Why: Arati Kadav boldly went where few Indian directors before her had dared to go - into the realm of science-fiction. That the genre isn’t widely explored in the country, much less on a budget, didn’t deter the filmmaker. She wrote and directed the lyrical, existential Cargo, about two officers onboard a spaceship who help people transition into their next lives. After premiering at the Mumbai Film Festival last year,Cargo was part of the official selections at film festivals such as South By Southwest, Bucheon and Buenos Aires, before being snapped up by Netflix. Kadav's ability to ask probing questions about the nature of human existence set against the backdrop of original, evocative science-fiction makes her one of the most exciting indie directors working today.
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