once-thriving industry. Nestled here is the first factory in Asia, a mammoth jute mill, founded in 1858. And to our surprise, it’s still running! Not all mills are as old, but most go back a century and provide us with a peek into the early industrial period of labour-intensive factories where hundreds of workers sweat it out on the gargantuan mill floors equipped with cacophonous gigantic iron machines powered. There was a time when a job in the jute sector was considered prestigious but today frequent lockouts and layoffs keep the workers at an edge, often leading to violent outbursts. Fear, cynicism and resignation are writ large on their faces; their eyes betray the deep sense of despair and abandonment that marks not only their lives but also of the other industrial workers in India. The film will go beyond socio-political issues in order to unearth the hopes, aspirations and dreams buried under the mechanized and alienated bodies and minds.

Director / Producer
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    Nishtha Jain(Director)

    Nishtha Jain is multi-award winning filmmaker, best known for her documentaries Gulabi Gang(2012), Lakshmi and Me(2008), City of Photos(2005). Her films have been screened in over 200 international film festivals, exhibited in art galleries, art-house cinemas, schools, universities and broadcast on international TV networks. She has served as a juror at several prestigious film festivals and held Master Classes in numerous international universities. She’s a Fulbright Scholar, Sundance Documentary Fellow, American Film Showcase Fellow and recipient of several prestigious film awards and grants.

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    Nishtha Jain(Producer)

    Nishtha Jain is multi-award winning filmmaker, best known for her documentaries Gulabi Gang(2012), Lakshmi and Me(2008), City of Photos(2005). Her films have been screened in over 200 international film festivals, exhibited in art galleries, art-house cinemas, schools, universities and broadcast on international TV networks. She has served as a juror at several prestigious film festivals and held Master Classes in numerous international universities. She’s a Fulbright Scholar, Sundance Documentary Fellow, American Film Showcase Fellow and recipient of several prestigious film awards and grants.

Production Company
  • Name : Raintree Films

    Contact : +919819417194 / raintreefilms@gmail.com

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