A 10-year-old girl living in poverty in a village in Assam, India, dreams of owning a guitar and forming a band with the local boys. Written, directed and edited by Roma Das.
Village Rockstars was selected as India's submission to the Oscars Foreign Language Film Category.
Hollywood Reporter/Deborah Young
All the kids are natural actors, but Bhanita Das is a standout in every scene. As the work-worn mother, Basanti Das embodies the refreshing lack of sentimentality that gives the film its modern attitude.
Film Critics Circle of India/Saibal Chatterjee
The film stands for something that is always under threat: the courage to ignore the reality that life is exceedingly difficult for cinema that is made on the margins of a giant production machinery and recognize that there always are ways out for those who revel in battling the odds, no matter how daunting, and overcoming them.
Globe & Mail/Barry Hertz
Village Rockstars is confident and sincere, its story unfolding at a languid but controlled pace.
Hindustan Times/Rohan Naahar
More than Terrence Malick and the existential poetry of his films, Village Rockstars' closest cinematic cousins are Benh Zeitlin's 2012 fable about climate change, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Sean Baker's 2017 masterpiece, The Florida Project.
The atmosphere of Village Rockstars is so real that it almost feels like a documentary. Rim Das' direction is the opposite of fussy, allowing the characters and their actions to breathe on screen in a way that speaks to her affection for the subject.
The Times of India/Renuka Vyavahare
Village Rockstars is heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.