Marching in the DarkKinshuk Surjan

In rural areas of India, the suicide rate among farmers is high. A group of women farmers who have recently lost their husbands decide to meet with a local psychologist and activist to share their stories and problems and help others in their grief. Through that act of quiet rebellion against a patriarchal society, 28-year-old introverted Sanjeevani finds the courage to be self-reliant. A haunting story of resilient women.

Against the background of rising suicide rates among farmers in India, young widow Sanjeevani discovers strength, joy and companionship in a group of resilient women who share in her loss. During sessions with a local psychologist, she gives her grief a place, breaks social taboos and strives for financial independence and a better future for her children. Despite new suicides in her community, she draws strength in facing her grief and helping other women in a highly patriarchal society.
The screening will be followed by an aftertalk with the film maker Kinshuk Surjan and lead character Sanjeevani Bhure.

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DOCVILLE presents the best Belgian documentaries of the past year in a very varied selection: compelling stories about people who live for their passion, whether it be cycling, circuit riding or mermaids, but also socially probing stories about illegal adoption, the dangers of criticism under Putin, the link between jazz and decolonization or the abominable conditions in Vorst prison. Finally, there are also films with a more philosophical angle on the transience of the human body or the impact of imaging. The best film may call itself the winner of the Jury Prize for Best Belgian Documentary.

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This screening is followed by an Q&A with the director


Directed by Kinshuk Surjan
2024 108 min.
Subtitles: Dutch, English


Belgian selection


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