India l South Korea
Director Pushpendra Singh
The Mahabharata’s Ashwatthama is the last story nine-year old Ishvaku is told by his mother before she dies. Sent to his uncle’s house, just like Ashwatthama, he begins roaming the countryside. Filmed in black and white with sparks of colour, this is an intensely beautiful and beguiling exploration of the intersections of legend, folk traditions, rituals and reality in an Indian village.
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Film program curated by Gail Kovatseff
Notes by Gail Kovatseff and Nick Godfrey
Special thanks to Sheree Ramage & the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Mat Kesting, Nick Godfrey & Mike Walsh