May

Drawing a Line

Sama Pana

Portrait of young Indian cartoonist Rachita Taneja, who counters persecution and censorship with humour and honesty. Amid an increasing government crackdown on freedom of speech, she takes on the Hindu-nationalist ideology promoted by the Modi government. Partly animated by Rachita in her minimal, deceptively simple style.  

‘You’ll have to send a copy of this script to my lawyer,’ Rachita Taneja tells the filmmaker at the start of Drawing a Line. The reason: Rachita is facing legal problems because of cartoons she made about the Supreme Court. It caused her to be charged with ‘contempt of court’, for which she could go to prison. Her lawyer advises her strongly that these cartoons should not be shown, or their contents discussed, in the film. ‘It’s just stick figures,’ she wonders. ‘How is the highest court in the largest democracy in the world talking about my stick figures?’ 

Rachita’s Sanitary Panels is a popular cartoon series known for its sharp socio-political commentary, and it has captivated young, liberal Indians. While waiting for the outcome of the court case, Rachita seeks guidance and support from like-minded individuals dedicated to amplifying their voices. The film explores Rachita’s inner world and her creative expression, depicting a dystopian narrative where freedom of speech rapidly erodes. 

Credits

Director
Sama Pana
Type
Documentary
Country
India
Year
2023
Duration
73 minutes
Spoken language
English
Subtitles
EN
*Theatres with an in-depth programme in English.

Theatres, dates en times

Alkmaar
Tue 14 May in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Amersfoort
Mon 13 May in De Lieve Vrouw
Amsterdam
Sun 19 May in Kriterion*
Amsterdam
Tue 28 May in Rialto VU*
Apeldoorn
Tue 14 May in Gigant
Arnhem
Wed 22 May in Focus Filmtheater
Breda
in Filmhuis Breda
Delft
Thu 16 May at 19:30 in Filmhuis Lumen*
Den Haag
in Filmhuis Den Haag*
Deventer
in MIMIK
Gouda
Tue 28 May in Filmhuis Gouda
Groningen
Tue 14 May in VERA Zienema*
Hilversum
in Filmtheater Hilversum
Leiden
Mon 13 May at 19:00 in Kijkhuis*
Middelburg
Mon 6 May in Cinema Middelburg*
Schiedam
Tue 21 May in Wenneker Cinema
Utrecht
Mon 13 May at 19:00 in Louis Hartlooper Complex*
Wageningen
Tue 21 May in Movie W*