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Flickering Lights

Flickering Lights

Anirban Dutta, Anupama Srinivasan
India
2023
90 min
European Premiere
International Competition
Synopsis

In Tora, an Indian village on the border with Myanmar, the rhythm of life is determined by daylight and darkness. Time seems to stand still: people still cook on wood fires, even indoors, and there is no running water. When night falls though, some flashlights appear, and at one point a solar panel is even installed.

The filmmakers spend a lot of time with the villagers, who are disarmingly uninhibited, partly because they are not used to cameras or videos. Sparse news of the outside world arrives only via transistor radios. An elderly resident dreams of sovereignty for his people. An enterprising mother with a small shop would like to sell ice cream to pay boarding school fees for her four children, and she is saving for a fridge.

As it happens, the village is on the verge of change: it seems that electricity is finally on its way. Previous attempts failed, and now, too, the construction work on the infrastructure is going painfully slowly. Will electricity arrive this time? And will it bring the close-knit community the progress it is hoping for?

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Credits
90 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Tangkhul
Director
    Anirban Dutta,
    Anupama Srinivasan
    Anirban Dutta,
    Anupama Srinivasan
Production
    Anirban Dutta for Metamorphosis Film Junction
    Anirban Dutta for Metamorphosis Film Junction
Cinematography
    Anupama Srinivasan,
    Vandita Jain,
    Mrinmoy Mondal
    Anupama Srinivasan,
    Vandita Jain,
    Mrinmoy Mondal
Editing
    Anupama Srinivasan
    Anupama Srinivasan
Sound
    Partho Halder,
    Suchisuvro Sen,
    Sandeep Kumar Singh,
    Partha Halder,
    Sabyasachi Pal
    Partho Halder,
    Suchisuvro Sen,
    Sandeep Kumar Singh,
    Partha Halder,
    Sabyasachi Pal
Music
    Saskia Rao-de Haas
    Saskia Rao-de Haas
Animation
    Anirban Dutta,
    Priyanka Chhabra
    Anirban Dutta,
    Priyanka Chhabra
Screenplay
    Anirban Dutta,
    Anupama Srinivasan
    Anirban Dutta,
    Anupama Srinivasan
Screening copy
    Metamorphosis Film Junction
    Metamorphosis Film Junction
Sound Design
    Shreyank Nanjappa
    Shreyank Nanjappa

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