International Festival Signs of the Night - Paris
Festival internatinal Signes de nuit - Paris

20e Festival international Signes de Nuit - Paris / 1-10 octobre 2022



October 6th, 2022 - 8 pm
Maison du Portugal - Cité universitaire
7, Bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris


Of Cattle, Forests and Men

De Gado, Florestas e Homens
Renata Padovan
Brazil / 2020 / 0:12:30

The video is based in an interview with X. a man who lived for 40 years in the state of Rondônia, in western Brazil. Since childhood he worked clearing land, cutting native forests for the establishment of pastures. It is an emotional testimony of life in areas where the law is in the hands of the strongest, and people have no choice than to live accordingly.





Siddhant Sarin, Debankon S. Solanky
India / 2022 / 1:10:00

A momentary act of revenge transformed the lives of two young Indian women forever. After surviving an acid attack, while carrying scars of human brutality on their face, both Ritu and Faraha learn to redefine their lives through a sea of odd currents daily. Strangely enough, Ritu’s scars also brought her some fame, she occasionally finds herself talking on television, modelling at fashion events, or featuring in a Bollywood film… still, she often feels lonely. She wants to be loved and embraces an ambiguous relationship with a fellow female acid attack survivor. On the other hand, Faraha has come to terms with her post-attack singlehood and her new lease of life. As she begins to enjoy the freedom and independence, a desire to become a mother slowly brews within her. By intertwining the shadows and lights, and hope and hopelessness in Ritu and Faraha’s life, Ayena becomes a mirror where we can also see our own reflections.