A Dog and His Man
Director: Siddharth Tripathy
Section: India Story
Country: India | Year: 2019
Language(s): Chhattisgarhi | Time: 84 mins
In a region where villagers face large-scale displacement due to coal mining, Shoukie and his dog Kheru spend what might probably be their last night in the village. While the rest of the village was abandoned two years ago, Shoukie remained adamantly, living like a ghost, with his dog and a dogged determination that homes are not for sale. With a final eviction notice from the mining company looming over their heads, Shoukie spends this final night contemplating Kheru’s death, hunger, and nostalgia.
Siddharth Tripathy graduated in cinematography from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata in 2000. Since then, he has been travelling across rural India, studying and documenting tribal cultures, agrarian lifestyles, and developmental interventions among them. His first collection of poetry in Hindi–Lautna (The Return)–was published in 2017. A Dog and His Man is his first feature narrative.