Kannada filmmaker Priya Belliappa’s latest offering, the short film Frayed Lines, which touches upon subjects of the plight of migrant workers in the Kodagu region who come every year from regions like Assam during the coffee season, their issues with citizenship and sense of belonging, the contentious NRC bill, unemployment and more, has been doing the rounds of film festivals around the globe. Earlier this year, the film, which has Geethanjali Thapa and Avinash Chengappa in lead roles, won in the Kannada competition section of the Bengaluru international short film festival, which it has now followed up with a big win for Priya.
At the Spain Moving Images Festival 2020, Priya was adjudged Best Female Director for Frayed Lines. She took to social media to announce the same. “Yay! We won Best Female Director at Spain Moving Images Festival 2020 – SMIF,” wrote Priya, who intends to make Frayed Lines into a full length feature film at some point. “Yes, I want to make Frayed Lines as a full-length film, but I will have to wait for the coffee season, because it is based on that backdrop. The film is a subtle conversation on many levels about various subjects. It is in two languages with two people who don’t speak the same language, who come together in the midst of a coffee plantation. They don’t really understand the languages, but there is a conversation. I wanted to convey that in India, where we are multilingual, but we only make single-language films, and I think that is not the reality of our country. The reality is that every other hour you meet someone who speaks a different language and that is not a part of our cinema. That was one of my starting points,” she explains.