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Around India with a Movie Camera

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Synopsis

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. Director Sandhya Suri weaves together archive footage to create an emotionally resonant story about life across India from 1899 to 1947. 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.
The film also features a superb new score that fuses western and Indian music from composer and sarod player Soumik Datta.

Details

Year
2017
Type of film
Features
Running Time
76 mins
Format
Digital (from archive footage)
Director
Sandhya Suri
Producer
Nicola Gallani
Editor
Sandhya Suri
Music
Soumik Datta
Film Image
© BFI National Archive

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Last updated 20th November 2017

Production Company

Commissioned as part of UK-India Year of Culture, in association with British Council

British Film Institute
Nicola Gallani
Nicola.Gallani@bfi.org.uk

Sales
Company

British Film Institute
Violette Martin
violette.martin@bfi.org.uk