Testimony of Ana

India, USA2020documentary24'International Short Film Competition

A night, a lake and a stone in the water. The mysterious opening of the film leads to Anaben Pawar, an elderly woman whose life in a small village in India is filled with syncretic rituals. The old lady lives in harmony with nature, yet she is under constant threat from an oppressive, patriarchal culture. ‘Witch hunting’ is a mechanism, deeply rooted in folk mentality, thanks to which men control women’s lives. The atmosphere of the film is horror-like, but violence, torture and humiliation turn out to be just elements of everyday life and a cruel method to sanction traditional social hierarchy.

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Sachin Dheeraj MudigondaQ&A guest

He comes from India and is an engineer by profession. At present, he is studying Film and Media Production at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the MFA programme. In his films, he is trying to tell stories which enable him to make contact with people, places and communities that are slowly disappearing. Through cinema, he wants to confirm their presence preserving their existence and memories.

cinematography
Rohin Raveendran Nair
script
Anaben Pawar, Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda
cast
Anaben Pawar
sound
Nilesh Jatwa, Shreyank Nanjappa, Morgan Honaker
editing
Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda
production
Sachin Dheeraj Mudigonda, Janani Vijayanathan (KINOSTREET)
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