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Winner: Best Indian Feature Film

“Villagers have a saying that the dead come back to visit the living. Now those of us who remain have only these ghosts for company.”

Semla, is a ghost village in the Himalayan foothills.The 50 families that once lived in the village, have migrated to the city, leaving behind 7 people. With this migration, livelihood connected to the terrain and seasons have slowly faded.

Like her village, Leela is old, resilient and forgotten. Despite loneliness and struggles with an aging body, Leela doesn’t want to leave for the city. Golu is the only young person in the village. She is desperate to escape to the city but doesn’t have the means. Dreaming for a different life, Golu roams around the abandoned village.

As the film progresses, the two women face the invisible but palpable forces of migration. Their emotional journey changes their relationship with the place they call “Home”. As time crawls by, a way of life struggles to stay relevant. In this fragile existence, ‘Ek Tha Gaon’ explores life in a dying village where a haunting absence lingers.

  • Year
  • Runtime
  • Language
    Garhwali, Hindi
  • Country
  • Premiere
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Srishti Lakhera
  • Screenwriter
    Srishti Lakhera, Bhamati Sivapalan
  • Producer
    Srishti Lakhera, Bhamati Sivapalan
  • Executive Producer
    Rajat Sothi
  • Co-Producer
  • Filmmaker
  • Cast
    Leela devi, Golu
  • Cinematographer
    Amith Surendran, Kai Tillman
  • Editor
    Jayesh Shikarkhane, Vasudevan Kothandath
  • Animator
    Pooja Gupta
  • Production Design
  • Composer
    Kabeer Kathpalia, Savera Mehta
  • Sound Design
    Dharmesh Vora, Rajesh Joshi
  • Music
    Kabeer Kathpalia, Savera Mehta