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Raj Nair was born in India, a published author of fiction. The Exhibits was his first film, about his own grandmother. Also an academic, specialising in oral medicine, trained in India, Hong Kong, London and Harvard. Currently based in Australia. Links: FB

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DOCUMENTARY FILMS
documentary: kaazhchavasthu

" The Exhibits " (2004)
Globstar Productions
DV - 59 minutes
Malayalam with English subtitles
Website » rajnair.com


Synopsis
The theme unfolds through 85-year-old Kalakshiamma, alias “Kaatha”. The widow of a celebrated Indian writer, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai. A devoted wife of 65 years, a mother and a very well-known ammoomma (grandmother) of Kerala (a south Indian state).

Kaatha was born as the daughter of a farmer, her destiny to live life as a commoner with celebrity status as the wife of a literary giant. After the death of her husband she lives alone, at least physically, in a home built on dreams she had shared with her beloved, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Once a widow, she handed over her home to the authorities with good intentions of making it a promised monument celebrating her husband’s life. In reality her home has metamorphosed into a museum where she pays a rent of one rupee, perhaps only to become a tenant and, at least to some, a living exhibit.

The film documents the realities of aging, of past and current social issues and the colour of loneliness. Trying to (re)discover those milestones in the lives of Malayalee (people of Kerala) women, which made a sweet baby girl of the distant past just another grandmother, an exhibit of modernisation, one of the many silent victims of a much globalised face of Kerala increasingly being uprooted from its own tradition, ethos and milieux.

Producer:
Ashraf A Bava

Script and Direction:
Raj Nair

Website » rajnair.com/docu/
documentary: kaazhchavasthu

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FEATURE FILMS
feature film: punyam aham
" PUNYAM AHA " (Punyam Aham)
Currently in production
35mm feature film
Malayalam with English subtitles
Website » punyamaham.com

Synopsis
In the foothills of the Northern Ghats, on a not that fine morning, following a dream, the protagonist, Narayanan set forward on a trip to the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, to find an end to the mysterious agony of his beloved mother and, a new life for himself.

A fallen leaf from a banyan tree afloat in the stream guides him through. He learns more of his father, the stream widens to a little river, a river, and narrows and widens until it reaches its destiny! Narayanan promised to make no mistakes and to return to his mother, a low caste woman from the south of Kerala. His father, the escapist, a congressman while Gandhiji visited Kerala, then a communist, then a bureaucrat and, a Brahmin by caste.

For Narayanan, re-discovering every step of his father was like a quicksand of lust, lies and rage and much more. Does Narayanan make it without kissing a sin, stamping on landmines of the realities of present day Keralam? In search of the truth, his father, and so the man, he himself...?

A Malayalam feature film based on an infamous myth.

Story, Script and Direction:
Raj Nair

Production company:
Mirabilia Films, Hong Kong/India


feature film: punyam aham
Website » punyamaham.com

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mi·ra·bi·li·a | mǝˈrӓbǝˌlyǝ |
noun.
Marvels that inspire wonder; marvelous phenomena; small miracles; beguiling ephemera; beguiling curiosities; enigmatic joys; inexplicable joys; changes that inspire amused awe; eccentric enchantments; unplanned jubilations; sudden deliverance from boring evils.

Plural form of the Latin 'mirabilis'.

Not to be confused with books about Rome, cross-stitch or countercurrent heat exchange in deep diving marine organisms.

That's all. Class dismissed.

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UPCOMING PROJECTS

" Mulachi " feature film: mulachi
transcendental journey
of women extraordinaire...

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" Bouquet of Colors "
feature film: bouquet of colours

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OTHER MIRABILIA
Rakesh Menon
, the backbone of Mirabilia Films. An aviator, designer, info and nano technologist. Born in India, brought up and educated in England, currently lives in California.

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SHORT FILMS

" The Blind Mirror "
In production
DV - 15 minutes
Thai - English

Synopsis
Nim is a sweet petit Bangkok girl and a connoisseur in her culinary skills, who is counting days to become eighteen, in her sweet little dreams... She helps her mother at the eatery, on a daily basis, before and after the school. Bryan, a “farang” (foreigner), who came on a tourist visa to the Kingdom of Thailand and refuses to leave, addicted to the country and it’s customs but never the drugs and the girls (a rare kind, perhaps).

His days begin and end in Nim’s mother’s eatery, across the street where he lives, until one day he decides to either to live or leave the Kingdom, at least that is the choice he is left with… perhaps he finally made it all in a bottle, the essence of all…

Story, Script and Direction:
Raj Nair

Camera and Editing:
Arnusit  Itthagarun

Production Executive:
Ning Tipporn

Production:
Mirabilia Films, Hong Kong/India

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" Masked dreams "
In production
DV - 10 minutes
Cantonese with English subtitles

Synopsis
The floor of the geriatric ward is made up of 465 white mosaic tiles and Mrs Luk Wai Leung knows everything about the 465 squares and every single spot of dirt or dust is her obsession.

Mrs Leung is an “aamma” (janitor) in a geriatric ward of a public hospital in Hong Kong. Her day starts watching the notice board just outside her heavily secured ward showing the tally on death, newly infected and the Global tally of SARS. Mrs Leung is also stitching a scarf with the Chinese letters “hope” and “love” and “prosperity” for her daughter who will be graduating as a medical doctor in the summer of 2003...

Shattered and preserved dreams of optimism during the SARS in Hong Kong.

Story, Script and Direction:
Raj Nair

DP and Editing:
Len McClure

Production:
Mirabilia Films, Hong Kong/India

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