The Children of Troumaron
Followed by a Q&A with Harrikrisna Anenden and Ananda Devi
In an impoverished ghetto of Port-Louis, Mauritius, four youngsters dream of escape from the confines of their poverty: Sadiq, the would-be poet torn between two worlds; Eve, who survives by prostituting herself; Clelio, who rails bitterly against the world; and Savita, who wants to escape with Eve for a better life. Around them the country marches forward economically. In Troumaron, as their lives intertwine, the fragility of their dreams becomes apparent under the weight of their realities. The death of one of the youngsters catapults the other three onto a dangerous, perhaps inevitable path. Heartfelt and immensely poetic, with beautiful performances by a young cast, this is a journey into the frailty of hope, and a reminder to societies of the dangers of forgetting their own. A striking and poetic adaptation of Ananda Devi’s novel.
Dir. Harrikrisna Anenden and Sharvan Anenden. Mauritius. 2012. 90 min. Print Source: filmmaker