Writer/Director – Ektara Collective | Length: 90 min | Language: Hindi (English Subtitles)
Laila and Roshni, two transwomen, are looking for a house after they are evicted from the place they rented. It soon becomes evident that their search for a home is also their ongoing search for a place in this society that wants to keep them away in a section that can not be the center. They have a friend in Sharukh, but many of their other interactions don’t turn out as expected. Laila is torn between being true to herself and preserving links with the family she was born into. Meanwhile, Roshni treads a fine line between concealing her identity and living the life she wants, but it is not without its dangers. As the search for a home continues, we realize it transcends physical spaces and biological bonds. New friendships blossom, and help comes from unexpected quarters.
The film was a part of NFDC Film Bazaar’s Work in Progress (WIP) Lab, 2021. Here it was mentored by Philippa Campbell (Emmy, Gloden Globe, and PGA award nominee), Derek Malcolm (Film critic, Huffington Post), Marco Muller (Academy Award-winning producer for Best Foreign Film), Olivia Stewart (Producer of several award-winning films). The editing of this film was closely mentored by Lizi Gelber (editor of several award-winning films).
The film was showcased as a part of NFDC’s Film Bazaar’s Goes to Cannes at the Marche du Film 2022
Tokyo International Film Festival 2022 – World Premier
International Film Festival Of Kerala 2022 – Winner Certificate of Merit, Winner Special Mention Award for two leads
SXSW 2023 – US Premiere
BFI Flare 2023 – UK Premiere