Under the Same Sun (Ek Surya Ke Taley)


Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 10, 2015 5:45 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Sun, Oct 11, 2015 7:45 PM
Rafael 2 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 5:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:93 min
Premiere Status:World
Director:Mitra Sen
Producer:Mitra Sen
Screenwriter:Mitra Sen
Cinematographer:Ashish Dawar
Santosh Vasandi
Editor:Carroll Chiramel
Cast:Aadar Malik
Taifur Shaikh
Manish Shah
Motilal Khan
Rucha Inamdar
Visshesh Rajesh
Print Source:Sandalwood Productions/Films4Change
Note Writer:Carol Harada


In Mitra Sen’s profoundly compassionate drama, only children can soothe the rage of a grieving heart. Karim, an injured fugitive, is welcomed like a beloved brother by three orphaned boys in a remote Rajasthani oasis of Hindu and Muslim harmony. This simple human kindness disrupts the smooth and certain arc of the young man's mission and threatens his very identity. Karim soon discovers how these Hindu and Muslim children share the bond of one family, following each other’s traditions and living together under one roof in peace—a complete contrast to his childhood, which was void of music, color, and love. As the village children prepare to perform the Ramayana, the classic Hindu tale of good vs. evil, Karim wrestles with his true purposein life and his desire to find his family. Amidst the town’s holy festival, a place so full of life, Karim must act wisely to find his way home.

Co-presented by 3rd i South Asian Independent Film

Additional Information

Mitra Sen was born in London, England and is a graduate of York University’s film program in Toronto. She focuses on creating films that share stories of peace and unity and inspire young people to become social justice leaders. Her award-winning films, Just a Little Red Dot (MVFF 1997) and The Peace Tree, have been invited to numerous film festivals including Tribeca and Ebertfest. The Peace Tree (MVFF 2011) triggered the proclamation of Peace Tree Day in Canada and the creation of the Peace Tree International organization, which empowers children to promote peace and diversity. Under the Same Sun is Sen’s first film shot in India.