Ek Jagah Apni (A Space of Our Own)
90 MINUTES | HINDI/ENGLISH | ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Poster, Trailer, Production and Film Stills of A Space of Our Own (Ek Jagah Apni).
Laila and Roshni are looking for a house after they are evicted from the place they rented. It soon becomes evident that their search for a home is also their ongoing search for a place in this society that wants to keep them away in a section that can not be the centre. They have a friend in Sharukh but many of their other interactions don’t turn out as expected. Laila is torn between being true to herself and preserving links with the family she was born into. Meanwhile, Roshni treads a fine line between concealing her identity and living the life she wants but it is not without its dangers. As the search for a home continues, we realise it transcends physical spaces and biological bonds. New friendships blossom and help comes from unexpected quarters.
The film, A Space of Our Own (Ek Jagah Apni) is set in the city of Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh, India) in the present day. It offers a glimpse into the lives of the transgender community in the city. Following the two protagonists’ lives, as they search for a house to rent, the film also shows the challenges they face in their daily lives, whether it is their workspace or other interactions. The prejudices of the wider society when it comes to transgender people and the stereotypes that need to be overcome, the lack of understanding about their situation and the discrimination, exploitation and oppression they face throughout their lives are reflected. At the same time, their courage, resilience and humanity shines through the difficulties they face.
The film introduces many first time actors who play characters close to their lives, which also shapes the story and brings in an authenticity that blends fiction and reality.
About the filmmakers
Ektara Collective is a film making collective that comprises of people from diverse backgrounds and identities who come together and collaborate to make independent cinema that is located in our realities and experiences. We are based in Bhopal, India. Our earlier films have been Chanda Ke Joote (2011), Jaadui Machchhi (2013), Turup (2017), and Hotel Raahgir (2020).
Cast | Manisha Soni (Avni), Muskan, Aakash Jamra, Mahima Singh, Tanveer Ahmed, Paritosh, Abdul Haq, Suman, Sudipta Shrivastava, Subham Soldier, Shivani Baj
Direction | Ektara Collective
Script | Rinchin, Maheen Mirza with Muskaan and Avni
Cinematography | Maheen Mirza
Assistance | Narendra Pardhi, Pooja Sahu
Lights | Akash Yadav, Pallav Thudgar, Raj Rakesh
Assistance | Savni, Jheenu Pawar, Kuldish
Editor | Paramita Ghosh
Sound design | Bignya Dahal
Sound production | Ajyan Adat, Priyanka Gaikwad
Location Sound | Sushil, Priyanka, Pushpa, Priyanshu
Art | Kanak Sashi, Madhu Dhurve
Production | Hassath, Sushil , Geeta Dhurve
Songs | Sheetal Sathe, Devnarayan Saroliya, Anubhuti Sharma, Madhu Dhurve, Priyanka Gaikwad, Sashikala Nananware, Madhu Dhurve
International Premiere: 35th Tokyo International Film Festival
Work-in-Progress Lab section of National Film Development Corporation's (NFDC), Film Bazaar of 2021
Cannes Market: NFDC
Kochi-Muziris, Biennale, 2022
27th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), 2022
FFSI KR Mohanan Award – Certificate of Merit
Jury Special Mention, International Competition: Manisha Soni and Muskan