Energetic showmen riding rickety cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are continually being lured by slick digital technology. Featuring a benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic, this stunning film shows how these men continue to bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last travelling cinemas of the world running and bring the magic of the movies to the people of India. Filmed with profound reverence and gorgeous cinematography, the film has played at many of the top-tier festivals around the world. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, where it won rave reviews and was given the L’Oeil d’or Special Mention: Le Prix du documentaire. It then went on to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and many others worldwide. With reviews calling it a “masterpiece,” “evocative” and “jaw-dropping,” this cinematic experience is one not to be missed!
- year 2016
- rating MT
- runtime 96
- director Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya
- country India
- Genre Documentary, Female Filmmaker
- Programs Documentary Features Competition