Vishwamitri VillasShort film
‘Vishwamitri Villas’ is an improvised short film, shot entirely on Zoom during the pandemic, at multiple locations in India & UK.
This black & white film explores a day in the life of young domestic help, their routines, challenges & relationships in an apartment complex called ‘Vishwamitri Villas’ in a city in India. Completely improvised & unscripted, the film has 16 young actors between 12 & 17 years of age, some of whom are deaf. Through a series of improvisations & conversations in spoken & sign language, the film reveals the experiences & struggles of domestic help.
‘Vishwamitri Villas’ unfolds as a poetic expression, capturing comfortable silences within a multitude of languages, moments of joy amidst the gloom, & the importance & warmth of human connections during these uncertain times. ‘Vishwamitri Villas’ is brought to life effortlessly by the cast of young actors, each unique in their own way, embodying the very essence of improvisation theatre.
Partial proceeds from the film will be given to support the educational initiatives of Akshar Trust (Centre for Children with deafness) in Vadodara, India.
Winner - Best Ensemble Cast Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival
Best of film - Finalist Alternative Film Festival (AltFF)
Official Selection FlickFair Film Festival
Official Selection Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival
Official Selection Alternative Film Festival (AltFF)
Official Selection ShockFest Film Festival
Official Selection LiftOff Global Network Film Festival
Official Selection Scarab Short Film Festivals
Kristine Landon-Smith, Students of Akshar Trust (Centre for Children with deafness) & Page to Stage
Charlotte Everest (UK)
Smruthi Krishnan (India)
English, Hindi, Gujarati,
Indian Sign Language
Ready for distribution
A collaboration between KLS & Associates, Akshar Trust (Centre for Children with deafness) & Page to Stage
Produced by 3 Peepul Productions LLP