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"The Burnt Soil- A Story about a Forgotten Art and its Future" has a two-fold purpose; one, to save the ancient art of pottery from dying and two, to raise environmental awareness about the health hazards of drinking from plastic and paper cups. The documentary ends with the hope that people will choose to drink from clay cups and save the environment as well as help sustain the livelihood of a community of struggling potters.
The documentary intends to highlight how at present, the Potter community is in dire straits. Despite the labour they put into making these bhar's, they do not get adequate returns. These poor artisans begin their day at the crack of dawn. They gather the mud from the banks of the river Ganges, then start working on the mud giving it a form much like dough. They keep kneading the dough and discarding the impurities. After many such stages of kneading, eliminating, working on the fast wheel and dry baking, they finally put the best-looking cups into the kilns for baking at high temperatures. This back-breaking labour of love starts at early morning and ends only at midnight. And the next day they are back at it again without a break. Needless to say, the Potter community is stuck in a vicious cycle where they have no personal life, no time for skill development for other trades and absolutely zero chances of growth.

  • Deep
  • Deep
  • Subhra Das
  • Panna Lal Prajapati
    Key Cast
  • Om Prakash Prajapati
    Key Cast
  • Bade Lal Prajalal
    Key Cast
  • Metal Prajapati
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Arnab Gupta
    Key Cast
  • Prof. Dr. Ambikesh Mahapatra
    Key Cast
  • Prof. Dr. Shouvik Mukhopadhyay
    Key Cast
  • Prof. Dr. Tarit ROYCHOWDHURY
    Key Cast
  • Prof. Dr. Avijit Das
    Key Cast
  • Mrs. Diti Mukherjee
    Key Cast
  • Swachchha Majumdar
    Key Cast
  • Arundip Chowdhury
    Director of Photography
  • Rittij Mazumder
    Director of Photography
  • Rittij Mazumder
  • Pradipta Saha
    Sound Design & Mix
  • T. Sudip
  • Abhijit Das
    Production Manager
  • Soumyadeep Das Chatterjee
  • Madhurima Ganguly
  • Chandrani Bhattacharya
    Legal Advisor
  • Biswajit Chowdhury
    Assistant Director
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  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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    Bengali, English, Hindi
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Distribution Information
    Sales Agent
    Country: India
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Hotel, Airline, Ship, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Deep

The journey from being a Software Application Developer to an independent filmmaker has previously directed two short films- Vanish & has been showcased at many film festivals around the world including the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Istanbul Film Festival. "The Burnt Soil- A Story about a Forgotten Art and its Future" is the first documentary film by director Arundip Chowdhury also known as Deep.

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