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Pinjara is a carder in a Bombay cotton factory producing and renovating mattresses. Carding is a skill centuries old, but it can now be done by machine. Pinjara's livelihood is threatened and, in consequence, his very existence. He has been homeless in the city for the forty years he has worked ... Read more
A student film showing the grim struggle for existence of a family of unskilled labourers on a new building site. ... Read more
1857 — India is in turmoil. Indian units of the East India Company's Army are in open revoit, leading to a popular uprising against British rule. ... One scorching Sunday morning in May, the regiment jn a small British cantonment mutinies and massacres some Englishmen in a church. The attack ... Read more
Madhaven and Dileep have just gone through an arranged marnage, and life for the two Sri Lankan youths is wonderful, as they begin to fall in love. Their post-marital bliss is shattered, however; by a military invasion, which leaves Madhaven alone and pregnant in an Indian refugee camp. There, she ... Read more
Until recently, in some villages of India, if a widow was discovered to have taken a lover, she was outcast from the community, and ghatashraddha, the last rites were performed over her. This film by the young director, Girish Kasaravalli, shows the plight of such a widow. ... Udupa is a highly ... Read more
Krishnanunni is a descendant of a wealthy upper caste family, whose fortunes have dwindled. However there is enough money to ensure a leisurely life for him, his wife Suma and their seven-year-old son, Unni. Life seems to be treating Krishnanunni well until one morning he wakes to find a black mole ... Read more
"Buddhadeb Dasgupta has long been considered one of the major forces in Indian cinema ... Poetic and haunting, A Tale of a Naughty Girl doesn't just reaffirm this reputation; it underscores it in the most vivid way possible ... It may well be worthy of that overused term: masterpiece." &mdash ... Read more
A record of a 300-mile trek into little-known South Western Tibet, which has been a part of India for 200 years. The film is at the same time an interesting study of a simple and charming people who inhabit a land of majestic and towering mountains. ... Read more
At the Shwalik engineering factory, two rival trade union factions are competing for recognition. One is a Communist Party figure and established leader of the majority of the workforce. He is a pragmatist whose position is reinforced by his adherence to principles and his legitimate concern for ... Read more
The life and paintings of Amrita Sher-Gil, one of India's foremost artists, who died at the early age of 28. ... Read more
A film which shows the plight of the delinquent children and orphans who are put in protective homes. ... Read more
This is the second film of Satyajit Ray's trilogy which began with the remarkable Father Panchali, shown at last year's Festival. At the end of part one, Harihar, his wife Sarbojaya, and their son Apu, leave their Bengal village for the Holy City of Benares. Here Harihar scrapes a living by reading ... Read more
In the second part of the Apu trilogy, we find Harihar, his wife, Sarbojaya, and their son, Apu, in the holy city of Benares. Here, the father ekes out a living by reading the scriptures; when he dies, Sarbojaya first finds work with a rich landlord, but distressed by the menial position to which ... Read more
"Filmed largely in the south-western Indian state of Kerala, Pan Nalin's (director of MIFF 2002's Most Popular film Samsara) film offers glimpses of several different practitioners of traditional holistic medicine at work. They display a dizzying variety of methods, related only by their assumption ... Read more
Torn from the headlines of today's tabloids, nothing you may have seen before from the Indian cinema will prepare you for the shock of Bandit Queen. ... India's most famous and most feared outlaw surrendered to the police in 1983. This outlaw stood accused of numerous counts of murder and ... Read more
The Bharat Natyam technique of dancing from the South is not merely sculptured in the pillars of Chidambaram Temple, but is a living tradition with dancers from whom it demands great effort and concentration. Featuring the danseuse Kamala, the film explains the unique technique of Bharat Natyam. ... Read more
A bureaucrat working for the ... railways uses the regulations to ... conceal himself and cloak any human ... reactions. Bhuvan Shome is a ... widower who even sacked his own ... son for negligence. But when he is ... about to dismiss another employee for ... taking bribes, he begins to be aware ... Read more
This fictional narrative reflects, through an inner dramaturgy of gestures and rooms, a mother/daughter relationship. Through its archetypal iconography, it discreetly provokes debate about the Indian problem of self-denial. ... Read more
India, the land of the Kama Sutra, has been surprisingly rigid in its attitudes towards sexual practices, and this of course includes homo­sexuality. Given that, this video production is quite frank and brave with its attitudes towards being gay in Bombay. ... Six poems, presented as vignettes ... Read more
An abstract film produced in India. It uses the textile designs of the calico mills as elements in its total graphic structure. ... Read more
The dances of Manipur, famed for their charm and elegance, are depicted in their authentic sellings. ... Read more
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling was established by the Government of India to encourage mountaineering amongst the youth of the country. This documentary revolves around one of the treks organised, and some exciting shots of the hazardous climb are included. ... Read more
The city of Chandigarh was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier; its various aspects are explored and interpreted by this film. ... Read more
Chandni Bar launches scathing attacks on an outmoded caste system, police corruption, vice and the appalling conditions endured by the marginalized in one of the world's most populated but poor cities. ... Fleeing her hometown, left in flames after religious conflict, Mumtaz winds up in Mumbai with ... Read more
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