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Films From India

A report on the building of the Hirakud ... Dam, showing the willingness of the peoples ... themselves to take part in a project which ... will bring them food and prosperity in ... future years. ... Read more
A film on the science of seismology. We see what benefits have resulted from a study of the record of movements that occur under the surface of the earth. ... Read more
Among India's legends one of the most poetic is the story of Radha and Krishna. Krishna the cow-herd god - the divine Lover; Radha, the beautiful milk maid symbolising the Heart of Man yearning for the Infinite. Artists through the centuries have taken this legend and the film brings to life the ... Read more
An impressionistic presentation of Mahabaleshwar, a quiet little hill station, during and after the monsoon rains. ... Read more
The film conveys the blessings and curses of rain to mankind. ... Read more
This film depicts the ancient glory of the historic city of Rajgriha, once the capital of the Magadh Empire. It is closely associated with the life and teachings of Buddha, and famous as a seat of learning. ... Read more
In his third feature writer/director Adoor Gopalakrishan has established a stylised study of paranoia. ... An indolent, selfish landowner expects his family to wait on him hand and foot. When he has to face a changing future, he is unable to cope and feels trapped like the rats his younger sister ... Read more
... ... Babulal Bhurya was shot dead by the Central Industrial Security Force in February 1981 at Mailagora, where the people make a living from collecting coal dust. The film is an investigation of what this tragedy has come Go mean to his sister, fellow workers and to the union. It raises a ... Read more
With Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair, here directing her first feature, has made a unique film that is at once both faithful to it's very specific roots and yet accessible to western audiences.Asa result, the film has become one of the two or three top foreign films of the 88/89 international calendar ... Read more
Tashi, a brilliant young Buddhist monk has just completed three years of solitary meditation amidst the splendor of the Himalayas. Brought out of a deep trance, he is taken back to his ancient monastery where he slowly recovers his strength. But Tashi's return has unexpected results. Despite a life ... Read more
A projection of the personality of the President of India as a man of learning and a promoter of world peace. ... Read more
This documentary is Shyam Benegal's tribute to his peer Satyajit Ray. Benegal allows Ray to tell his own story, that of his life and work, without interference. ... Ray outlines the story of his life and discusses autobiographical elements in his films. Excerpts from Ray's films often do not have ... Read more
Kaliyappan is an executioner in southern India, whose job provides adequate financial reward but is destroying his conscience. Presiding over the hanging of someone whom he is certain is innocent, Kaliyappan's guilt is quite literally killing him. Alienated from his family, he turns to drink to ... Read more
Vinu is a day dreamer, with an artistic temper­ament and few friends at his school. He spends his days dreaming of his grandfather's ances­tral home and the slow pace of village life there. Fed up with alarm clocks, homework and school, one day he runs away from home and after many ... Read more
So Far From India is a documentary about two worlds: the world of a recently-arrived Indian immigrant in America, and the traditional world of his new wife who waits for him in his ancestral home in India. ... Ashok Sheth is one of the many Indian immigrants who work in subway newstands in New York ... Read more
The vast splendour, serenity, and majesty of the snow-clad Himalayas is breathtakingly captured by an Indian mountaineering film-crew. ... Read more
A profile of a remarkable man, who at age 98 reflects on a life spent training orphaned boys in the art of 'Kushti', traditional Indian wrestling. His sometimes enigmatic reflections on religion, Indian Independence and physical strength reveal a unique humanitarian. Stylish black and white ... Read more
A pacy, ultra-hip mosaic unlike anything previously seen from India. Dev Benegal has crafted a dynamic expose of India's great metropolis, Mumbai (Bombay). Some of the most expensive real estate in the world is here and yet as we learn at the film's close, in March 2000, 900,000 people were denied ... Read more
Shot in colour, the film captures the arrival of spring in the beautiful valley of Kashmir with its lovely white almond and pink cherry blossoms. We see the people coming out to work in the fields after winter snows have melted, when the earth is carpeted with yellow linseed flowers as far as the ... Read more
Spectacular impossibly vibrant and charged with electric song and dance, this Bollywood epic embodies the modern India in comedy, tragedy and music, music, music! ... In a palatial house in Gujart lives the extended family of celebrated classical singer Pandit Darbar. The entire household eagerly ... Read more
The forests of the Himalayas, the basis for subsistence of the people in these regions, are destroyed by powerful lumber dealers. Sudesha is a member of the CHIPKO movement which fights against this ... Read more
This film conveys the beauty and grandeur of one of the world's most visited monuments. It tells the story of the fulfilment of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan's dream of building a great mausoleum to enshrine his love and devotion to his consort Mumtaz Mahal. ... Read more
Accelerator alumnus Rodd Rathjen (The Stranger, MIFF 2011) returns to MIFF with this poetic tale of a young Himalayan shepherd whose curiosity is bigger than the vastness of his surroundings. ... D/P/S Rodd Rathjen L Ladakhi w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Goopy is a singer who cannot sing and he meets Bagha, a drummer, after they have both been driven from their respective villages. They sing and play to disperse their fears during ... a night in the forest, but only succeed in raising ghosts and bringing great joy to their night. So the ghost king ... Read more
In the mega-city of Kolkata, India, where police corruption is rife and 70% of murders go unsolved, a new breed of crime fighter has emerged. ... When justice is required, the only authority wronged Kolkata citizens can rely upon are men like Rajesh Ji. A freelance private detective, Ji stands ... Read more
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