Moyna Tadanta (1981)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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Director Utpalendu Chakraborti calls on his own experience with tribal people in Bengal in northeast India to capture the pathos of their marginal existence. The story centers on a young man arrested while in a federally-owned forest, and then freed by a local landlord who gives him a job. One day the landlord requires the young man to attack the tribal people who are surreptitiously using the land that he leases in the government's forest. The man refuses, and after a stint in prison, returns to his mother's home, weak and malnourished. It seems the fight for human rights has been more than he alone can handle, and his mother weeps over his condition as the story nears its close.



imprisonment, landlord, one-against-odds, poverty