Sohrab Hura

The Coast
India 2020

14.06.2021 21:30 OV Atelier Gardens Freiluftkino @ BUFA
18.06.2021 21:30 OV silent green

17 min. Without dialogue.

We had been preparing for this moment since we were young boys. The other men in the water beside me had now started to scream in anticipation. I started to feel the shifting sand beneath my feet and, egged on by the voices behind us, we started to wade further into the deep, shoulder first, to break that impending wall of water. Startled by an excited howl I had looked over my shoulder and found the remains of a skeleton, that by now had had the flesh entirely washed off its bones, bracing itself for its last clash with the waves. I felt the pull of currents swirl and grab on to my ankles as I listened to the rising growl of what was lurking ahead. The men beside me had disappeared and as I stood alone looking up at the shadow swallowing me, I could swear I felt sweat run down my leg beneath the waters. Darkness. In the dark of the night during religious festivities in a village in South India, the margin between land and water becomes a point of release beyond which characters experience fear, surprise, anger, sadness, trust, anticipation, excitement, contempt, but also rapture as they wash off their masquerade. (Sohrab Hura)

Sohrab Hura is an artist and filmmaker living and working in New Delhi. While the core of his work lies in photographs, he tries to break that form regularly and extend it into film, text, and sound. Under his self-publishing imprint UGLY DOG Sohrab Hura has published five books and in 2019 he won the Aperture – Paris Photo Photobook Of The Year Award for his book “The Coast”. His films have been presented internationally at film festivals. His films have won awards at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and Videonale Bonn.

Production Sohrab Hura. Production company Sohrab Hura (Delhi, India). Written and directed by Sohrab Hura. Cinematography, Editing Sohrab Hura. Music Hannes d'Hoine. Sound design, Sound Sohrab Hura. Assistant director J. Ajay Kumar.

Films

2010: Pati. 2017: The Lost Head & The Bird. 2019: Bittersweet. 2020: The Coast.

Photo: © Sohrab Hura