ONAATAH OF THE EARTH

Based on a national award winning film Is there justice outside courtrooms for a rape victim? The law might take its own course, but what does a woman do when the society shuts its door on her? Onaatah, a young victim of sexual assault, is shattered from inside. Shunned and shamed by the society, including the man she loved, she sees a very long and hopeless road ahead of her. When almost on the brink of giving up, she makes a journey, in search of hope, to discover her purpose in life. Along the way, she explores diversity of relationships and realises love has a vast and varied meaning. Does she find what she is looking for? Does she remain a victim or emerge as a survivor? Awards - Best Khasi Film at 63rd National Film Awards Best Film (North East), Best Director (North East), Best Actor—Female (North East) at Prag Cine award

Reviews

“On hearing the synopsis of the subject matter, I was initially expecting a depressing, heavy going movie. To our great delight, it turned out to be funny, loveable and we were left with a feeling of innocent joy, despite its backdrop of realistic trauma.”

- Neil Nongkynrih
Padma Shri, Founder of Shillong Chamber Choir

 

“An impressive work on a very difficult subject. Humanity, hope and humour deftly woven. Wonderful actors. Care, hardwork, dedication and a great promise of such films from the director and team are palpable. Personally very happy to see such films from our region.”

- Aribam Syam Sharma
Golden Montgolfiere, Padma Shri, V. Shantaram Lifetime
Achievement Award, Kamal Kumari National Award,
Jewel of Manipuri Cinema

 

“I must say that all of us were very taken up with this film (Onaatah). It’s a very admirable effort, and the way it has been dealt with, very sensitively and very nicely. It is indeed one of the nicest films I have seen.”

- Ramesh Sippy
Chairperson of jury for Feature category of NFA,
Padma Shri, IIFA Award for Outstanding Contribution to
Indian Cinema (Male), Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years