BAGGAGE (GANTUMOOTE)

CANADIAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2018 • 114 MIN • DRAMAKANNADA, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Roopa Rao | scr.: Roopa Rao| cin.: Sahadev Kelvadi | ed.: Pradeep Nayak | snd: Shreyank Nanjappa, Suresh Bagli | mus.: Aparajith Sris | cast: Teju Belawadi, Nischith Korodi | prod.: Roopa Rao, Sahadev Kelvadi

ROOPA RAO

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 7:30 PM • SCREEN A

Bangalore, the 1990s. A 16‑year‑old girl struggles with understanding herself and the ever‑changing world around her. A simple yet intense high school drama, Baggage tells the story of her journey, from a world she imagines is just like the movies she loves so much, to the harsh reality

that actually unravels before her. Hers is ultimately a very relatable story, about a transcending first love wrapped in everything that makes up the life of a teenager — the pressure of studying, the anguish of childhood traumas,

the heavy toll of bullying, the competitiveness over school grades and love interests.

A global citizen, yet rooted to her small-town upbringing,

ROOPA RAO truly believes that storytelling is the only way to transmit what truly matters to humanity. An ex-IT professional with a Masters degree in Commerce and Finance, Roopa left IT to pursue her passion for filmmaking. An alumnus of the Asian Academy

of Film and Television, she co-directed Only Vishnuvardhana and Kuraiondrumillai in Kannada and Tamil as well as written, directed and produced a number of corporate works and short films. Her partially crowdfunded web series The “Other” Love Story, India’s first same-sex web series, not only won her international awards, but also obtained 60 million views on YouTube. The Week magazine honoured her as

one of their Women of the Year in 2016.