It isn't easy to cross the border between Pakistan and India -- even for a camel. The only Indian film to win an award at this year's Golden Elephant International Children's Film Festival at Hyderabad, Blind Camel tells the enchanting story of a child who unwittingly crosses the border from India into Pakistan in pursuit of his stray camel herd. | Read More
A family saga set against the colorful spectacle of the Uttarayan, India's largest kite festival, The Kite is a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of energy, romance, and turmoil. A businessman arrives in Ahmedabad for a surprise visit to his once grand family home, bringing with him his daughter and some unexpected news for the family's future. Amongst the flurry of preparations and the energy of the festival itself, the transformative and intersecting tales of six characters unfold. | Read MoreDrama
Jamal, a 10-year-old Muslim Pakistani mistakenly crosses the border between India and Pakistan, finding an unusual ally in a Hindu Brahmin, Bhola. Indian soldiers descend on Bhola's village searching for the 'terrorist' who crossed over. While Bhola's niece Rani insists they can't let a Muslim into their Hindu home. As Bhola and Rani grapple with the dangerous consequences of harboring a Pakistani coupled by the duo's deep-set prejudice against Muslims, Jamal puts his faith and hope in the power of humanity, and it's ability to unite a people separated by artificial boundaries a long time ago. Based on a true story. | Read More
Gemma Atwal's fascinating and dynamic epic follows Budhia, a four-year-old boy plucked from the slums of India and trained as a marathon prodigy by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach who runs an orphanage in the eastern state of Orissa. But over the next five years and dozens of marathons, Budhia's roller-coaster journey turns from an uplifting story of promise and opportunity to one of greed, corruption, and broken dreams. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Sports, Documentary
The lament over the ‘death’ of film is re-enacted digitally, as the screen-as-landscape reacts to the material exegeses of film—scratches, splices, sprockets, dust etc.—that are digitally [de/re]constructed, in (im)probable verisimilitude to Celluloid. The sound design, text, and voice-over contribute to the film experience, as it simultaneously criticizes it.
Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma | Read MoreExperimental
Would you risk your life to flip a switch? In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm’s way to deliver electrical power is all too common. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of this political ring, from an electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand economics forces it deeper into financial disarray. This vibrant exposé gives a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.” | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Crime, Documentary