Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2017 Script Development Fund Projects
|Project||The Fog Catchers|
Alhadin, 10 years old, catches fog but it always melts into water. In the quest, he encounters a unique insect, coming out of its egg. He’s a reluctant trainee terrorist. He’s a bad trainee, his mind wandering. He saves a worm with AK47 nozzle. But torture and violence don’t change him. So he’s sent to cook or fetch water. Ali, 10 years old, lives in a small mountain town. The sole bread earner fends for his overworked mother and sick sister. He collects teargas shells thrown by the police on protesters and sells the metal as scrap. Life hardened him when his father vanished one day. Here, men go missing, picked up by authorities, and suspected as terrorists. Ali’s mother is a “half widow” who protests and gets pelted by teargas. While his mother contorts in pain, Ali risks his life collecting shells. He pines for a good pair of shoes. When they meet at the river across a barrier of fog, they get curious from a distance. That day marks a destiny entwining them in a bizarre silent relationship journeying towards a shocking disastrous end.
I met Ali while shooting my documentary in terror-torn mountains. I have met children like Alhadin in riot-torn hells in my country. Researching extensively on terror, this story is woven on my close encounters with terror and real characters and situations. What I felt tortured about is the innocent children caught in the lines of fire. Loss of innocence in children is a major concern in today’s world. Through the two child protagonists we explore that sense of loss and innocence in different perspectives, and how basic human tenets preserve and express oneself even in the time of chaos, turmoil and violence. The surrounding terror-torn world is compelling me to tell this story now. Though this will be shot in India with a distinct flavor of the land in its music, twang, and culture, yet, it is universal, where people anywhere can identify and empathise with the characters and emotions. This story needs to be told now.