Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  72 minutes
Date:  2018
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color / Black and White
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Around India with a Movie Camera

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Sandhya Suri skillfully weaves together archival footage—including hand colored sequences and a new score—to create a story about life across India from 1899 to 1947.

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


Awards

**2018 BFI Southbank

Citation

Main credits

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

Other credits

Original music by Soumik Datta.


Distributor credits

A film by Sandhyu Suri

Docuseek2 subjects

Asian Studies
India
Film History
Documentary Films

Distributor subjects

Asia
Asia (South)
Cinema Studies
Film History

Keywords

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