Little Men

‘Little men’ explores a space that is indifferent towards the queerness of being, in the midst of a crumbling, dilapidating neighbourhood. In this space, two men, who have a seemingly deep but incomprehensible bond, try to coexist seamlessly while making space to accept the inherent fluidity of human sexuality, for one another. As their exploration, of the 'queer' within, acts in sync with the space around them, their relationship goes through a silent but unrestrained struggle.

  • Aritra Sarkar
  • Aritra Sarkar
  • Ranjit Nair
    Birds of Passage
  • Aritra Sarkar
  • Raushan Raj
    Key Cast
  • Arjit Kaker
    Key Cast
  • Shaz Mohammed
    Underground Tales
  • Moinak Bose
    Music Direction
  • Gaurav Mod
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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    English, Hindi
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Director Biography - Aritra Sarkar

A film student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Aritra hails from Calcutta where he grew up watching works of master Bengali filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. His views about filmmaking were deeply impacted when he came to realization of his sexuality and sexual preference and how they fit in the current scheme of politics and political representation in India. Taking inspiration from masters and contemporary intellectuals, he tries to look at films in a sensuous and personal manner.

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Director Statement

Oscillating between exploring gender, nurture and looking at a queer image beyond their sexual tendencies, ‘little men’ often relies on abstraction to evoke the ambiguity in relationships, metaphoric or physical. It’s a personal expression of coexistence in a shared space, in the midst of a rugged, rat- infested neighbourhood, struggling to make negotiations, to accept fluidity in identity. Relying heavily on the difference in their age, economic class, shared history, the complacency of youth and the slowly creeping loneliness of middle age. I wanted to explore a new space that’d allow me to look at the entire spectrum with sensitivity, nurture ambiguity and experiment with my ideas of an egalitarian society.