About the Artist
Ajitpal Singh was born in Punjab, India. When he was eight years old, his father ran a cinema hall, and Singh would sneak into the theater to watch Bollywood films. Life took a bitter turn when, due to insurgency, the family suffered huge losses and migrated to Gujarat, where his father worked as a security guard.
Still, the filmmaking bug never left him, and after doing some odd jobs, he started writing screenplays.
FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS is Singh's feature debut and premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Other honors include an Audience Award for Best Feature at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Jury Award for Best Director at NYIFF.
NOTE: Due to distribution rights, this event is streaming ONLY in the United States.
Fire in the Mountains
India I 82 mins I Drama I 2020 I Hindi w/ English subtitles
In this astonishing feature debut from director Ajitpal Singh, a mother toils to build a road to take her son, who has limited mobility, to physiotherapy. Her husband, believing a shamanic ritual is the true remedy, sabotages her plans.
While trying to stay afloat on the slim profits of their Himalayan homestay, the family begins to fracture.
FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to critical acclaim and a flourishing festival run, including serving as the Opening Night Selection at the Indian Film Festival of LA and the Closing Night Selection at the New York Indian Film Festival.
"Singh displays a Nuri Bilge Ceylan- level authenticity in his visual, unhurried portrayal of rural life. " - Variety
ON DEMAND STREAMING + Q&A
FRIDAY, JUNE 25 - SUNDAY, JUNE 27
Writer/Director: AJITPAL SINGH
Producer(s): AJAY RAI
Cinematographer: DOMINIQUE COLIN
Editor(s): PARIKSHHIT JHA
Sound Designer: MOHANDAS VP
Production Design: MAUSAM AGGARWAL
MAYANK SINGH JAIRA
Casting Director: TARAN BAJAJ
Sound Recordist: KANISHK BHOKLAY
Original Soundtrack: ARNAUD VAN VLIET