In a world rapidly being torn asunder by violence, division, racism and suspicion, there is a growing despondence and a feeling that almost all of humanity is at cross purposes, and most of it at war.
There is a dire need for reassurance that not all is lost, that the fundamental goodness of humanity is still intact. There need to be more love stories than revenge dramas, more stories of real life heroes than superhero sagas. There need to be more stories that reinforce our faith in each other rather than that mythical messiah who might never arrive to save us.
Seen through the eyes of an innocent, but typical 21st century Indian child born of an inter-religion marriage, A Billion Colour Story is a simple tale, told with a complete absence of frills. The film is in English, set in India, with all its Indian accents and turn of phrase, and Hindi. (India does have the world's largest English speaking population, after all).
It is a story about colour, with colour being at the core of literally every part of its narrative, which is why it was shot in pristine Black & White, leaving the audience to see the colours with their mind's eye.
Directed by N. Padmakumar
English, 105 minutes, 2016, India