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Around India with a Movie Camera

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.

"By watching the whole documentary there is a greater understanding of the British view of India and the culture of film itself." —Asian Culture Vulture


Main credits

Suri, Sandhya (film director)
Suri, Sandhya (editor of moving image work)
Gallani, Nicola (film producer)

Other credits

Original music by Soumik Datta.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Asia (South)
Cinema Studies
Film History


"Around India with a Movie Camera"; Docuseek2; Sandhya Suri; Soumik Datta; BFI National Archive; India; colonialism; Asia; "Around India with a Movie Camera"; Icarus Films

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