Mumbai, June 10 (IANS) Chandrasekhar Reddy’s directorial docu-feature “Fireflies in the Abyss”, about children working in coal mines, will be released in India on July 1 by Drishyam Films.
The docu-feature, which has been shown across various film festivals, talks about children especially working in coal mines in the Jaintia Hills of Northeast India.
The 88-minute feature captures the dream of an 11-year-old boy who attempts to fight his way out of the rat-hole of coal mines, to put himself in school. It features Nishant Rai, Raj Rai and Suraj Subba.
“After travelling the world and screening at some of the most prestigious film festivals, I have become certain of one thing – every kind of audience responds to the film with tremendous emotion and enthusiasm.
“This is what has given me the confidence to reach out to a wider Indian audience. To have the support and expertise of Drishyam Films in this effort, I believe, gives the film the best possible chance to succeed,” Reddy said in a statement.
Shiladitya Bora, CEO, Drishyam Films, said that “documentaries as a cultural medium hasn’t been fully explored in India.”
“We at Drishyam want to make it a sustainable endeavour. Fireflies in the Abyss is a powerful and award-winning film, navigating a difficult subject matter with a light touch, and we are sure it will make its mark on the silver screen,” Bora said.
“Fireflies in the Abyss” had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival last year and the India premiere at the Mumbai International Film Festival this year, winning the Golden Conch award for Best Documentary Feature Film and the Best Cinematography in the National Competition category.
It was also a part of the market section of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.