Hyderabad: The first tribal language film in India, ‘Death Certificate’, will have its North American premiere on May 20 in Toronto, Canada as part of the International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA).
Directed by actor producer and theatre personality Rajaditya Banerjee, the film portrays a strong statement against corruption, bureaucracy and human rights abuses inflicted on those who exist on the fringes of India. In a simple style, the film vividly describes ordeal and the pain these people experience, according to a press release.
The director chose Kurmali language for the film, which portrays the lives of Kurmi people. The director, inspired by his father Debasish Bandopadhyay’s story Death Certificate, which was on the marginalised society and with not much work being done on Kurmis, decided to highlight the issues in the lives of Kurmis.
The film was shot in Jharkhand and West Bengal, and also highlights the issue of lack of morgues. Shot in real locations and in natural light, the movie was screened in the Melbourne Film Festival, London Monthly Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival in Mumbai, Pune Film Festival and the Bangalore Film Festival as well.