The year has been terrific for short films and independent ventures. First, accolades poured in for Anurag Kashyap’s The Lunchbox, and The Good Road, India’s official entry for the Oscars, raked in acclaim after the announcement. And now Shubhashish Bhutiani ‘s short film Kush, that deals with the sensitive topic of Sikh racism, will be one of the 10 films that will be reviewed by Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members. The members will then select three to five nominees among them. If selected, the film will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards.
The Red Carpet Moving Pictures’s project, has, as its backdrop the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. It speaks about a personal journey of a teacher who on her way back from a field trip with her students, has to protect a ten-year-old, the only Sikh student, from growing anti-Sikh violence surrounding them. The film had won an award won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film at the 70th Venice International Film Festival 2013 and jury prize at Hamptons International Film Festival.
Check out the trailer here!