Against the Tide
Director Sarvnik Kaur and Producer Koval Bhatia
As the Arabian Sea’s fish population dwindles, two fishermen from Mumbai’s Koli community endeavor to change their fortunes. United by a shared ambition, their friendship is tested when each man chooses different technology. While Rakesh adheres to ancient practices handed down through generations of ancestors, Ganesh seeks modern methods that in the short-term promise a bigger catch but contribute to overfishing, dooming both men’s long-term prospects. Ultimately powerless against the raging waters and growing mountains of debt, Rakesh and Ganesh sway along the waves of life, trying their best to keep their heads above the water that threatens to engulf them. Bookending it all, amidst centuries-old songs of valor and courage, is the customary hum of fishing boats and their promise of hope. Against the Tide won a special jury prize for vérité filmmaking at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is an SFFILM Documentary Film Fund recipient.
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Sarvnik Kaur received an MA in Mass Communications and Film from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi. The documentary filmmaker and writer made her feature directing debut in 2015 with A Ballad of Maladies, winning the Silver Lotus Award for best first feature at India’s National Film Awards. Her second feature, Against the Tide, won a special jury prize for vérité filmmaking at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is an SFFILM Documentary Film Fund recipient.
Language Hindi, Koli, Marathi
Director Sarvnik Kaur
Executive Producer Russell Long
Producer Koval Bhatia, Sarvnik Kaur
Editor Atanas Georgiev, Blagoja Nedelkovski
Cinematographer Ashok Meena
Music Igor Vasilev Novogradska
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