Kuhkhal (1998)

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Directed by an internationally acclaimed director from the Assam region of India, this film deals with the country's history just before its independence. The protagonist, Kuhkhal, is the leader of freedom fighters, who have just sabotaged a railway line. Although he is innocent of the crime, he is guilty by association. The British want to teach a lesson to the people by executing Kuhkhal. There is a mock trial. Kuhkhal has to admit that he is morally responsible for not stopping the others from committing the crime. Kuhkhal narrates a segment of history without a distinguished cinematic language, and the result is more like a history lesson than a feature film. The film was screened at the 4th International Film Festival of Kerala, 1999.

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Britain, criminal, freedom, freedom-fighter, guilt, history, leader, Native-American, railroad, trial [courtroom]