RBN Web Desk: Director Manoj Michigan’s short film ‘I, Reborn’ has won a Remi Award at the 52nd Houston International Film Festival (HIFF) in the ‘short subject films—dramatic original’ category. The film has Debopriyo Mukherjee and Haridas Chatterjee in lead roles.
‘I, Reborn’ is 20-minute silent film about a dom and his aged, senile father. A dom is a person who cremates bodies at the burning ghat and is considered one of the lowest ranked in the Hindu caste system. The father watches helplessly from the sidelines as his son continues with the family tradition of burning corpses. One day, an abandoned child enters the decrepit daily routine of the father and son and their lives take an unexpected turn. ‘Reborn’, in the title, has been used as an allegory. The film was shot at Tajpur in West Bengal.
‘I, Reborn’ competed with more than 4,500 films from 74 countries at the HIFF. Though ‘I, Reborn’ has no dialogues, Michigan opted for an English name to retain a more universal appeal for the film.