Shem, an out of work, self-styled detective with a sharp sense of the streets, escapes the lethargy of small town Shillong when he is asked to investigate the disappearance of
Shem, an out of work, self-styled detective with a sharp sense of the streets, escapes the lethargy of small town Shillong when he is asked to investigate the disappearance of an object worthy of great cultural value. Navigating narrow streets and dark alleys, he embarks on an emotional and mental journey reflective of his reality and that of Shillong. Shem navigates the city of Shillong in the faraway North Eastern India, an area rife with acute racial tensions and an even more diverse cultural identity than the rest of the country. As the quintessential flaneur, he maneuvers the real and the imaginable to further complicate the personal, the political and the emotional.
India • 2019 • 106 min • drama • Khasi, English and Hindi
Cast: Adil Hussain, Dawiat Syiem, Elizer Bareh, Randell Nongkhlaw, Merlvin Mukhim, Lumbor Mawsor
Director: Wanphrang K Diengdoh: is an independent filmmaker and the founder of Reddur, a production space for film, music and art, and of Ñion, a music project that subverts traditional folk forms. In 2011, his debut short film 19/87 was showered with all the awards at the Guwahati International Short Film Festival. In 2013, he received the Early Career Film Fellowship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai for his documentary Where the Clouds End, about tribal identity and border politics. In 2015, he directed Between the Forest and the Song, which explores the song-naming tradition in Kongthong Village and the implications of modernity in tribal spaces. In 2017, he completed Because We Did Not Choose, about the participation of tribal labour in the First World War. His first fiction feature film, The Flaneur, premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
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