A Rifle and a Bag

  • 89'
  • India
  • 2020

Somi is pregnant with her second child. A girl, she hopes. Together with her husband she prepares for this new phase of their parenthood. It means that their son has to go to school, but as an ex-Naxalite that is tough to achieve in contemporary India, where people like them are third-rate citizens. They lack the certificates and an opaque bureaucratic process doesn't help.

Directors Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes and Arya Rothe of the NoCut Film Collective concentrate on Somi's close family ties, painting an intimate portrait of ex-Naxalites in India. Once, Somi and her husband were communist rebels fighting for the rights of Indian tribes. However, to safeguard their family's welfare, they surrendered to the government in exchange for marginal compensation and simple accommodation. A Rifle and a Bag is an impressive documentary about people forced to give up their ideals to be able to work on their future.

Special Mention Bright Future Competition 2020. 

Directors
Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
India, Romania, Italy, Qatar
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
89'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Gondi, Madiya, Hindi
Producers
Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe
Production Company
NoCut Film Collective
Sales
NoCut Film Collective
Screenplay
Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe, Cristina Hanes
Cinematography
Cristina Hanes
Editor
Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe, Yael Bitton
Sound Design
Ioan Filip, Dan-Stefan Rucareanu