Indian short ‘Aaba’ to premiere at 67th Berlinale

Amar Kaushik’s ‘Aaba’ (Grandfather, 2016) makes it to Berlinale’s Generation Kplus competition; World Premiere on February 11, 2017

“Generation” section, Berlinale  provides an opportunity for young people to participate in the greater conversation on cinema and culture that the festival represents. It also unites the two competition categories — Kplus and 14plus — under one roof.  In 2017, a grand total of 62 short and feature-length films hailing from 41 countries of production will take part in these competitions.

Shot in the picturesque Arunachal Pradesh, the story of ‘Aaba’ revolves around an orphan girl from the Apatani tribe, who comes across the news of her grandfather reaching the terminal stages of lung cancer. As he starts counting his days, unexpected developments take place. Based on a story he heard from his mother while growing up in Arunachal Pradesh, ‘Aaba’ has been written and directed by Amar Kaushik, produced by Raj Kumar Gupta and Mitul Dikshit, and co-produced by Onir and Alison Welly.

A thrilled Amar Kaushik shared, “This is truly a memorable moment for the AABA team. I am thankful to my mentors Raj Kumar Gupta and Onir and my friend Mitul Dikshit for showing their confidence in me, and the entire team for their support on this project. The beautiful Arunachal Pradesh made the entire film making process all the way more precious for us. Berlinale is an esteemed film event and having AABA premiere at the event is an absolute honour. We are looking forward to attending the event and representing India on the platform.”

Kaushik is currently working as first Assistant Director to Iranian writer-producer-director Majid Majidi, who is shooting his untitled film, an Indian story, across Mumbai, Delhi, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kashmir. Majidi is well loved across the world for films like ‘The Colour of Paradise’, ‘Baran’, ‘The Song of Sparrows’, ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’ and the Oscar nominated ‘Children of Heaven’, among others.

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