Compelled by the exigencies of poor economic life and caste-identity, Amitabh, a young law graduate, becomes a manual scavenger. One day, to earn some extra money to support his family, he decides to get inside a large unsafe sewer to clear a blockage. He neither has protective gear, nor the accompanying engineer to check for poisonous gases. Will Amitabh come out safely?

Official Website:    |    @IMDb: Manhole (Short 2021)

The short film was adjudged as one of the runners-up in the Unreal Shorts India Program 2021

The short film is in 

  • Official Selection at the 61st Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2022, France (Link | Interview)
  • Official Selection at the 14th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2022 (Link)
  • Official Selection at the 18th Seoul Independent Animation Film Festival, 2022, South Korea (Link | Interview)
  • Official Selection at the 16th International Big Animation Festival (BFM), 2022, Moscow, Russia (Link)
  • Official Selection at the 12th International Animation Festival of Pernambuco, 2022, Brazil (Link)

The production of the film was supported by Epic Games. The next phase of this project will be a real-time VR film experience.


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