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Kidnapping drama Prisoners, starring
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal,
has topped the US box office in its open-
The thriller about two young girls who
are abducted, took US$21.4 million.
Its release continues the shift away
from summer blockbusters to the films
hoping for Oscar success next March.
Last week s number one, horror movie
Insidious: Chapter 2, slipped to two,
while Robert DeNiro s mafia comedy The
Family was in third.
The film, which co-stars Michelle
Pfeiffer as part of a family relocated to
France under the witness protection pro-
gramme, took US$7 million.
The Insidious horror franchise sees
Patrick Wilson as a husband and father
to a young son who attracts ghosts and
demons. It made US$14.5 million over
the weekend. Mexican comedy-drama
Instructions Not Included was at number
four, making US$5.7 million, while Chris
Brown dance movie Battle of the Year
rounded out the top five, taking US$5
Directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve,
Prisoners sees Jackman as a father who
takes matters into his own hands when
his daughter and her friend go missing.
Jackman film Prisoners tops US box office
Directed by Jayan Cher-
ian, Papilio Buddha
guts the lives of the
Dalits in the state of Kerala in
southern India. In the traditional
Indian caste system, a Dalit is a
member of the lowest caste, the
Based on true events, Papilio
Buddha is a drama that unapolo-
getically showcases the reality of
their lives and the violence that
they suffer as they seek to chal-
lenge the upper-caste landlords
and political entities for their
rights. Displaced by the govern-
ment and forced into a caustic
land battle that defines their exis-
tence, these Dalits seek out sur-
vival in the breathtaking Western
Ghats of the country.
The film was denied censor
certification by India s Central
Board of Film Certification
(CBFC) and was also denied entry
into the International Film Festival
of Kerala. After several cuts to
the film, Cherian was able to
finally show his work.
Papilio Buddha won the Kerala
State Film Special Jury Award for
Best Direction, the Kerala Film
Critics Association Award for Best
Debut Director, and Second Best
Feature Narrative at the Athens
International Film & Video Fes-
tival. It also screened at the Lon-
don Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
and the Montreal Film Festival.
The T&T Film Festival spoke
with the New York-based Cher-
ian about his film before he
arrived in Trinidad for the film s
Caribbean debut on September
19 at the TTFF.
What was your inspiration for
the film and why did you
decide to do it?
Identity is a common theme
in my work. My last film was
about gender and sexual and
racial identities. I spent the earlier
part of my life in India. One of
the problems in identity in India
is caste, which is very different
from other identities. It is a form
of racism and it has multiple
implications, being born into a
I come from a state called Ker-
ala in southern India where com-
paratively it is considered a pro-
gressive state and it has always
had a socialist or radical govern-
However, the caste system still
prevails there and the untouch-
ables, the Dalits, the indigenous
people, are displaced.
Most of them are homeless and
landless people and they are
always excluded from the main-
stream discourse of development.
This time it is changing and
the authentic leaders of the
untouchable castes are leading
their own struggle. There is one
movement right now that is lead-
ing several land struggles, dis-
placement of peoples, squatting
on government and corporate
land and refusing to go out.
These movements are being
called terrorist groups by the dra-
conian government in order to
In Kerala right now, the
untouchable people are renounc-
ing Hinduism and taking Bud-
dhism. In this area there is a par-
ticular group that is an
This background character is
paramount when looking at
the historical structure of the
film. Who is Dr Ambedkar?
Dr Ambedkar was a prominent
untouchable leader in colonial
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A poster for the movie Papilio Buddha.
Indian director Jayan Cherian's film Papilio Buddha is banned in India
in its original form. Even after making cuts, Cherian says that it's
difficult to see it in India.
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