Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake)
Location la: Redstone Theater
With director Haobam Paban Kumar in person
India. Dir. Haobam Paban Kumar. 2016, 71 mins. DCP. North American premiere. In Manipuri with English subtitles. With Ningthoujam Sanatomba, Sagolsam Thambalsang. In the northeastern state of Manipur, a unique community of fishing families populate the floating islands (phumdi) on Lake Loktak. The community shantytowns are threatened by a government initiative to raze them in the name of ecological preservation. Among those who live in fear of losing their homes is Tomba (Ningthoujam Sanatomba), a fisherman whose despair threatens to explode in violence when he discovers a gun. The spellbinding narrative debut from nonfiction filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar blends documentary-like realism with a touch of the surreal.
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