About the Film
One village, 240 people, 60 families, that have never seen a movie in a theatre is making a film. They are not professional actors, but they live their life in front of our camera, captured in frames that make a great story!
Several years ago, the political system relocated the “Jenu Kurubas” from a National Reserve Forest in a bid to conserve tigers, but till date, they find it difficult to adapt to their new environment. Jenu in Kannada means Honey and Kuruba is Shepherd, as their name reveals, they are one of the indigenous Adivasis (Tribe) in Karnataka. They have kept their culture and traditions alive, distancing themselves from the ways of the Urban life. The movie will cover a dialect that is on the verge of extinction and also features the oldest member of the clan, he’s 130 years old!
‘Utthama Kannadi,’ portrays the journey of Rudra who travels to the bustling city in search of his missing son where he comes across its cold-hearted people that highly contrast the warmth and innocence of his village.
We, as young filmmakers believe that movies aren’t just for entertainment, instead they are an outlet for people to “witness” and “preserve” life. This movie is an attempt to help the Kuruba community build an income generating centre in the village premises along with volunteers and support from “The Community for Sustainable Livelihood.”
All the monetary gains generated from this movie will be utilized for building a community centre and creating income generating activities for the community.
Sooraj PuthiyedamCinematography & Direction
Denzil RitheshAssociate Director
Madhu KumarProduction Designer
Arwin DemizArt Director
Arun GopinathAreal Cinematography
Sharat NanjappaAssociate Camera
Harshith SaiLine Producer
Harilal MallisseriCreative Director
Justin MathewCreative Director