Independent filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar know for his critically acclaimed film ‘Unfreedom’ which was banned in India and later distributed worldwide by Netflix, has recently joined hands with Sudhir Mishra as an executive producer for his second movie ‘Brown’.
‘Brown’ is a heart-wrenching feature film shot in Butte, Montana, about a quiet immigrant being chased by ICE Agents (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) while trying to make a safe home with a young white orphan girl rescued from abuse. This time Kumar is addressing the stereotypes we have about Immigrants by giving a personal perspective of a displaced man’s options and choices. In a world where we are constantly told to create walls against outsiders his film, ‘Brown’ is an intimate film that shows us the human side of the immigration social debate.
While talking about the film, Raj Amit Kumar said, “In the current political climate where immigrants are seen as threats, and being stereotyped to be feared as criminals, rapists, child molesters etcetera, it is important to take on the challenge of a more human depiction of the experience of a contemporary immigrant. Fear is being mobilized politically to garner votes. An assumption has been made that votes can be collected by instilling fear against immigrants and with the promises of “building walls” against them. For me, ‘Brown’ is an extension of my goals as a filmmaker. It is a story relevant to today’s issues of immigration, drug epidemics, and minorities trying to make an honest living. ‘Brown’ is a thought-provoking social criticism meant to make us think about what and why we believe what we believe about the world around us.”
Sudhir Mishra on his association with the movie and with Raj Amit Kumar, said, “Raj is one of the very few interesting minds I have met in recent times and his film ‘Brown’ is a very thought-provoking as it highlights the real-time experiences of an immigrant, an outsider, which I believe is important aspect to be showcased via cinema. I also believe one should make a film that stems from within which will eventually be great piece of work. Kumar’s ‘Unfreedom’ was banned by the Indian government but went on to receive notoriety and critical acclaim from critics and festivals around the world and now ‘Brown’ is his second socially complicated story that strives to discuss another kind of human issue. Independent film making is very lonely, but I am glad to see directors like Raj and new generation joining the trend. It just ensures exposure to more exciting cinema.”
Kumar says that he wants to make films with people such as those, who appreciate cinema and who take risks and tell important stories in an engaging and engrossing style and thus to get this untold story out into the world, the team of the movie has started a fund-raising campaign which would further help the team with post-production work.