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PVR Director’s Rare to release “Jai Bhim Comrade” and five other documentaries

By NewsDesk • Published on October 18, 2012

Celluloid Man, Jai Bhim Comrade, Gulabi Gang, Songs of Mashangva, Spirit Unbound andChildren of the Pyre are shortlisted for release under the PVR Director’s Rare label by PVR Cinemas.

Celluloid Man: A Film On P.K. Nair by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur honours the contribution of P K Nair to disseminate film culture in India. Nair was the founder-director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune. His efforts have resulted in a coveted collection of 12,000 films at the NFAI from the start-up of 124 films.

The film was screened at the 39th edition of the Telluride Film Festival (TFF) in Colorado, USA and is scheduled to screen under the Real Reel Section of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival.

Jai Bhim Comrade by Anand Patwardhan follows the music and the tradition of activism of the Dalits in India over 14 years. It won a Special Mention at the Dubai International Film Festival 2011 followed by an award at the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films. The film also competed at the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival and screened at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2012.

Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain traces Sampat Pal and the fiery women of her Gulabi Gang who take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption in Bundelkhand. The film will be screened under the Reflecting Images: Masters programme of the 25th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Gulabi Gang was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program.

Songs of Mashangva by Oinam Doren traces the music of the Tangkhul Naga and its return to the modern age: as Naga Folk Blues. The protagonist Rewben Mashangva travels through the villages of the Tangkhul Naga to talk to the old people and collect songs and instruments. The rhythms, melodies and lyrics help form his own music, which he describes as Naga Folk Blues. Shot for more than one and half years in Rajasthan, Nagaland, Kolkatta, Shillong, Imphal and other villages of Manipur, the film is in Tangkhul, Manipuri & English languages.

The film won the 58th National Award for Best Ethnographic Film in the non-feature film category and was in competition at the 18th edition of the Lessinia Film Festival.

Spirit Unbound by Tonmoy Saha is a musical that explores the independent music genre in the India. The film features lives of veteran and upcoming independent musicians in the country.

Children of the Pyre by Rajesh Jala is a 2008 film documenting the lives of seven children working in extreme condition at the cremation ground in Manikarnika in Banaras. The film has been screened at more than fifty international film festivals.

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