Turup (Checkmate) takes as its backdrop the roadside chess matches of working-class communities in Chakki Chouraha, a neighbourhood in the central Indian city of Bhopal. Whilst it’s men who dominate the chess games, the film tells the intertwined stories of three women: a domestic worker named Monika; Neelima, a former journalist struggling with married life; and Lata, young and in love.
Turup was made by the Bhopal-based Ektara collective: an autonomous grassroots cinema group composed primarily of women. The process of making it was collaborative, with local residents taking roles on and off screen, and collective decisions about script, direction and music.
Suggested donation on the door £2/3/5 un/low/higher waged. All donations will go to the Ektara collective, who are an unfunded independent group.
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