98 mins/2013/Hindi & Oriya with English subtitles/INDIA
Set in a small adivasi (tribal) hamlet in Pottacheru, Orissa, the film has the backdrop of a region fast being torn to shreds with civil strife.
Little Oonga (8) missed his village school trip to the faraway big city Lohabad to see a play called ‘Ramayan’. Unable to handle the pressure of being the only kid around who has not seen the fantastic warrior-king ‘Rama’, Oonga runs away. He goes on a perilous journey across forest, river, mountains and roads – bigger than any he’s ever seen, and valleys lain to waste by the mining industry… until he reaches the large, cold, chaotic, blinding city.
When he emerges from the play he believes he has become Rama! But he is now returning not to the warm confines of his little village, but to a battlefield where the ‘company’ will do anything to take the adivasi’s land away from them. Only, Oonga doesn’t know it yet.
This is filmmaker, Devashish Makhija’s first feature which is made with great conviction & heart. Oonga has played at various International Festivals including NYIFF, River to River, MAMI & the Melbourne Indian International Festival.
More about the Filmmaker, DEVASHISH MAKHIJA
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