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April 14th, 2022   AFS Cinema


April 22-25th, 2022    

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Grasshoppers Sleep Here

India I 8  mins I Coming of Age I 2021 I Malayalam w/

English subtitles

When a mowing man arrives to cut down a field, he finds a young girl sleeping there- determined to protect the insects that call it home. 

Inspired by the true experiences in the directors life, this simple yet layered story prompts us to acknowledge the small ecosystems that are inevitably important.

This film plays with LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM, in theaters and the FAMILY SHORTS program online. 

NOTE: This film is coming to theaters and our virtual cinema.  

About the Artist


Balaram J is a writer, designer and independent filmmaker from Kerala, India. He is a Communication Design graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.


Balaram has created animated sequences for Lijo Jose Pellissery's feature films JALIKATTU (2019) and CHURULI (2021). His animated thesis film STORY OF A BEGINNING' (2020) explores human's never-ending conflicts over ideas, beliefs and faiths and the constant search for answers .The film travelled to more than 45 international film festivals and bagged several awards.


Balaram's stories are born from observing life around him and his personal experiences. He craves stories that make him a better human and wishes to make films that do the same to others. He enjoys telling compelling stories using different visual mediums and hopes to push the limits of the existing visual communication methods. Currently, he is working on a few music videos and feature film projects.

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