"Death Certificate"--A relevant, regional language film by Rajaditya Banerjee is set for screening at Major Internat

"Death certificate " is the debut feature film by Rajaditya Banerjee. The film is ofall set to hit the major film festivals across the globe. He highlights a very relevant, social issue of the tribal people, who are unfortunately still the backward minority of the Indian society. They still toil in darkness and ignorance as the world strides in technology. 
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Death Certificate revolves around the life of a tribal woman Sabitri and her search for her husband Ramlokhon who happily provided water to thirsty rail passengers in a remote corner in Eastern India. Ramlokhon doesn’t return home one evening. Ramlokhon’s friend Shibu comes to look for him in his village and informs Sabitri and the grand old man (dadu) in the village that Ramlokhon is missing.They embark on a journey to look for Ramlokhon through the mountains and forests filled with memories of the missing man. They arrive at the station only to hear that someone has been run over by Kiul passenger train. Station Master informs Sabitri that he hopes it isn’t Ramlokhon but in the worst case scenario in case the dead body is his she must obtain a death certificate.

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DIRECTOR'S FILMOGRAPHY 

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India born Rajaditya Banerjee is a Theatre Artist turned filmmaker. He debuts as an actor, director and producer in Death Certificate. He has regularly performed in theaters in India, Finland and the USA. He has acted in three short films, besides writing and directing numerous plays. 
His recent plays Mr. I’ve been to the zoo and It’s about to rain have been staged and appreciated in the US and Finland.

Films acted & assisted are :

Life (English, 2014, 11 min, Dir : A.Roy) , 
Casual Friday (Finnish, 2013, Dir:Riitta Rhytta) 
The Lovers (Silent, 2015, Dir: Hiroki Kaminaga)

Rajaditya comes from a family of filmmakers. His late brother Bappaditya Bandopadhyay was a renowned independent filmmaker in India whose films were shown in many international film festivals including Fribourg, Singapore , IFFI, Goa, Montreal World Film Fest etc. His film Barbed Wire (Kantatar) won the NETPAC in 2007 at Festival International Cinema D’Asia in Vesoul, France.

Rajaditya holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Indian History from the University of Calcutta (India) and a diploma in Digital Filmmaking from The Baltic Film & Media School Tallinn, Estonia.

A truly international person and a supporter of humanity, Rajaditya is also a poet and wishes to present stories of hope, courage and triumph of human spirit from round the planet to global audience through his cinema. 

DIRECTOR'S COMMENT ON DEATH CERTIFICATE

Death Certificate (2017) my debut experimental feature film is an effort to evoke the effect of years of subordination of the voiceless and marginalized in India, especially women, which is poignantly reflected in macrocosm of events beyond their control. 
A tribal woman’s world comes crashing down when she learns her husband is missing. From a picturesque village surrounded by mountains and forests, she comes to terms with cruel and inhuman reality on the ground trying to find her missing husband. 
The film I feel is a strong statement against corruption, bureaucracy and human rights abuses inflicted on those who exist on the fringes of India. With a simple style, I have tried to vividly describe the ordeal and the pain these people experience. 
This film was shot in real locations in Eastern India in natural light in extreme conditions with mercury shooting well over 50 degrees Celsius. 
As the search continues for life in other planets and we try to find an answer to the question whether we are alone in the universe, the misery & violation of human rights continue for the other half on planet earth. 

The film questions our values or lack of it and raises a pertinent question:We have globalized technology, when will we globalize humanity.

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