Ladakhi film Chuskit will have its world premiere at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. Filmmaker Priya Ramasubban’s movie will be competing for the Gryphon Award for the Best Feature Film in the Elements +6 category at the film gala which will go on till July 28.
Chuskit will be the first Indian film to be screened at the festival – regarded as one of the most popular children’s movie galas – since Nagesh Kukunoor’s India Rainbow and Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw in 2015.
Ramasubban, who has travelled the world for over 15 years making films for National Geographic and Discovery and other foreign broadcasters, is excited. “This is my first feature film, so when I started work on it, I had no real goal except to do my best and tell the story as best as I could. The fact that this film has been selected at such a prestigious festival for children just makes my heart sing,” she said.
Thousands of children and teenagers from 52 countries serve as film jurors in their various age groups for the seven competing categories at the festival. Written and directed by Ramasubban herself, Chuskit follows the story of a sprightly young girl who has a very simple dream – going to school.
Her dream is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. She is confined to life indoors in the company of her strict grandfather, Dorje. How Chuskit continues to harbour hopes of school but Dorje tries to make her understand that school can’t handle her needs, forms the rest of the story.