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Around India with a Movie Camera

A film by Sandhya Suri

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Award-winning filmmaker Sandhya Suri (I for India) skillfully weaves together archival footage—including hand colored sequences—with a new score by composer Soumik Datta to create an emotionally resonant story about life across India from 1899 to 1947.

Drawn exclusively from the BFI National Archive, Around India features some of the earliest surviving film from India as well as gorgeous travelogues, intimate home movies and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers. Taking in Maharajas and Viceroys, fakirs and farmhands and personalities such as Sabu and Gandhi, the film explores not only the people and places of over 70 years ago, but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past.

"Fascinating, richly meditative; a past that refuses to know its place [and] a nation that is as much dreamscape as real." —Sight & Sound

"[Gives viewers] a greater understanding of the British view of India and the culture of film itself." —Asian Culture Vulture

"Enlightening; a compelling lesson of visual rhetoric and world history. This anthology of the British gaze shows the everyday violence and the very immorality of colonialism itself. Academics and librarians will find 'Around India with a Movie Camera' a valuable addition to their collections." —V Cinema Show


2018 BFI Southbank
2017 Sheffield Documentary Film Festival

72 minutes / Color/B&W
Closed Captioned
Copyright: 2018

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Asia, Asia (South), Cinema Studies, Film History, Cultural Studies

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