Short Film / 30”/ Beta/ English, Hindi and Konkani/ English subtitles
Colours Black is about memories that fall outside the framing of a picture perfect family - like sexual abuse in childhood by family members.
The film is structured around four narratives from children’s point of view drawing attention to their means of communication like rhyme, toys, games, fantasy and bedtime stories which are often important clues to understanding their world. These stories are fragmented by adults’ accounts of growing up with sexual abuse. The persistent and obfuscatory nature of memories is mirrored by the overlaps of children and adults’ expressions as also of fiction and non-fiction elements. Painful memories are blunt, fuzzy and sharp in turns.
Recorded across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Goa, the film sets the background as middle and upper class households. It is a telling critique of the idea of a perfect family being sustained at the expense of its children’s well being. It also draws attention to the varied ways of articulation employed by children to break the myth of `privileged language'.
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