PVR Director's Rare label has shortlisted six films like Celluloid
Man, Jai Bhim Comrade, Gulabi Gang, Songs of Mashangva, Spirit Unbound
and Children of the Pyre for release.
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 a start-up of 124 films.
film, that was screened at the 39th edition of the Telluride Film
Festival (TFF) in Colorado, USA, is scheduled to screen under the
Real Reel Section of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival.
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. It also competed at the
36th Hong Kong International Film Festival and screened at the
Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2012.
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.
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 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.
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.
of the Pyre, by Rajesh Jala, is a 2008 film that documents 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.