Green Blackberries: when basic rights get sparse

Foysal Mahmud Niloy

Education is something that seems easily accessible and available to us. We know it is one of our fundamental rights. Nevertheless, there are a lot of places in the world where attaining this basic human right is scarce and hard to attain. We can’t even comprehend how difficult it can be to obtain something that seems trivial to us. That is where Green Blackberries comes in to discern us about this issue.

Green Blackberries is a 63 minute Drama/Social movie that follows two sisters in a remote village in North East India, directed by Prithviraj Das Gupta which premiered at Dharmasala International Film Festival. He got the inspiration to make this movie when he traveled to some of the Northernmost remote villages in India and saw kids as young as 3 traveling a long way to attend school, which are meager in those areas.

As we follow two of the sisters from the start of the movie, we can see Nishu, the younger and smarter sister, wanting to attain the national scholarship because that is the only way for her to attain higher education. Her sister, the teacher, her parents, and neighbors all have confidence in her to obtain that scholarship. Yet we also see the perilous journey both sisters have to make to travel to their school. The amount of obstacles they have to clear to get to their school is something we can’t even comprehend in our regular life. We also see how compact and insufficient the resources in these schools are and how even the most trivial thing can disrupt the flow of education there. The movie beautifully showcases the relationship between the sisters as well. How Nishu tries to help out and bring her older sister along with her in the cities and how Nima encourages her sister to strive for the best. We can see the wonder and dreams spark up Nishus eyes when her sister talks about the city. We also see how easily those dreams can succumb to people living in these remote areas.

One of the most enticing things about this movie is the cinematography. The movie managed to capture all the immaculate colors of the hilly terrains and the inner beauty of the countryside. The movie is very abstractly shot as well. Hence, it gives off a very rustic charm that big-budget films cannot authentically capture. The movie and the director’s effort to give the viewers the gist of the hurdles these kids from rural and remote areas have to jump over to gain education is clear and concise. Green Blackberries is certainly a movie you should consider checking out if you have an hour to spare. 

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