Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2017 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
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Fifteen families that abandoned the Naxalite movement under the Government's Surrender Policy built a village at the edge of the jungle. Couples formed in the Naxalites’ arranged marriage system, former Maoist leaders, women commando chiefs, and rebels who joined young, now share the same settlement, attempting to reintegrate as civilians. However, their aspirations to social esteem are shielded by the community’s unease towards their bloody past. Ironically, for many, an option is to join the police force because they make valuable informants. Some are seeking to reconnect with their families, but shame deters them. Others are in a limbo of odd jobs while waiting for the policy pledges to be implemented. As their initial optimism is eroding, their sense of identity is also being challenged. It is this state of mind that I want to bring forward with its moral implications, ideological appeal and political engagement.
For me, the village of ex-Naxalites represents the paradoxical nature of the conflict between the Naxalites and the State. This power play is riddled with prejudice from both sides, while being sensationalised by the media. I am interested in the unique perspective and position of the ex-Naxalites, as they have been on both sides. Throughout history, resistance movements have challenged the sovereign state. They voice the discontent and injustice shared by many. The Naxalite movement resonates with these reflections and allows me to question the function of democracy in such a complex and diverse country like India. The Government has failed to represent the interests of the tribal communities, while the Naxals have also failed to maintain their initial goals. Armed only with their own will, after fighting for a Communist utopia, they find themselves together in one settlement, facing a common challenge of overcoming their past and rebuilding themselves socially.