When Hamlet Came to Mizoram

English (subtitled), 52 min, 1989, India

Mizoram is a small state on the Northeastern border of India. In the 1940s, J. F. Laldailova, an officer in the British army, introduced the people of Mizoram to Shakespeare, translating his works into the Mizo language. The film shows bits of rehearsals and performances of 'Hamlet' and a discussion by various actors of how Shakespeare’s works, and 'Hamlet' in particular, relates to their own lives.
This film stayed out of pubic circulation for decades after the prints and negative were damaged. The film was ‘revived’ by the director recently from various sources and formats.

Vital Films, Zoe Young
Creative Crew
Ranjan Palit
Sameera Jain
Suresh Rajamani
Play Director: Biak Thangsanga
Awards and Screenings:

Screened at:
Cinema du Reel, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
and many others