LANGUAGES: Hindi | SUBTITLES: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 22 min
Year of production: 2019

SYNOPSIS

Usha, an illiterate single mother who works as a farm labourer in rural India, feels drawn to a female teacher of local primary school, in ways she’d never imagined. This attraction plays an important part, in firing her passion to read and write and she hopes to be as good as the teacher, one day.

PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION

Production Company: Lotus Visual Productions, Dark Stories
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions

CAST

Kiran Khoje, Arpita Ghogardare, Hridaynath Jadhav, Shreya Ghule, Pratik Kharat

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Rohan Parashuram Kanawade Screenwriter: Rohan Parashuram Kanawade
Producer: Neeraj Churi (Lotus Visual Productions); Hareesh Reddypalli & Rohan Parashuram Kanawade (Dark Stories).
Director of Photography: Bhushan Wani Sound: Mayank Asthana
Editing: Sourabh Dutta
Sound Editing: Subir Kumar Das Music Composer: Aparajith Sris

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Romance Language: Marathi Country of origin: India Year of production: 2019 Total running time: 22 min Shooting format: Digital Color type: Color
Aspect ratio: 2.39 scope
Sound format: 5.1 (for 2k DCP) and Stereo (for MOV and MP4)

AWARDS FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

10th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, UK, 2019. Screening dates (Film had five screenings across UK): London: June 21, 23, 26, 28, 2019. Manchester: June 28, 2019
Winner : Satyajit Ray Short Film Award.
29th Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Canada, 2019. Screening date: June 1, 2019.
2nd Runner Up in International section “Audience Choice Award” category.
30th Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2019. Screening date: September 8 & 17, 2019.
Winner : Best Short Film Jury Award.
30th Season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India, 2019. Screening date: August 10, 2019.
Winner: Best Short Film “LGBT” Category.
8th Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, Mississauga, Canada, 2019. Screening date: August 4, 2019.
Winner: Best Short Film.
20th Season of Virgin Spring Cinefest, Kolkata, India, 2019. Screening date: August 21, 2019.
Winner: Best Short Film “LGBT” Category.
2nd Nagaon International Short and Documentary Film Festival, 2019. Screening date: Between September 23 and 25, 2019.
“Special Mention” in “Rest of India Short Category.”
4th Queer Film Festival Munich, Germany, 2019. Screening date: December 21, 2019.
Winner: “Queer Mixtape Audience Award” award and now an OPENING FILM for the festival’s 2020 edition.
4th Filmingo International Short Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 2020. Screening date: January 11, 2020
Winner: “Best Female Performance & Special Award.”
10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, Delhi, India, 2020. Screening date: Festival don’t have public screening. Winner: “Best Actress.”
34th Lovers Film Festival : Torino LGBTQI Visions, Italy, 2019 (World Premiere). Screening date: April 24, 2019.
19th New York Indian Film Festival, USA, 2019. Screening date: May 7, 2019.
10th Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India, 2019. Screening date: June 16, 2019.
31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Canada, 2019. Screening date: Festival program not yet released.
26th Long Beach QFilm Festival, California, USA, 2019.
Screening dates: September 7 and 8, 2019 (Film will be screened twice).
Bay Area South Asian Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, 2019. Screening date: September 7, 2019.
10th Bangalore International Queer Film Festival, India, 2019. Screening date: August 5, 2019.
10th Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Chicago, USA, 2019. Screening date: September 19, 2019.
13th Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, Cardiff, UK, 2019. Screening date: October 11, 2019.
12th Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, USA, 2019.
Screening date: Between September 19 – 22 and September 27 & 28.
14th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Seattle, USA, 2019. Screening date: October 5, 2019.
32nd Out On film : Atalanta’s LGBT Film Festival, USA, 2019. Screening date: October 1, 2019.
34th Reel Q : Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival, USA, 2019. Screening date: October 6, 2019.
30th Reel Pride LGBT Film Festival, 2019, Fresno, California, USA, 2019. Screening date: September 21, 2019.
30th Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Florida, USA, 2019. Screening date: October 12, 2019.
14th SiGNS Film Festival, Thrissur, India, 2019. Screening date: September 26, 2019.
24th LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBTIQ Film Festival, Spain, 2019. Screening date: Between October 30 – November 17, 2019.
25th Chéries-Chéris Festival, Paris, France, 2019. Screening date: Between November 20-26, 2019.
11th International Queer Film Festival Merlinka, Serbia, 2019. Screening date: Between December 5-8, 2019.
8th Dharamshala International Film Festival, India, 2019. Screening date: Between November 7-10, 2019.

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