ABOUT THE PROJECT
A village on the Indo-Myanmar border; 70 years after Indian independence, news floats in that electricity may arrive. Life flickers between hope and frustration, and humor is the only constant.
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Far from the mainland and mainstream consciousness, in a region ridden with uncertainties, Tora is a quaint village, but with bad roads, erratic transport service, a dysfunctional school, no hospital, no power supply, no mobile network and no job opportunities, the only source of income being illegal marijuana cultivation.
The film invites us to experience the life of the people, evenings spent in darkness intercepted by small solar lamps. When they hear that electricity may arrive, they are hardly excited. They have been let down too often. The film follows the long, complex, and bizarre story of how electricity makes its way here.Over a period of two years spanning the electrification process and beyond, the film will follow the lives of three characters:
Jasmine is a feisty woman trying to make a place for herself in a deeply patriarchal society. She sends her four children to a boarding school, and the only way she can afford this is through marijuana cultivation. But her conscience tells her to give it up. She anxiously awaits electricity as she dreams of buying a refrigerator and setting up a small snack-stall in Tora.
The supporting characters are Ashang, the young city-bred lawyer and Village Chief who wants to establish himself as a leader who can get things done; and Khamrang, the 96-year-old who believes that nothing will change.The film alternates between the lives of the people and the electricity work, two threads that move together; the aspirations of people chafed by the apathy of officials, and the haphazard and absurd process of electrification. When will electricity arrive in Tora? Will it stay and transform people’s lives? The film waits to see.
Awards & Grants:
Best Pitch, Docedge-Kolkata, India
Best Asian Project, Docs Port Incheon, South Korea
Bertha Foundation, USA, grant recipient
GENRE Documentary Feature
DIRECTOR Anupama Srinivasan & Anirban Dutta
PRODUCER Anirban Dutta
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