Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

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SCRATCHES ON STONE*

Directed by AMIT MAHANTI | 66' | India

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Synopsis

There has been a ceasefire in Nagaland since 1997 after an almost 50-year war

between the Indian Government and groups fighting for independence. In Chenwetnyu, near the Nagaland-Myanmar border, 98-year old Cheno Khuzuthrupa remembers the war through a wooden engraving outside his house. And in neighbouring Wakching, Zubeni and Shoupa talk about an Austrian ethnologist’s photography in the area from the 1930s. In Nagaland, the past lingers, framed through photographs, casting shadows over the present.

ABOUT DIRECTOR

Amit Mahanti is a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor based in New Delhi. He has worked on films and video installations that explore questions of ecological transformation, culture and politics. His films include Scratches On Stone, Every Time You Tell A Story and Malegaon Times. He has been selected for art and film residency programs at Khoj Studios, New Delhi; PAV Experimental Centre of Contemporary Art, Turin; Kran Film, Brussels and Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski, Warsaw. He received the Charles Wallace India Trust Short-term Fellowship in 2016.

FSA Year :   2019
Runtime :  66'
Language :   English, Nagamese, Chen,
Country :   India,
Director :   AMIT MAHANTI
Producer :  Rajiv Mehrotra
Release Year :   2018

FILM AT FESTIVAL

Selection Type: Main
Festival Edition: 2019
Award: Runner Up