A rifle and a bag

Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe, Cristina Haneș, India, Romania, Italy, Qatar, 2020

89 minutes, Gondi, Madiya, Hindi with English subtitles

Algeria in the late 1980s, during a period of intense violence, a Bollywood movie has become an unexpected sensation all over the country. Following the nostalgia of this love story coming from far away, “Janitou” explores what love means in today’s Algerian society and detangles with tenderness and seriousness the emotional identity of a traumatized generation.

DIRECTORS' BIOGRAPHIES

Isabella Rinaldi is an independent filmmaker from Rome, Italy and co-founder of NoCut Film Collective. Her debut feature length documentary film A Rifle and a Bag (2020, 89 mins, India, Romania, Italy, Qatar) won the Special Mention of the Jury at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Bright Future Competition, where it world premiered. She graduated the DocNomads Master Course after getting her Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies at Sapienza University of Rome. She directed and produced several short films, screened at international festivals, and a video installation for the MAO Museum of Ljubljana.

Arya Rothe is an independent filmmaker from Pune, India and co-founder of NoCut Film Collective. Her debut feature length documentary film A Rifle and a Bag (2020, 89 mins, India, Romania, Italy, Qatar) won the Special Mention of the Jury at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Bright Future Competition where it world premiered. Her short documentary film Casa da Quina (2015) had its World Premiere at DocLisboa, and won the Special Mention Jury Award at the International Film Festival FILMADRID in Spain. Before DocNomads, she studied at FAMU -– the National Film School of the Czech Republic.

Cristina Hanes is a Romanian director and producer. She co-founded NoCut Film Collective in 2016. Her debut feature length documentary A Rifle and a Bag (2020, 89 mins, India, Romania, Italy, Qatar) won the Special Mention of the Jury at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Bright Future Competition. Cristina’s short documentary film António e Catarina (2017, 40 mins, Portugal) won the Pardino D’oro Award for Best International Short in Pardi di Domani at the 2017 Locarno Festival and was screened at over 25 film festivals globally. She is an alumnus of DocNomads MA and Aristoteles Workshop.

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