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A Cry in the Dark.
A Cry in the Dark. 2006. India.
Directed by Haobam Paban Kumar


A Cry in the Dark. 2006. India. Directed by Haobam Paban Kumar. An extraordinary documentary about resistance in the face of overwhelming military force. In 2004, Thangiam Manorama, a thirty-two-year-old woman from a village in India’s eastern state of Manipur, was arrested and reportedly raped and killed in police custody. The circumstances of her death and its subsequent cover-up sparked widespread outrage and a popular uprising against the army-run government. Kumar, a native of Manipur, bears witness to astonishing acts of brutality and courage as unarmed protesters—many of them women leaders—are repeatedly beaten, shot at, tear gassed, and humiliated by soldiers of the Assam Rifles regiment, who flout their acts of violence before international human rights activists, journalists, and cameramen. In Manipuri and English, English subtitles. 56 min. New York premiere.

Preceded by Bare. 2006. India. Directed by Santana Issar. A poignant short in which the filmmaker uses home-movie footage and recorded telephone conversations to reach out to her alcoholic father. English subtitles, 11 min. New York premiere.
Friday, April 27, 6:00; Saturday, April 28, 4:30. T1

  

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