Director: Samarth Mahajan
Language: VOSE | VOSC
Borderlands is about the fate of lives identified with physical, personal and political borders. The various borderlands of India provide an ideal terrain for exploring how ordinary people cope with the fact of border as a wall of separation, division and exclusion from the Other. The film is an ode to human resilience, and explores the themes of migration, cross-border kinship, livelihood, and identity conflict through the axes of gender, class, nationality and sexuality. In a world where confrontation with otherness precedes its understanding, the film aims to show the analogies that exist in what seems different.
Samarth Mahajan is a Mumbai-based filmmaker. The Unreserved, his first documentary was awarded nationally, premiering on television and in cinemas across India. It is about travel on his country’s railroads and its passengers. Kazwa, his short documentary on sustainable rural tourism, received awards at multiple international film festivals, including the Marché du Film.