Death in a Village

Renu Savant
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Marathi (with English subtitles), 142 min, 2016, India

In 2014, I started the experiment of documenting time in my native village of Mirya in Konkan coast of Maharashtra. This was an experiment also with the idea of a digital camera study – to use the digital camera to document the time in a very specific space. The idea of a study as various renderings of a space and time meant that this was a process-oriented approach. In this sense, the process of studying the place itself, would, narrativise it. This experiment, once started was obsessive and a tremendously isolated one for me.
The intention behind the project was, through the camera, to do a political study of a village, where the very act of researching is constantly put into relief – trying to find an impersonal subjectivity. Narratives of power across caste, class and gender lines revealed themselves to the camera. Through members of my own extended family and some families from ‘other’ castes in the village, historical scars and distress, which affect the Indian villages at this current critical point in time, are examined and come through as the story develops to an exploding point.

School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Creative Crew
Renu Savant, Riju Das
Rikhav Desai
Hitesh Chaurasia
Script: Rikhav Desai / Commissioning editors: Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar