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…ebang bewarish (…and the unclaimed)

62 minutes, Bengali (with English subtitles), 16:9, Colour, 2013, India.
Happy to announce that our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed ) has got Jury Special Mention in the Documentary section of SiGNS 2014, organized by the Federation of Film Societies of India, Kerala on 1st June 2014.
Nearly 160 films under categories such as national competition for documentaries and short films; artists’ cinema were screened at the 8th edition of SiGNS , the pioneering festival in India for digital videos.

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On February 21, 2011, two young girls committed suicide together in Nandigram, one of the interior villages in West Bengal. As the story unfolded we came to know of their love affair, and non-acceptance of the village community as well as their families. To deal with such ‘abnormality’, one of the girls was married off in a hurry, which perhaps pushed them towards the end of the road – committing suicide. But their death did not end societal non-acceptance, even after death their dead bodies lay unclaimed in the police morgue for several days. Through the last letter by one of the girls that survived them and tried to tell us the story of love and loathing, asked their parents to cremate them together, which did not happen. The unclaimed bodies were disposed off by the police, unattained, uncared for.


Debalina’s film “… ebang bewarish (…and the unclaimed)”, talks about these two unclaimed dead bodies and many more dead and living ones. The central question being non-acceptance of non-normative persons, the film brings out pain and desolation of such persons who are ‘unclaimed’ by their loved ones and by the society at large. We see four persons narrating their stories of living as misfits and how these tales of living persons connect and merge with the dead ones. ‘If we want to keep the dead alive within us, then their death is also apart of our living, don’t you think so?

Latest news about our film

We are delighted to share with you that “… ebang bewarish” ( … and the unclaimed ), has been selected to participate in the Competition section ofSiGNS 2014, organized by The Federation of Film Societies of India, to be held at Kochi from May 28 to June 1.
SiGNS, the pioneering festival in India for digital videos featuring national level competition for documentaries and short fiction for the prestigiousJohn AbrahamNational Awards. John Abraham Awards was instituted in 1999 by the Kerala Region of Federation of Film Societies of India in memory of JOHN ABRAHAM, who was the guiding spirit behind radical initiatives for people’s cinema.

Festivals and Screenings…
  • National Competition Section of the 13th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2014
  • 11th World Film Festival, Tartu, Estonia, 2014
  • 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2013
  • 10th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, 5-7, March 2014 New Delhi, India
  • 23rd Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Canada, 2013
  • KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, Mumbai, India
  • Reel Desires 2013, Chennai International Queer Film Festival, India
  • DIALOGUES: Calcutta International LGBT Film & Video Festival, 2012
Reviews
  • Nandini Ramnath reviews our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).Livemint & The Wall Street Journal
  • Shoma A. Chatterji reviews our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).India Together
  • Sangbad Pratidin20/09/2013
  • Varsha Naik reviews our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).DNA
  • Sayan Bhattacharya in conversation with Director Debalina about our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).Kindle
  • Shamik Bag reviews our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).Livemint & The Wall Street Journal
  • Aritra Bhattacharya reviews our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).The Statesman
  • Debesh Banerjee reviews our film … ebang bewarish ( … and the unclaimed).The Indian Express
Credits
  • Sound Camera Direction: Debalina
  • Sound Design and Editing: Abhro Banerjee
  • Music Director: Mainak Singha
  • Sound Re-recording and Mixing: Abhijit Sarkar
  • Producer: Sappho for Equality
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Photo credit: Amitava Sengupta, Debalina, Susmita Sinha

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