A project which began as a search for the Nepali-Indian identity, Machis Ko Sinka (Matchstick) evolved into an attempt to understand the Gorkhaland Movement in Darjeeling and to represent it for mainland Indians. Acknowledging the multicultural mosaic of ‘Gorkhaland’, the filmmaker tries to make sense of why all the different communities in this geographical space have identified themselves with the Gorkhas in their quest for a separate state. The film attempts to deconstruct the Gorkhaland movement using arguments for and against violence as the means to a political solution.
[director]Radhamohini Prasad recently graduated as a Digital Video Production student from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore. She was born and brought up in Kalimpong, Darjeeling district.[/director]