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Tortoise Under the Earth

Tortoise Under the Earth Common Good Film Festival
Showtime
Monday, February 20 @ 4:00pm
Director
Shishir Ja
Country
India
Language
Santali
Film Length
135 minutes

In a uranium mining area of Jharkhand, India, a tribal couple cope with the loss of their daughter. For them, the land and forest are witness to their daughter’s memory. With great sensitivity and beauty, the film explores the deeply intertwined connections between  tribal communities and the forest that is their traditional home. Deftly interweaving the vivid colors of their festivals, their folk songs and the sense of community that binds them together, TORTOISE UNDER THE EARTH is a poetic elegy to a world that is rapidly disappearing, subsumed by unchecked development and displacement.

 

Film Stills

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Meet the Filmmaker

Shishir Ja, Director, Writer

Shishir Ja is a Mumbai-based Film-maker born in 1988, Bihar, INDIA. He graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID) with a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Video Communication Design. After that he pursued a Master’s degree in Film Direction at the Sarajevo Film Academy. He has received a Diploma in Filmmaking at the workshop of the late Abbas Kiarostami at EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV), Cuba 2016. He is one of the Directors of SHURUAAT KA INTERVAL—an anthology of eight short films with the common theme was released as a feature film by PVR Directors Rare.