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0-41: A Film About Reality Shines In Bayou Festival Platform


0-41* is a full-length docudrama features dramatized re-enactments of actual events and offers an in-depth and honest look at the rural way of life in India. It is filmed in a neorealist/documentary style with actual people playing characters with the same names and occupations as in real life as opposed to hiring actors, thus blurring the boundaries between drama and reality. Although the lead characters reveal glimpses of their everyday life, their purpose isn’t merely to outline a testimony, but rather to work with images of themselves, then re-create and re-imagine it on camera. Aided by the flourishing landscapes of Kanhangad, with the backwaters roaring in the background, this film is a beautiful representation of the everyday life of a group of people who spend their evenings playing Volleyball, entering a world far removed from the bustle of life. The film showcases their life, their aspirations and fears, and their point of view on the rest of the world. Volleyball becomes the crucial part of this film as it acts as the thread holding the film together. 0-41* is a genre in itself.

Its documentary side is reflected in the use of cameras, location shooting, zero set production and natural lighting for the most part. But the drama was largely inspired by the ambivalence or play between the different genres of realism, staged documentary and fiction. The film has a complete Kanhangad dialect making it one of its first kind to come out of Kasaragod area. For the cast and the 4-member crew, this was a debut. The cast hailed from a single neighbourhood and for some, it was the first time they ever set eyes on a camera, leave alone perform in front of one. Most belong to the lower middle class strata of society, representing a majority of Indians from small towns.

SYNOPSIS: A bunch of local youth in a small town in India are closely knit by a game of volleyball every evening. Rajesh and Vipin lead the two teams with a great deal of passion until a seemingly endless losing streak sets Rajesh and his team on a trail of disbelief and dejection. The film proceeds to draw a subtle parallel between the losing streak and the lives of these youth. Over the course of six days, this docudrama brings into sharp focus their life stories, their aspirations and expectations, their faith and fears and their view on the rest of the world with the rural way of life in India providing a vivid backdrop.

The film is a 91-minute account of real people, real lives and real experiences, set in a real place. The filmmakers did not expect this kind of recognition and success. The makers and the technicians were at ease and the thought of reaching an international platform never crossed their minds. The film will be screened at Bayou film festival in Cite De Arts Festival on January 26th. The platform will indeed provide a glimpse for the film lovers, into the life of Kanhangadu population and lifestyle.

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