In a significant milestone for Indian cinema, Amit Sadh’s compelling film, ‘Ghuspaith Between Borders,’ has been chosen as India’s official entry at The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2023. The movie, which stars Amit Sadh in the lead role, pays tribute to the late Pulitzer Awardee Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui and highlights the courage and sacrifices made by photojournalists worldwide.
Amit Sadh, known for his versatile acting, expressed his deep connection with the project, saying, “It’s been an enriching experience working on this project. ‘Ghuspaith’ is our tribute to photojournalists like Danish Siddiqui, who risk their lives to report to us the realities of the world. Having our film being selected for this festival is an absolute honor, and I am hopeful that it will go far from here.“
‘Ghuspaith Between Borders’ is a poignant film inspired by the tragic demise of renowned Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui. It sheds light on the hidden complexities of issues such as illegal cattle trade, cow smuggling, human trafficking, the refugee crisis, and ethnic cleansing. The story revolves around the life of Manav, an Indian photojournalist played by Amit Sadh, raising the fundamental question, “Where do we draw the borders between humanity?”
The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, now in its 27th year, has become a global platform for independent filmmakers. In 2022, the Festival showcased 383 films representing works from 106 countries. Notably, RIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for Best Short Subject and by BAFTA for the British Short Film Category.
Director Mihir Kalpana Lath, who helmed ‘Ghuspaith Between Borders,’ expressed his excitement, stating, “As a filmmaker, I believed it to be vital to recount the narrative of our photojournalists, true heroes in every moment. Witnessing my debut film being selected for RIFF is a surreal experience beyond my expectations. The outpouring of affection is truly heartening, and I hope this marks the inception of numerous remarkable milestones to come.“
Shakun Batra, the film’s presenter, added, “As makers of this really special film, our hearts are full, and we look forward to presenting our short to audiences from different parts of the world. For years, The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival has been bringing together cinema lovers from various cultures, and it’s truly an honor to be here this year with our film.”
The 27th edition of The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from August 7 to 13, 2023.
‘Ghuspaith Between Borders’ is written and directed by Mihir Kalpana Lath, produced by Girish Arora, and presented by Shakun Batra under his banner Jouska Films. The film also features Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Pamela Bhutoria, and Korak Samanta in key roles