Joseph’s Son Unveils Manipur’s Misery: Set to Screen at IFFK


Thiruvananthapuram, December 1, 2023 – The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) is gearing up for a powerful cinematic experience as “Joseph’s Son,” a Manipuri film directed by Haobam Paban Kumar, takes center stage. The film, known for its poignant portrayal of Manipur’s hardships amidst violence, is set to be screened at the festival under the Indian Cinema Now category.

“Joseph’s Son” delves into the heart of ethnic violence and riots in Manipur, unfolding the gripping narrative of a father’s relentless search for his son, who has not returned home. The film masterfully captures the daily struggles faced by the natives, providing a stark depiction of their plight. Having garnered acclaim at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the film is poised to leave a lasting impact on the audience at IFFK.

Under the Indian Cinema Now category, six other compelling films are scheduled for screening. Srijit Mukherji’s “Padatik” pays homage to the legendary Mrinal Sen, celebrating his centennial. The Gujarati film “Kayo Kayo Colour?” by debutant director Shahrukhkhan Chavada portrays the life of a Muslim family in Ahmedabad, offering an observational prism into their struggles.

“Rimdogittanga (Rapture),” a chilling Garo language film directed by Dominic Sangma, tackles ethno-religious conflict, refugee crises, and structural violence, earning recognition at the Locarno International Film Festival. Uttam Kamati’s “Kherwal” explores the emotional connection between a five-year-old named Kherwal and a Norwegian researcher, promising a heartfelt narrative. Harshad Nalawade’s “Follower,” a Marathi-Kannada film, envisions India’s future under a Hindu right-wing regime, while Chhatrapal Ninawe’s “Ghaath (Ambush)” is a crime thriller revolving around a young Maoist woman seeking justice for her brother’s death.

The IFFK promises a diverse and thought-provoking cinematic experience with these films, each offering a unique perspective on societal issues and human experiences. The festival, renowned for its celebration of global cinema, will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on attendees and cinephiles alike.