Regional Competition

A Rifle and a Bag

Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe
Screening time  
14.06. / Monday, 21:00 - 23:00 Ticket
16.06. / Wednesday, 16:00 - 18:00 Ticket

After leaving the Naxalite–Maoist insurgency, still active across many states of India, Somi and her husband live with their two small children in a settlement they built with other former comrades, in anticipation of their reintegration. But the central government they fought against, armed, seems to deny them a future and redemption. 


Cristina Hanes

Cristina Hanes is a Romanian film director and co-founder of NoCut Film Collective. She completed her BA in the field of Cinematography in 2013 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She is an alumna of DocNomads MA and Aristoteles Workshop. Her short documentary film António e Catarina (2017) won the Pardino D’oro Award at 2017 Locarno Film Festival. A Rifle and a Bag (2020) is NoCut Film Collective's first documentary feature.


Isabella Rinaldi

Isabella Rinaldi was born in Rome. She finished her bachelor’s in Film Studies at the Sapienza University before enrolling at DocNomads. She co-directed the short Meta Librino in 2013. In 2016, she founded NoCut Film Collective with fellow DocNomads students Arya Rothe and Cristina Hanes. A Rifle and a Bag (2020) is the collective's first documentary feature. She is currently directing one episode of the documentary series Borderline produced by Off World.


Arya Rothe

Arya Rothe is a filmmaker from Pune, India and co-founder of NoCut Film Collective. She graduated in 2016 from DocNomads Master Course. Her first short documentary film Casa da Quina (2015) had its World Premiere at DocLisboa and won the Special Mention Jury Award at the International Film Festival FILMADRID. Her graduation short film Daughter’s Mother (2018) had its world premiere at DOK Leipzig Film Festival.

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A Rifle and a Bag

Romania, Italy, India, Qatar
2020, 89'

Directed by:
Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe

Screenplay by:
Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe

Cristina Hanes

Edited by:
Yael Bitton, Cristina Haneș, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe

Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe

Produced by:
NoCut Film Collective

Festivals & Awards:

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 – Special Mention Bright Future Competition
Miradasdoc International Documentary Film Festival 2021 – Special Jury Mention
International Film Festival Innsbruck 2020 – Special Jury Mention
Visions du Reel 2020
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020
One World Romania 2020
Durban International Film Festival 2020
Dharamshala International Film Festival 2020
Busan International Film Festival 2020
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2020
Minsk International Film Festival 2020
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2020
Torino Film Festival
DokuBaku 2020
Dhaka International Film Festival 2021
Portland International Film Festival 2021
FICUNAM International Cinema Festival 2021
IAWRT, 2021
Isola del Cinema 2021
FemCine 2021
Ponnani International Film Festival 2021
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2021


Cristina Hanes