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Work of Fire by K R Manoj

Work of Fire takes a look at the varying vicissitudes of the Indian fireworks industry, while trying to ask a question: why do we need fireworks? In its movement from the grimy firework production centres in Sivakshi, to moments of festivities, the Documentary addresses the human desire to create the spectacular against the ordinary.

INPUT – International Public Television, Brooklyn, New York
Mumbai International Film Festival
International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
Prague Indian Film Festival, Czech Republic

K R Manoj is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter, whose passion for cinema evolved with his engagements with the Film Society Movement in Kerala. He is the former editor of the film studies journal Drisyathalam and one of the founder curators of the digital video festival SiGNS. His films include Agni, 16 MM: Memories, Movement and a Machine, A Pestering Journey and Kesari. Winner of many awards, including the National Film Award, International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), Vasudha Award, IDPA Award
and the Delhi Chief Minister’s Award, he is the Co-Founder of the independent
production house, Tropical Cinema.

  • Cinematography: Shehnad Jalal, Jomon Thomas, Arun Bhaskar
  • Editing and Graphics: Ajay Kuyiloor
  • Sound Design: Sreejith C V
  • Sound Editing: Vipin V Nair
  • Sound Mixing: N Harikumar
  • Additional Camera: Allen Thomas, Raghavendra Sastri, Sijoy Jose, Deepak Mala, Vivek S Nambiar
  • Research and Script: Ranjini Krishnan, K R Manoj
  • Animation: Sudheer P Y
  • Colourist: Liju Prabhakar
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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