Manjeet Singh’s Chenu is one among the six selected feature projects for the Produire au Sud workshop 2012 of the Festival Des 3 Continents, held in Nantes, France. The workshop will be held from 19th – 25th November, 2012.
Chenu, first script by Manjeet, is the story of a young dalit boy in the northern Ganges belt. He is drawn into ongoing war between the naxals and upper caste militia, when his younger sister’s fingers are chopped for plucking mustard leaves from a landlord’s field. The script explores various factions existing in the northern Ganges belt and delves into the humiliating lives of the underprivileged dalits.
“This is a very prestigious international co-production platform. Across the continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America around 120 scripts were submitted and mine happens to be one of them. You could find info about the others on their website. Hope to find co-producers/ sales agents during the program,” says Manjeet Singh. His debut film Mumbai Cha Raja premiered in City to City program of the Toronto International Film Festival. Manjeet Singh was also selected for the Toronto Talent Lab 2012 to be held alongside the festival.
Other films to be selected for the Produire au Sud workshop are: Harpoon by Tomas Espinoza (Argentina), Shadow of a Man by Niam Itani (Lebanon), Poisonous Roses by Saleh Fawzi (Morocco/Egypt), Dad, Mum, my younger sister and Antalya by Daler Rahmatov (Tazikistan) and The Cliff Shore by Mehmet Can Mertoglu (Turkey).
Initiated in 2000, the eight day Produire au Sud workshop takes place during the Festival Des 3 Continents in Nantes, France. The training includes a 3 days master class with European professionals, wherein participants are introduced to co-production, co-production contracts, fundraising and international sales with specific case studies; a marketing workshop with training in pitching and presenting of scripts and projects to potential producers; a scriptwriting workshop where scripts of each participant is analyzed by scriptwriters and producers familiar with co-productions and international sales issues.