Village Rockstars – a film by Rima Das all set for Cannes!
written by Souranath Banerjee
Rima Das, a filmmaker from Assam based in Mumbai, whose debut film ‘Man with the Binoculars‘ had been screened and appreciated last year in numerous film festivals across the globe, including Tallinn Black Nights, Cannes (market screening) and Mumbai Film Festival; and this year Rima is back with her second feature called Village Rockstars.
Village Rockstars – shot, directed and produced by Rima Das without any professional help as such; her cousin being her chief assistant and the young enthusiastic actors from the village playing their parts – being Rockstars!
“I was shooting Man with the Binoculars, which was my first feature film, and I discovered these children and villagers celebrating life [while] living in deprivation. It made me realize what I was missing in Mumbai even surrounded with all this technology,” said Das in an interview with Asia Times.
The film is centred around a 10-year-old young village girl, Dhunu, who has grown up in deprivation, as she learns to fend for herself in the hostile surroundings while nurturing her dream to own a guitar and eventually forming a band with some local boys, the official ‘Village Rockstars!’.
Dhunu, however, has to fight gender stereotypes on what a local girl should do amid poverty and other hostile conditions.
“She (Dhunu) considers herself as capable as boys in a patriarchal society. She was brought up by a non-conformist mother who gave her full freedom of expression,” Rima said.
Like Dhunu, girls in the village where Rima is from, face a lot of restrictions due to their gender specially post puberty.
“The way they are living their lives make them rockstars. They are the real rockstars to me,” Rima said with enthusiasm.
Village Rockstars got shortlisted among the eight films selected in the Work-In-Progress Lab at the 15th Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, a great platform which aims at helping filmmakers secure post-production funding, sales agents and film festival support.
The festival’s collaboration with Festival de Cannes to present the “Hong Kong Goes to Cannes” programme assures Village Rockstars’s official selection for the 2017 Marche du Film (Cannes), a festival that celebrates its 70th birthday, from May 17 to 28 this year.
Currently being edited in Rome by French editor Jacques Comet, Village Rockstars is all set to enthral us with it’s brilliant storytelling and captivating visuals.
Congratulations Rima Das!
Content and Photo courtesy: Rima Das.