Panorama Of Contemporary Indian Cinema

Tortoise Under The Earth

Original Title : Dharti Latar Re Horo
Director : Shishir Jha
Country : India
Language : English, Santhali
Duration : 97 minutes
Year : 2022
Panorama Of Contemporary Indian Cinema


In a uranium mining area of Jharkhand, India, a tribal couple cope with the loss of their daughter. For them, the land and forest are witness to their daughter’s memory. With great sensitivity and beauty, the film explores the deeply intertwined connections between tribal communities and the forest that is their traditional home. Deftly interweaving the vivid colours of their festivals, their folk songs and the sense of community that binds them together, Tortoise Under The Earth is a poetic elegy to a world that is rapidly disappearing, subsumed by unchecked development and displacement.

Shishir Jha


Shishir Jha is a Mumbai-based Film-maker born in 1988, Bihar, INDIA. He graduated from the National Institute of Design (NID) with a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Video Communication Design.
He has received a Diploma in Filmmaking at the workshop of the late Abbas Kiarostami at EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV), Cuba 2016.
He made several short films and Tortoise Under The Earth is his first feature film.


– Jagarnath Baskey
– Mugli Baskey


– Direction: Shishir Jha
– Producers : Vinay Mishra, Pallavi Rohatgi, Preety Ali, Raghavan Bharadwaj
– Writer : Shishir Jha
– Editing : Shishir Jha
– Cinematography : Shishir Jha
– Music: Durga Prasad Murmu
– Sound : Dhiman Karmakar
– Production Company: Humara Medialabs Pvt Ltd


World Premiere as on 13th March 2022, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, INDIA
Dharamshala International Film festival.
India Premiere on 5 Nov 2022 India.
Vancouver International Film Festival,
Canada (International Premiere): Special Mention, Vanguard Award. 2022
Kolkata International Film Festival,
India 2022
Mostra Internacional de Cinema/ São
Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil: (South American Premiere) 2022, New Filmmakers Competition.
62th edition of Cartagena International
Film Festival- FICCI 2023