Kosa Muchaki, a 17-year-old Adivasi boy living with his father Sangram and sister Soni in a forested hinterland of central India, is picked up by policemen one evening as he’s
Kosa Muchaki, a 17-year-old Adivasi boy living with his father Sangram and sister Soni in a forested hinterland of central India, is picked up by policemen one evening as he’s returning to his village after selling a goat. A fierce journalist named Keshav, previously detained for reporting on police excesses, gets to know about this incident. Along with his colleague Saira Alam, a young human rights lawyer who works pro bono for Adivasi people, they try to help Kosa’s family navigate the bureaucratic mess that follows. Will Keshav, Saira, Sangram and Soni’s mutual efforts be enough to save Kosa’s future, or will his Kafkaesque quandary prove too much for them to handle?
India • 2020 • 84 min • drama • Hindi
Cast: Kunal Bhange, Gopal Kaka, Kareena Jagat, Vitthal Nagnath Kale, Nooryaab Nakhat
Director: Mohit Priyadarshi: A native of Bihar, Mohit Priyadarshi graduated in literature from Delhi University before enrolling for film classes at Jawaharlal Nehru University. It was only later, during his screenwriting studies at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), that he started conceptualizing his debut feature, Kosa, after hearing about the wrongful arrest of a real-life Adivasi boy. Interested in issues of social justice, the filmmaker is specifically compelled by the plight of the Adivasi people. “I believe Kosa is a very urgent story that needs to be told. It’s not a particularly easy story to accept, but it’s essential we confront how we are treating our indigenous communities. Despite constitutional guarantees, what we’re seeing in the Indian state’s battle against the Naxals is that the real issues are not being addressed, with fear psychosis having become the primary tool of operation.
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