Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

A Grave-keeper's Tale
(Maati Maay)

Year: 2006
Country: INDIA
Language: Marathi
Run Time: 98 minutes

A Grave-keeper's Tale

In remote India in the 1950s, villagers pay hefty sums to protect their children from the Ghoul. Adults and children alike fear her evil eye as she stumbles around, her hair dirty and tangled and her clothes filthy. They say that one of her glances could kill a child. The older generations encourage such beliefs, while school instructors teach children about the Earth's orbit around the Sun and equality among all Indians-foreign concepts to adults in this secluded community. Caught in this space between the old and the new is young Bhagirath, who questions his father Narsu about the nature of Ghouls after a close encounter with the enigmatic woman. At first, Narsu merely tells him not to be afraid of her. But after Bhagirath's intelligence earns praise from a government official, Narsu decides to explain to his son the history of this shunned woman, who was once a beautiful grave-keeper. Director Chitra Palekar invites us to experience rural Indian culture as she eloquently relates A GRAVE-KEEPER'S TALE. (In Marathi with English subtitles) – E.J.B.

CIFF31 Screenings

Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:45 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 11:30 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Chitra Palekar (based on the short story "Baayen" by Mahasweta Devi)

Chitra Palekar

Chitra Palekar

Debu Deodhar

Hemanti Sarkar

Principal Cast
Nandita Das, Atul Kulkarni, Kshitij Gavande

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