• 9.6 10
  • 2018
  • 12min
  • Original Title: Tungrus (2018)

An Indian family faces the dilemma of eating or not their hell-raising pet rooster, so that they can reclaim their lives.


AWARDS: Audience Award. Encounters/  Best Documentary. Sapporo Short Fest/ Rhode Island International Film Festival/ DMZ Docs/ Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Slamdance Film Festival/ Audience Award in International Competition. Glasgow Short Film Festival/ Special Mention for Best Short Documentary. Moscow International Documentary Film Festival/ Special Mention. Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival/ Best Documentary Short Film Award. Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival/ Special Mention for Best International Short Film. Ennesimo Film Festival/ Best Documentary. Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival/ Best Short Film Award Special Mention. Milano Film Festival/ Best Documentary. Shorts That Are Not Pants/  Special Mention in Documentary Competition. International Festival Signes de Nuit/ Best Short Documentary. Boston Short Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Hotdocs Canada/ Visions du Reel/ IDFA/ Melbourne International Film Festival/ Milano Film Festival/ ShortsShorts Film Festival Asia/ Slamdance Film Festival/ BFI London Film Festival/ Krakow Film Festival/ Palms Springs International Short Fest/ Docaviv/ Calgary International Film Festival/ Camden International Film Festival/ Audience Award in International Competition. Short Waves Festival/ Kitzbuehel Film Festival/ Camden International Film Festival/ DMZ International Documentary Film Festival/ Calgary International Film Festival/ DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival/ DOKUart Film Festival/ Sedicicorto International Film Festival/ Île Courts Short Film Festival/ Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival/ Valladolid International Film Festival/ Milwaukee Film Festival/ South Asian Film Festival of Montréal/ Original Thinkers Film Festival/ San Diego Asian Film Festival/ Leeds International Film Festival/ Tirana International Film Festival/ Dharamshala International Film Festival/ Winterthur International Short Film Festival/ FRONTDOC/ DOC NYC/ Stockholm International Film Festival/ Hawaii International Film Festival/ Vancouver South Asian Film Festival/ PÖFF Shorts/ Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS/ Night of Shorts Lausanne/ Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth/ Two Short Nights Film Festival/ Bogotá Short Film Festival/ Smita Patil International Film Festival/ Budapest International Documentary Festival/ Minimalen Short Film Festival/ San Francisco Independent Film Festival/ ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival/ Durango Independent Film Festival/ True/False Film Festival/ South Georgia Film Festival/ Akbank Short Film Festival/ Tampere Film Festival/ REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival/ Mecal – International Short Film Festival Of Barcelona (Spain)
Filmfest Dresden/ Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles/ Ashland Independent Film Festival/ Florida Film Festival/ Ethnografilm Paris/ Earthx Film Festival/ Monadnock International Film Festival/ Brussels Short Film Festival/ Skopje Film Festival/ Rincón International Film Festival/ New York Indian Film Festival/ Lanzarote International Film Festival/ Seattle International Film Festival/ Festival CineAmbiente/ Plein La Bobine International Film Festival/ Art Film Fest Kosice/ Isola Cinema International Film Festival/ Sydney Film Festival/ Sanandaj International Film Event/ St. Kilda Film Festival/ Diversions International Short Film Festival/ La Guarimba Film Festival/ Indian Film Festival Stuttgart/ Rooftop Films/ Indian Film Festival of Melbourne/ Indy Shorts International Film Festival – Heartland Film/ Indie Street Film Festival/ Jagran Film Festival/ Aegean Film Festival

Tungrus. A domestic comedy about a rooster and two cats

Tungrus is a short documentary that observes a week in the peculiar lives of a middle-class household in Mumbai, which turns topsy-turvy when the eccentric patriarch brings home a baby chick for his cats to play with.

What follows is an alternatingly absurd, nerve-jangling and heart-warming set of accounts about the latest addition, from each member of the family. The once adorable chick has survived his early days and grown into a tyrant, willful bird - forever taking up too much of their space and generally making life in the apartment unlivable.

The film follows the thoughts of each person to their inevitable conclusion – the rooster’s got to go. And as his fate hangs in the balance, the family debates the question that lingers in the air: should he be given the gift of life, or served for dinner?

Rishi Chandna
Rishi Chandna Director

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