Director: Rima Das Country: India Year: 2017 Runtime: 87 minutes Language: Assamese Subtitles: English Genre: Coming of age, drama

In a remote village in northeast India, 10-year-old Dhunu fights against stereotypes and poverty to pursue her dream of owning a guitar and forming a rock band.

Dhunu wants a rock band. It’s an admirable goal for a young girl, but
out of reach when you live in a remote village in northeast India. And
when your mother is a widow struggling to put food on the table, dreams of electric guitars can seem like madness. Yet a guitar is exactly what drives Dhunu’s ambition. At 10 years old she is alive with a passion for music and a dazzling confidence in her own convictions.

Rima Das’ second feature paints an inspiring portrait of a young girl finding her place in a world made for boys and men. She has returned to her home village in Northeast India to shoot VILLAGE ROCKSTARS and the young local amateur actors do a brilliant job in this warm-hearted coming-of-age story of defiance, female empowerment, dreams and friendship.

Original title: Village Rockstars Cast: Bhanita Das, Basanti Das, Kulada Bhattacharya, Boloram Das, Rinku Das, Bishnu Kalita, Manabendra Das, Bhaskar Das, Padma Sharma, Subhash
Das Screenplay: Rima Das Producer: Rima Das, Jaya Das Sales: Asian Shadows

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