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Damned RainGabricha Paus: The Damned Rain
Satish Manwar, 2008, India, Marathi, 35mm, 100min

Co-sponsored by: AID Seattle and PPI

Everyday, farmers in the Vidarbha village in Maharashtra commit suicide as their lands stay parched and their debts accumulate. Alka, a young mother, is worried and keeps a watchful eye on her husband with the help of her mother-in-law and her 6-year-old son. She sends her son to tag along with him every waking hour and to report back to her. Irritated by his wife’s concerns, Kisna keeps his plans a secret. With newly found enthusiasm he plots new ways to save his field and his crops. To keep his spirits up, his wife regularly makes special treats even though it is beyond their means. This tug-of-war between happiness and sorrow only makes him all the more determined not to succumb to the tragic fate of other farmers.

Having grown up in the area, director-writer Satish Manwar has had first hand experience of the farmers’ situation. His sensitivity to their predicament is evident throughout his debut feature film. Brilliantly acted by the lead actors Girish Kulkarni and Sonali Kulkarni, THE DAMNED RAIN brings to light a much needed awareness of this epidemic. 

Director: Satish Manwar


Print Source
Prashant Pethe
Pacific Entertainment
A-1, 30, Suryaprabha Gardens, Bibwewadi Kondhwa Roadm Bibewewadi
Pune, MH 411 037

Phone: +91 98 22397609
Email: prashant_pethe@hotmail.com
Website: www.thedamnedrain.com


Sri Lanka

Co-sponsored by:KBCS

Laya Project

Laya Project is a Tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. It is a documentary about the lives and music culture of coastal and surrouncidng communities in the 2004 tsunami-affected regions of Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar and India. Laya Project is a visual journey documenting folk music recorded and filmed on location.

In Person: Dr. B.J. Prashantham,
a consulting psychologist from India, is a well-known international expert in multi-cultural communication and organizational development. Dr. Prashantham has consulted for various local companies and cities, including Microsoft, Boeing, King County, and the City of Bellevue.  In India, he is the Executive Director of the Christian Counseling Center in Vellore, India.  Dr. Prashantham has organized mental health trauma recovery efforts on a variety of fronts, including Southern India and Sri Lanka after the Tsunami.  In Seattle, he is a founding board member of Global Trauma Interventions, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to relieving suffering and increasing the self-help capacity of communities in Asia for disaster recovery.  He is adjunct faculty or taught classes at several universities, including  two in Seattle.

Website Link:http://www.layaproject.com/layaproject/index.html

Executive Producer: Sastry Karra

Producers: Sonya Mazumdar and Joanne de Rozario

Film Director: Harold Monfils

Music Director: Patrick Sebag

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1k61VMGv_M

Director Bio: Harold Monfils
Born in Portugal, Dutch passport, learnt English in Taiwan and grew up in Mexico where he joined the kind and supportive world of Advertising in 1987 serving coffee at an International agency. Attended London Film School, got cold moving to the Caribbean where he learned to Salsa and started Directing. Monfils is a highly accomplished film professional who has done every single job on a film set. Able to produce stunning film productions through engaging harmoniously with heterogeneous film crews from diverse cultures. Traveling 34 countries for the simple love of discovery. Directed the Internationally acclaimed feature documentary, Laya Project. He is a people director while he shoots other stuff too. He claims he still makes great coffee.