Somi and her husband Sukhram met very young while fighting among the Maoist group of Naxalities in the 1960s, during the guerrilla war to claim the rights of the tribal communities of India. A few years ago, they deserted the movement and surrendered in front of the police. Somi e Sukhram live in a settlement they built with other former comrades, but their status of surrendered fighters is also affecting their children, compromising their future: although Somi and Sukhram try to provide them the best possible education, they are exposed to constant risks.
NoCut Film Collective
co-founded in 2016 by three filmmakers Cristina Haneș (Romania), Isabella Rinaldi (Italy) and Arya Rothe (India) after collaborating in the framework of DocNomads Master Course in Documentary Directing. The collective directs and produces author-driven documentaries, envisioning filmmaking as collaborative and transcultural. A Rifle and a Bag is the collective’s first feature length creative documentary.
A Rifle and a Bag (doc, 2020).
"Deserting the movement meant starting from scratch, building a new life for herself and for her children. The act of surrendering has tampered with her value system and the ideology for which she fought, disengaging her from her surroundings and beliefs. A Rifle and a Bag accompanies Somi as she struggles to make her violent past compatible with her desire to integrate as a civilian in the society. The excruciating wait for the social rehabilitation is holding her children’s future back. Their sense of identity is now being challenged and it is this state of mind that we want to tackle, to discover the complex texture of moral, ideological and political engagement."
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