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JOSEPH'S SON
Joseph's Son Poster

Director -  Haobam Paban Kumar 


Duration - 85 minutes


Language -  Manipuri

Producer - NFDC, Mumbai & Oli Pictures

Screenplay - Haobam Paban Kumar & Sudhir Naoroibam

Cinematography - Joydeep Bose

Editing - Sankha

Sound - Sukanta Majumdar

Cast - Rewben Mashangva

Joseph, a musician, takes a road trip.

This time, however, it is to look for his missing son.

SYNOPSIS

 

David, a passionate footballer, has not come home. His mother persuades Joseph, his father, to go and look for him.  After no luck with David’s friends, Joseph goes to the police. The body of a teenage boy lies in the morgue in Imphal, and they tell him the only way to know whether it is or isn’t David, is to go there to see for himself.  Reluctantly he sets out on the long journey and as he travels, his fear grows deeper: a fear born of constant conflict - past and present – to which a personalDavid, a passionate footballer, has not come home. His mother persuades Joseph, his father, to go and look for him.  After no luck with David’s friends, Joseph goes to the police. The body of a teenage boy lies in the morgue in Imphal, and they tell him the only way to know whether it is or isn’t David, is to go there to see for himself.  Reluctantly he sets out on the long journey and as he travels, his fear grows deeper: a fear born of constant conflict - past and present – to which a personal fear is added. fear is added.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

 

As a storyteller, it’s very important that my films reflect my contemporary realities. My birth place Manipur is home to more than 35 different communities, each with its unique language, culture and traditions. Today there is huge unrest in Manipur between the various ethnic groups fighting for their identity, land and forests. This is a story about the fear and uncertainty of people living in places torn by decades of insurgency and ethnic division.

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DIRECTOR

Haobam Paban Kumar

Haobam Paban Kumar

Haobam Paban Kumar is a prominent voice emitting out of the restive north eastern state of Manipur, India dabbling in both non-fiction and fiction storytelling. His film AFSPA 1958 was awarded the Golden Lotus for the Best Documentary at the 56th National Film Awards 2008. A CRY IN THE DARK is another film screened at the 31st Toronto Film Festival 2006 and MOMA New York 2007. After nearly a decade of documentary filmmaking, he made his critically acclaimed feature film Loktak Lairembee which featured at 67th Berlin Film Festival 2017. Till date his films have been bestowed with 8 National Film Awards, 7 Indian Panorama selections and numerous international awards.

FILMOGRAPHY:

Joseph’s Son/ 2023/ Fiction Feature/ 85 min

Nine Hills One Valley/ 2020/ Fiction Feature/ 75 min

Pabung Syam/ 2020/ Non-Fiction/ 52 min

Loktak Lairembee/ 2016/ Fiction Feature/ 72 min

Phum Shang/ 2014/ Non-Fiction/ 52 min

Mr India/ 2009/ Non-Fiction/ 47 min

The First Leap/ 2008/ Non-Fiction/ 25 min

Ngaihak Lambida/ 2006/ Short Fiction/ 19 min

A Cry in the Dark/ 2006/ Non-Fiction/ 52 min

AFSPA 1958/ 2005/ Non-Fiction/ 77 min

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