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.
Written, Produced & Directed By
Raj Amit Kumar
Director of Photography
Jesse Kotansky, Wayne Sharpe
Creative Producer (New York)
Line Producer (New Delhi)
Associate Producer (New York)
Co-writer and Chief Asst. Director
Damon J Taylor
Producer (Post & Publicity Design)
Haris Umar Khan, Monica Mayorga