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Karie (Black)

Karie means Black. While there are tonal variations in culture across the southern multicultural, multi-religious Indian state called Kerala, one thing that remains unchanged is the caste system. Caste is the dangerous villain that creates irreparable damage to the social fabric and ostracizes individuals based on their skin tone. Karie explores the intricacies and power equations in the grim caste system in the form of the dialects and subtle language nuances influenced by caste. The film travels through the village with two men whose mission is to conduct a ritual on behalf of their colleague who works abroad.

  • Shanavas Naranipuzha
  • Shanavas Naranipuzha
  • Eye 2 Eye Cinema
  • Rammohan
    Key Cast
  • Gopu Kesav
    Key Cast
  • K T Satheesh
    Key Cast
  • Unni Kumbidi
    Key Cast
  • Velayudhan
    Key Cast
  • Parukutti Amma
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Karie (Black, Malayalam feature)
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    1 hour 36 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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Director Biography - Shanavas Naranipuzha

Born and brought up in Naranipuzha, a village on the border of Malappuram district (Kerala-India), Shanavas is a commerce graduate who entered visual media as an editor. After working for a television channel for 3 years, he joined an advertisement firm in the Middle East and got the experience of working in 14 different countries. Currently he is the Creative Head of Eye to Eye Media School & Film Production. He had made a handful of short fiction films, which won him many accolades, before this debut feature film.

Filmography (All short fiction)
God’s Country
Door to Door
90 CM
Egg and Abhi

Awards & Honours

God’s Country
2007- ALA Short Film Festival (Kerala-Calicut): Best Script Writer, Audience Award, Best 2nd film Jury Prize

Door to Door
2008 Kerala Film Audience International Film Festival (Guruvayur-Kerala): The Golden Plate Audience Award
2008 Vibgyor International Film Fest (Trichur-Kerala): Fellowship for short fiction
2009 Jeevan TV and Atlas International Film Festival: Best Script Writer, Audience Award, Best 2nd film
2008 Swaralaya International Short Film Festival (Palakkad-Kerala): Best Film Award
2009 Samayam International Short Film Festival (Kannur-Kerala): Best film, Best Script, Best Director, Best Actor and Special Jury Awards

Egg and Abhi
2010 The State Children's Film Festival (Tirur-Kerala): Best Film Award

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Director Statement

The film Karie has been enthusiastically received and critically acclaimed in Kerala and elsewhere. It is a film that looks at the contemporary caste-ridden society through the eyes of a few common people in the background of folklore and art.