Directors: Ekta Mittal and Yashaswini Raghunandan
Country of production: India
Year of production: 2020
Duration: 13 mins
Languages: Hindi, English
During the lockdown, workers in cities felt stuck, restless and agitated in the city; they were determined to return home. With the failure and criminal negligence towards their working and living conditions, workers’ were collectively demanding their return home. Saboot/Evidence is a film that shows the criminal negligence of the State and the violations and non-compliance by the contractors/employers, as stated by the workers.
Ekta Mittal co-founded Maraa, a media and arts collective in Bangalore (www.maraa.in) in 2008. She works there as a practitioner, researcher, curator and facilitator around issues of gender, labour & caste in rural and urban contexts. She also works with creative practices in public space, through independent production and collaborations with other artists. She also makes films around labour, migration and cities since 2009. Her films on migration are under the film project called Behind the Tinsheets. (www.tinsheets.in)
Yashaswini Raghunandan works with both film and sound to build narratives in the form of docu-fiction as a way to think about the present. She finished her artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2019. She is also a recipient of the INLAKS scholarship to study abroad at the Royal College of Art, London in Sound Art and Design (IED). In 2019 she made her first feature film ‘That cloud never left,’ which was premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future Competition) and won awards at Sharjah Film Platform (Best Experimental Documentary Film); Golden FILAF at Festival of Art and Film, Prepignan, France; Special Mention at 55th International New Cinema Show, Pesaro, Italy, and at Kasseler DokFest.’ This Hole is a Half-Dream of a Dune,’ is her first solo show on exhibit at an artist-run space Marwan, Amsterdam. She and Ekta Mittal collaborated and directed films with Behind the Tin Sheets Project between 2009-2013. Distance is their second film which won the Golden Dove at Dok-Leipzig in 2012.