Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

Village Rockstars


Year: 2017
Country: INDIA
Run Time: 87 minutes

Village Rockstars

Dhunu doesn’t behave like the other girls in her village. She climbs trees, runs barefoot, and hangs out with boys instead of girls… something that often gets her scolded by neighbors and elders. Unconcerned with her reputation, Dhunu continues to meet her friends each day after school. Together, they create fake instruments out of styrofoam and form their very own fantasy rock band. After seeing a comic strip portraying kids in a band with real instruments, Dhunu begins to dream of ditching the fantasy band to form a real band and starts working to save money for a guitar. But growing up in poverty in rural India poses big challenges when trying to assemble a rock band. Despite the obstacles, Dhunu forges ahead with optimism and resilience. Capturing the sweet innocence of childhood dreams, VILLAGE ROCKSTARS follows Dhunu’s journey in this tender coming-of-age story. Beautifully immersive, VILLAGE ROCKSTARS creates a world so authentic, it often feels like an observational documentary rather than a narrative film. (In Assamese with subtitles) —G.S.

India's Best Foreign Language Oscar® Submission

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 1:45 PM

Family Films
Pan-Asian Cinema
Women of the World

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

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Rima Das

Rima Das is an award-winning Indian filmmaker. Das recently won India’s National Best Film and Best Editor Awards, and GQ India named her one of the 50 Most Influential Young Indians of 2018.

Man with the Binoculars: Antardrishti (2016), VILLAGE ROCKSTARS (2017), Bulbul Can Sing (2018) – CIFF43

Rima Das, Jaya Das

Rima Das

Rima Das

Rima Das

Principal Cast
Bhanita Das, Basanti Das, Kulada Bhattyacharya, Manabendra Das, Boloram Das

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Hathaway Brown

Community Partners

Children's Museum of Cleveland

Cleveland Asian Festival

Media Partners

India International

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