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Four Indian films to screen at 25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

By NewsDesk • Published on October 17, 2012

Four Indian films have been selected for the 25th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) that will run from 14th- 25th November, 2012. Another Indian film project Powerless by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa has been chosen for the IDFA Forum 2012.

 Rafea: Solar Mama, Gulabi Gang, When Hari Got Married and Wilbur Episode 1 will be screened across different sections of the festival.

IDFA is known to be the world’s largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988. This year the festival will screen a total of 314 titles, out of which 97 will be world premieres.


Rafea: Solar Mama

Dir.: Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief (United States/Denmark/Jordan/India)

The film about the Bedouin women, who are trained to build solar panels, has been selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary section. The making of this was commissioned by ‘Why Poverty?’

Gulabi Gang

Dir.: Nishtha Jain (India/Norway/Denmark, 2012, 107 min.)

This film will be screened under the Reflecting Images: Masters programme.  Gulabi Gang was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Sundance Documentary Film Program. The documentary 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.

When Hari Got Married

Ritu Sarin/Tenzing Sonam (India/England/USA, 2012, 75 min.)

When Hari Got Married will be screened under the Reflecting Images: Panorama programme. When Hari, a small-town taxi driver, has an arranged marriage to a girl he has never met, the result is an intimate and humorous look at the changes taking place inIndiaas modernity and globalization meet age-old traditions and customs.


 Wilbur Episode 1

Adrien Roche (India, 2012)

Wilbur Episode 1 by Adrien Roche will screen under the Why Poverty? Section of the festival. The film commissioned by ‘Why Poverty?’. Why Povetry? grants commission  to award winning film makers to make eight documentaries on poverty.



Dir.: Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa (India/Austria)

The film is one among the 58 films selected for the IDFA Forum 2012. In the rough cut stage, the film is set inKanpur,India, where people risk their lives to steal electricity in the face of 15 hour power-cuts that have crippled their livelihoods.

Last year the film won the IDFA Fund of € 12,000 for its production and post-production.

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