Private Project

songs from a far away land

Only the one living on the border 
Will create a land 

Three siblings, brother Dinu and two sisters Anu and Buri meet on a seashore one morning after their mother's death. They reminiscence about their mother and her relentless journey in search of 'home. Gradually as  they dwell 

through their personal memories of 'mother' they unknowingly enter into unknown dark zones of mother and  there own lives. The spirits of their ancestors too become part of their stories as the two sisters preform their memories. Dreams, fantasies, memories and reality starts to overlap to form a complex image of 'mother' in search of home. 

Ditectors note:
I would like to call this film 'an exercise on improvisation,( in a musical sense ) on themes like 'home' , 'migration','crossing borders', 'identity' and most importantly the idea of 'home and woman'. Hence the film comes back to the same note/s (the image of mother and her search for home) again and again to find and form new combination (of notes) and constantly opens up new discourses centering around the above themes / ideas vis-a-vis the image of mother. The film also makes an effort to de-construct the age-old image of mother in Indian cinema.
What does the journey of the 'dead' means to the 'living' was another question that this film intends to explore. Doesn't the journey of the 'dead', (our ancestors') too leaves it's trace on us and take the shape and form of our journey? Journeys never stop. They grow deeper. Travelling also means an exploration of one's past.
Memory in the film is treated as an organic space, not fixed but filtered through the open wounds of the present.

  • tuhinabha majumdar
    Director
  • sathanand rangaraj
    Cinematography
  • pritish kumar chai
    sound designer
  • ashwin kelkar
    Editor
  • rajoo kumar
    production design
  • tuhinabha majumdar
    Writer
  • Dibyendu Bhattacharya
    Key Cast
    “DINU”
  • mome bhattacharya
    Key Cast
    “BURI”
  • satakshi nandy
    Key Cast
    “DIDI”
  • geeta guha
    Key Cast
    “tribal women”
  • FTII,India
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    32,716 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Language:
    Bengali
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - tuhinabha majumdar

Tuhinabha Majumdar began film making as an assistant to the cult Bengali musician and filmmaker Shri Gautam Chattopadhyay when in college. Later joined and completed 3 year PG diploma in filmmaking with a specialisation in Film and Video Editing from SRFTI, Kolkata after completing Film Appreciation at FTII & NFAI, Pune. He has been working as a writer, editor and director in films and television for last twenty two years. He began making films independently in 2001 with a documentary on a blind bird-watcher. His film 'Aamaar Katha: Story Of Binodini', a 78 mins film on the legendary early Bengali actress Binodini and her autobiography has received two Rajat Kamal for the Best Biographical and Historical Reconstruction film and Best Cinematography (Non-fiction) in the 62nd National Film Awards, 2014. 'Aamaar Katha' was screened in the 46th International Film Festival Of India, Goa, 2015 in the Indian Panorama section, SIGNS, Kerala, MIFF, 2016, International Art Summit, Jaipur 2015, SIGNS,2016, Little Cinema organised by TENT, Kolkata etc. He has also received Golden Conch for the Best Fiction Film and the Best Film of the Festival award in MIFF, 2012 for ‘Midnight Bioscope’ and the Silver Award at the 11th Indian Documentary Producers’ Award for Excellence in 2015 for ‘City Within The City’ a PSBT documentary. Also has worked as Programming Head in television channels in Kolkata. Besides editing his own films he has edited Tamil feature film Sengadal (Black Sea), Kolkata, the City Of Memories (a non-fiction television series on Kolkata in 21 episodes), and many documentaries, television films, television programmes etc. He has served as a jury in the 3rd NSFFI, 2015 and as a member of Board of Studies, department of MCV, St. Xaviers' College Kolkata besides conducting filmmaking workshops at SRFTI, Kolkata, Allahabad University, Jadavpur University, Kolkata etc. Tuhinabha taught at FTII, Pune as an Associate Professor in the department of Film Direction and Screenplay Writing from 2015 to 2020. Presently he is the HOD of Direction and Screenplay Writing at the School of Film and Television at MIT University, Pune.

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Ditectors note:
I would like to call this film 'an exercise on improvisation,( in a musical sense ) on themes like 'home' , 'migration','crossing borders', 'identity' and most importantly the idea of 'home and woman'. Hence the film comes back to the same note/s (the image of mother and her search for home) again and again to find and form new combination (of notes) and constantly opens up new discourses centering around the above themes / ideas vis-a-vis the image of mother. The film also makes an effort to de-construct the age-old image of mother in Indian cinema.
What does the journey of the 'dead' means to the 'living' was another question that this film intends to explore. Doesn't the journey of the 'dead', (our ancestors') too leaves it's trace on us and take the shape and form of our journey? Journeys never stop. They grow deeper. Travelling also means an exploration of one's past.
Memory in the film is treated as an organic space, not fixed but filtered through the open wounds of the present.