FEATURE FILM – “The Karma Killings,” is a modern-day crime thriller mixed in with Indian mythology and class warfare. The documentary delves into India’s most infamous serial killings and its impact on a nation. Told through the people directly involved, the film unravels the complexities of the case and goes beyond the sensational headlines to present a suspenseful and scary mystery. And has a huge twist – one of the killers maybe innocent? WEBSITE
Synopsis: Over a span of two years, dozens of children went missing on a 100-meter stretch of road in an inconspicuous neighborhood. In a plain ordinary house in the suburbs where unknown to everyone, unimaginable acts of violence and gruesome murders were taking place. This nightmare gripped dozens of poor families in an inconspicuous suburb of New Delhi, India when their children went missing and began their long ordeal to capture and bring to trial the killers living in their own neighborhood.
When eventually the small town beat cop breaks the case, both culprits were sentenced to death under sensational media coverage and pressure from the government to instill swift justice, addressing a large social and cultural changes happening in India. The gruesomeness of the case are told through all of the players involved in the case: police investigators, the families relentlessly searches for their daughters, criminal prosecutors from both sides, the press that nearly brought down the Indian government, Pandheer’s son and the killers. “The Karma Killings” unravels the complexities of the case and goes beyond the sensational headlines to present a suspenseful and scary mystery involving a complex relationship between a master, businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant, Surender Koli.
RAM DEVINENI (Director, Producer & Editor) produced The Russian Woodpecker, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. His most recent film, The Karma Killings, about the Nithari serial killings is out exclusively on Netflix worldwide and hailed as an “Indian’s true crime watershed moment.” He is the creator of the interactive social-activist comic books, Priya’s Shakti and Priya’s Mirror, which received the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund from the Ford Foundation and supported by the World Bank, and honored by UN Women as a “gender equality champion.”
MARTINA SÖNKSEN (Co-producer) is a documentary producer. Before “The Karma Killings”, along with Ram she co-produced the short film “The Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn”. In 2014 she worked a field producer for the Brazilian feature documentary film “O Começo da Vida” to be released in March 2016. And as a Translator she contributed for VICE in projects such as VICE on HBO: Pacification of Rio, VICE NEWS: Brazil’s World Cup Coverage and Gaycation on VICELAND.
TUSHAR PRAKASH (Co-Director), RENE VERON (Music & Sound Edit), NINAD AUNDHKAR (artwork), SHUBHRA PRAKASH, PRANAV JAIN & CATHERINE FLETCHER (Subtitles & Translations).
ARRE REVIEW: The Karma Killings: Indian True Crime’s Watershed Moment
This is why The Karma Killings is such an important film. It launches the true crime genre in India with credibility and responsibility, keeping in mind that that at the centre of murders and investigation, is the essential fallibility of humanity.
The Karma Killings is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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