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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019


Fortnight 1982, Feature film,


India is basically an agricultural country. The character of this vastly populated agrarian sector is complex. Many castes creeds and religions, lopsided agrarian growth, long lasting feudalism, the direct and indirect results of colonial rule; In DAKHAL, we find contradictions between the nomadic  » crow hunters », and the regular peasants and how this conflict is being used by a privileged class of people to achieve their own ends.
Women are oppressed of the oppressed in our society; In a feudal sense, they are property, in abourgeois sense, they are product. In this semi-feudal set-up they are deprived of all kinds of freedom-political, economical, and social. Men take advantage of their economic backwardness and treat them according to their own convenience.
In the film, a widow is fighting for social justice, for her land and children against all odds. DAKHAL means acquisition or occupation. The film talks about legitimate and illegal occupation.


Goutam Ghose

He graduated in Calcutta, he started his carreer in theater. He sometimes was a photojournalist and made documentaries. His documentary and fictional work was many awarded all over the world. His film Dakhal was shown at The Directors’ Fortnight in 1982. Le Batelier de Padma is his fifth feature film: he was best director of the year in 1993 in India.

Title in Original Version : L'occupante Evincée