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Last Dance

Forced into a life of crime, a young school teacher becomes the best in the business. (subtitles in English and Spanish, press CC on viewer to see)

A film noir about a young woman who is led into a life of crime, and finds out she is good at it. Set in a small town in the Himalayas in India, the film tells the story of the orphan Chand, a hard working high school teacher who will do anything to protect her beloved brother Ronnie, including commit a crime. Also a tale of female friendship, the young Chand is befriended by the older Ratna, who becomes her mentor and helps her realize her potential to be a crime boss.

  • Shashwati Talukdar
    Evidence, Wall Stories, Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!, Antonymy, Lucky Strike, The Girl, Rangroot
  • Kavita Chandna
  • Danish Mirza
    The Girl, Rangroot
  • Shashwati Talukdar
    The Girl, Wall Stories
  • Anjali Panjabi
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    Noir, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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    English, Hindi
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  • South Asia Short Film Competition 2017
    December 8, 2017
  • Daroca & Prision Film Fest
    September 30, 2017
  • Inshort Film Festival
    December 15, 2018
Director Biography - Shashwati Talukdar

Director Shashwati Talukdar grew up in India where her engagement with theatre and sculpture led to filmmaking, and a Masters degree from Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. At Jamia she developed an interest in American Avant-Garde film and eventually got an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia. Her work covers a wide range of forms, including documentary, narrative and experimental. Her work has shown at venues including the Busan International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Festival, and the International Film Festival of India. Her experimental films and video art is regularly shown in galleries and museums around the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Kiasma Museum of Art and the Whitney Biennial. She has been supported by entities including the Asian Cine Fund in Busan, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and received the James Yee Mentorship award from the Center for Asian American Media and an IFP fellowship among others. Her films include a prize winning feature length documentary, 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' about a theatre group from a former "Criminal Tribe" community in Ahmedabad, and an experimental documentary about 19th century murals in Garhwal, 'Wall Stories.'

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Director Statement

Film Noir usually treats its female characters as femme fatales or Madonnas. I am interested in finding the woman character who is neither and negotiates these tropes to find something new in this genre.