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The Colour of Darkness


RELEASE 19TH OF MAY AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CINEMAS & 25TH OF MAY INDIAN CINEMAS


“The Colour of Darkness” had its world premiere screening as part of the 2016 IFFM – Indian Film Festival Melbourne on Sunday 21 August 2016 at Hoyts Melbourne Central cinema.


GK Makwana Films is negotiating distribution of the film in Australia, India and Europe.

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Background


In 2010 the city of Melbourne became the focus of intense media scrutiny after a series of violent attacks on Indian international students.


Girish Makwana, in the early stages of his career as filmmaker, found the inspiration for the film “The Colour of Darkness” in the coverage of these events. He observed the escalating media frenzy in both Australia and India and was shocked at the media’s readiness to portray these random acts of senseless aggression as evidence for deep-seated racial tensions between Australians and Indians.


His research and enquiry into what lay behind the media story allowed him to examine both the complexities of the Indian historical and cultural landscape and the contrasts and contradictions of modern-day Australian society. His script juxtaposes scenes in India and Australia and explores discrimination as it occurs specifically in India within the historical context of the caste system and its perpetuation in the 21st century, both in India and beyond its borders. The unfolding of events in Melbourne highlights a relatively young society coming to terms with uncomfortable truths hidden below the surface of the cosmopolitan lifestyle.

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Story


"All the colour, depth and mystery of India’s complex and riotous cultural heritage is brought to light in a single action which changes two countries forever.


A proud Indian international student is attacked in a brightly lit train carriage against a backdrop of darkness.


Unknown to his attackers his high caste status has little relevance, and in one poignant moment, he is rescued by his counterpart, an ‘untouchable’, a low caste.


They are united by what would otherwise be impossible.


The highly publicised event sends shock waves through the international community.


As the climate escalates, Maria Kris a young Australian journalist of Indian descent is sent to investigate, and what happens from there uncovers long established and inherent prejudices between the two countries and what lies between ….


In her quest for truth, she meets a young Indian student Giriraj, who changes her life forever through an unlikely meeting. Throughout their ensuing friendship, Maria is taken by Giriraj for a journey through the darkness of India’s social history and via the laneways of her own city, exposing a side she had never imagined."


 
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