A feature-length creative documentary | 89 mins | India, Romania, Italy, Qatar
Directed by: Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe
Produced by: Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe
Production company: NoCut Film Collective (Romania, Italy, India)
Somi and her husband met and fell in love while fighting alongside the Naxalites, a communist guerrilla group that has been fighting since the 60’s for the rights of the tribal communities of India. After a decade of armed struggle, the couple deserted the movement and surrendered to the police. Ever since, they have been striving to forge a new identity, educate their two children and eventually reconcile their violent past with the fervent desire to integrate into the hostile Indian society.
When she was 12 years old, Somi left her tribal village and joined the Naxalite guerrilla. After more than a decade of violent fight she surrendered to the State under the Surrender Policy. Deserting the movement meant starting from scratch, building a new life for herself and for her children. The act of surrendering has tampered with her value system and the ideology for which she fought, disengaging her from her surroundings and beliefs.
“A Rifle and a Bag” accompanies Somi as she struggles to make her violent past compatible with her desire to integrate as a civilian in society. The excruciating wait for the social rehabilitation is holding her children’s future back. Their sense of identity is now being challenged and it is this state of mind that we want to tackle, to discover the complex texture of moral, ideological and political engagement.
NoCut Film Collective (production company)
NoCut Film Collective was co-founded in 2016 by Cristina Hanes (Romania), Isabella Rinaldi (Italy) and Arya Rothe (India) after collaborating in the framework of DocNomads Master Course in Documentary Direhttps://bangaloreinternationalcentre.org/