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Breathing Without Air| 23mins
Director: Kapilas Bhuyan | Producer: Late Kailash Chandra Bhuyan
Focus Years: 2003 | Country: India
Subject Tags: asia, culture, education, equality, india, oppression, poverty
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The 'Mundapotas', a nomadic group in South Orissa, survive by collecting honey, capturing animals like snakes, porcupines, komodo dragons and rats, which is a menace to the granaries. Another source of their livelihood is the rustic roadshow that thrills and entertains the villagers. The most thrilling item of the performance is when a performer buries his head under the ground. 'Breathing Without Air' is the tale of a father-son duo of this 'Mundapota' community. The son buries his head while his father accompanies by beating the drum. What happens in the darkness that engulfs him in the pit? How does he survive the ordeal? Does he dream, or fantasize? If so, what? As the film explores these questions, it becomes a metaphor for the soul-killing deprivation of working children in India.
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