Director: Swarnavel Eswaran Starring: Mysskin, Anusha Prabhu, Preeti Karan Run time: 73 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A Language: Tamil with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India
Part of an emerging queer cinema from South India Kattumaram tells of patriarch Singaram and his orphaned niece Anan, fisher-folk survivors of the Tsunami. Beautiful Anan teaches in the local school and has many fishermen interested in her, but Anan instead secretly falls for a new female supply teacher. As Singaram finds out and tries to come to terms with this revelation, gossip about the young women’s relationship quickly spreads. Singaram is left facing the choice of either defending his beloved niece and her partner, or giving sway to the demands of an angry community.
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Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, at Pune, the premier Film School in Asia. He is an accomplished short filmmaker, whose award winning documentaries include Thangam, The Indian National Army, Villu (The Bow) and Quagmire.
Dr. Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is also an assistant professor at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in Film Studies from the prestigious University of Iowa in May 2010, and his dissertation, “Tamil Cinema and the Major Madras Studios (1940-57),” traces the genealogy of Tamil cinema and the sources of its origins. His research areas include the history, theory, and production of documentaries, and the specificity of Tamil cinema, and its complex relationship with Hollywood as well as popular Hindi films