UNFREEDOM is an urgent contemporary thriller about a society torn apart by political, religious, and sexual turmoil. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, the film juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance, one of which follows a Muslim terrorist attempting to silence a liberal Muslim scholar, while the other is about a young woman who defies her devout father and escapes an arranged marriage because she is secretly embroiled in a taboo lesbian romance. In this searing portrait of the polarized world we live in, all four characters go to their absolute limit—and beyond—in their struggle to defend their deeply-held and conflicting viewpoints on freedom, faith, family and love.

Raj Amit Kumar graduated in Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006, where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence. He finished his Ph.D. coursework in Cinema and Media studies at Southern Illinois University (SIUC) before beginning work on his first feature film Unfreedom, the script of which won the First Prize in Faculty Screenwriting Award at University of film and Video Association (UFVA) 2009.

A media academic, teacher, and writer, he has taught cinema theory and history at both his alma maters, CUNY and SIUC (2005 – 2009), and his writings and research papers have been published and presented at various conferences.

His next two projects, Black Boots and Babu in Bollywood, are in development.


Victor Banerjee
Bhavani Lee
Adil Hussain
Ankur Vikal
Bhanu Uday
Seema Rahmani
Preeti Gupta
Samrat Chakrabarti



Written, Produced & Directed By
Raj Amit Kumar
Director of Photography
Hari Nair
Original Music
Jesse Kotansky, Wayne Sharpe
Creative Producer (New York)
Roli Chaturvedi

Line Producer (New Delhi)
Ruchi Bhimani

Associate Producer (New York)
Aftab Asghar
Co-writer and Chief Asst. Director
Damon J Taylor

Edited By
Atanu Mukherjee

Sound Design
Resul Pookutty

Producer (Post & Publicity Design)
Deepa Bajaj
Art Direction
Haris Umar Khan, Monica Mayorga

102 minutes

USA, India
Original Language

Title AKA
Dagh Ujala