A Rifle and a Bag is an observational film of great beauty featuring Somi and her husband, who, after a decade of fighting alongside the Naxalites – a communist guerilla group fighting for the rights of the tribal communities of India –, deserted the movement and surrendered to the police. Ever since, they have been striving to forge a new identity for themselves and their family and to navigate India’s bureaucracy. This wonderful ethnographic film presents their story, Somi’s story, in a touching, motherly, and deeply human way.
The film is a production of the NoCut Film Collective, which was founded in 2016 by Christina Hanes, Arya Rothe and Isabella Rinaldi, who envision filmmaking as a collaborative and transcultural endeavor.
This ethnographic film has been screened in fourteen international film festivals, notably Nyon’s Visions du Réel, Rotterdam’s International Film Festival, and Azerbaijan’s DokuBaku.
8:00 PM Session 2
5150 Boul. Saint-Laurent,
Montréal, QC H2T 1R8
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