The Brittle Thread

97 minutes | 2021 | India | Narrative |
Hindi, English, Hebrew, Bhojpuri | sub. English | 17+



XXI 2 | SUN 27 NOV | 12:45

XXI 1 | MON 28 NOV | 12:15

Indonesia Premiere


Headstrong, feisty street dancer Rani works hard to take care of her daughter while reclusive weaver Shahdab discovers a new world in his friendship with an Israeli tourist. Exploring the love and hate dimensions in the ancient city of Varanasi, their cultural and political identities come to the fore. Will the luminous fabric of our diversity soon turn into an iron curtain, dividing those who seem to belong and those who don’t?


Ritesh Sharma


Director’s Filmography


Red Soil (Short)


Rainbows are Real (Documentary)


The Holy Wives (Documentary)

Production Company

Hardhyaan Films


Film Critics Circle of India 2022
Winner for Best Debut Feature

International Film Festival of Kerala 2022
Official Selection

Director's Profile

Ritesh Sharma

Ritesh Sharma

Ritesh Sharma is a filmmaker and theatre practitioner from Mughalsarai, Varanasi currently based out of Delhi. He directed his first documentary film “The Holy Wives”, about caste-based sexual exploitation and human trafficking in India. The film won the best documentary movie award at the prestigious DadaSaheb Phalke Film Festival in 2011 and was screened in different national and international film festivals.

In 2014 he directed another documentary movie “Rainbows are Real”. The film was screened at film festivals like Boston LGBT Film Festival, and Kolkata International Film Festival and has also been screened on NDTV Prime Documentaries.

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