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Indian docu-feature 'Children of the Pyre' wins Award at Montreal


NEW DELHI: Children of the Pyre, a docu-feature shot in Varanasi by Delhi-based filmmaker Rajesh Jala, has been awarded the audience award for the Best Feature Documentary at the recently concluded Montreal World Film Festival.

The 74-minute film, that is about seven young boys who work at the Manikarnika Cremation Grounds on the banks of the Ganges, "created a stir at the festival right from the beginning", Gautam Hooja of Indo-Canadian Films International told indiantelevision.com.


The award was given away at the closing ceremonies at the Theatre Maisonneuve.

Children of the Pyre has been nominated for competition in major well-known international film festivals in Pusan, Leipzig and Sao Paulo.

Rajesh Jala attended the Montreal Film Festival and was present on closing night to personally receive the prize, the only award at the festival for documentaries.

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