Cecilia

  • Pankaj Johar
  • India, Norway
  • 2015
  • 85 min
  • World Premiere
  • Panorama
Documentary maker Johar Pankaj from Delhi has a close bond with his 54-year-old housekeeper Cecilia. As the years have passed, she has become part of the family – she even joins them when they go on vacation. It comes as an immense shock when they hear that Cecilia's 14-year-old daughter has died in mysterious circumstances in the city. The police believe that this live-in maid for a wealthy family committed suicide, but no one can explain to Cecilia what might have driven her to do such a thing. Likewise, there is no answer to the question of why her daughter wasn’t simply at home in her village in northeastern India. Pankaj and his wife follow Cecilia and help her to find answers and justice. But her efforts seem doomed to fail in the face of complex family disputes, criminal gangs, corrupt police officers and a rotten judicial system. The human trafficker whom they believe is responsible is being protected – by officialdom and by Cecilia’s very own flesh-and-blood family. Continual threats and promises of large sums of hush money don’t make it any easier to get a grip on the situation – for either Cecilia or the filmmaker.

Credits

  • 85 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Hindi
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Pankaj Johar
Production
Pankaj Johar for Penny Wise Films
Executive producer
Iikka Vehkalahti
Co-production
Lightsource Film Productions
Cinematography
Pankaj Johar, Hirak Das, Vidhi Sharma, Nirmit Shahi, Hemant Gaba

IDFA history

2015
World Premiere
Panorama
2015
Supported with €17500 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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