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Fireflies In The Abyss

Project information

Talent Shraddha Chauhan
Role of participant Sales Agent
Director Chandrasekhar Reddy
Producer Chandrasekhar Reddy
Screenwriter Chandrasekhar Reddy
Status finished

Production details

Running time 88 min
Genre Documentary (Hybrid)
Year of production 2015
Countries of Production India , United Kingdom
Production Company
Mayabazaar Production, Britdoc, IDFA Bertha Fund, Foundation Alter-Cine, World View
Website http://www.firefliesintheabyss.com/

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The ‘rat-hole’ mines in the Jaintia Hills of NorthEast India, are hostile pits where men and boys risk their lives everyday to scratch coal out of hard rock. Burrowing into narrow tunnels, they are armed with nothing more than a pickaxe and a torch. Each of them comes to the coalpit for different reasons. But once there, all of them are looking for a chance to breakout. Some are able to escape, most can’t. Even with the odds stacked against him, Suraj, an 11-year old boy, grapples his way out of this abyss to eventually put himself in school. The film follows Suraj and several other miners whose lives intertwine with his, to reveal lives under extraordinary circumstances and the brutal choices they are forced to resolve at every turn of their lives.

Participation in international festivals / awards

1. Busan International Film Festival: International Competition
2. JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
3. Hotdocs Documentary Film Festival