10 Most Sought After Indian Documentaries Of 2013

7:00 pm 29 Apr, 2014

Whenever we think or talk about films, inevitably it is mostly the fictions that we end up discussing. However, there’s another type of films, the non-fictional ones, which have been a part and parcel of cinema since its very inception. These are the documentaries. Although most of these documentaries do not receive a world wide release in the theatres, every year they don’t grab most of the attention at the film festivals held across the world. In this list, let’s discuss about the Indian documentaries that grabbed a worthy attention in the film festivals worldwide in 2013 and made a mark—

10. Faith Connections

The film has been directed by Pan Nalin and is based on his real life encounter with diverse people and their myriad ways of living life at the Kumbh Mela.

This one-of-a-kind glimpse of the Kumbh Mela was much appreciated at all the celebrated film festival across the globe and had even bagged the Special Jury mention at Extravagant India! International Indian Film Festival held in Paris.

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9. Katiyabaaz

Katiyabaaz charts the plight of those men who steal power from the high tension wires in Kanpur, a city which experiences 15 hours long power cuts, to let their lives going.

The film was screened at the IDFA and had won the Golden Gateway award for Best Film at the Mumbai Film Festival.

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8. Salma

The film documents one of the most poignant stories about an Indian woman, Salma, who was locked by her own family for 25 years without any access to studies, and was even forced into wedlock. Directed by Kim Longinotto, the film was screened and appreciated at many film festivals worldwide, and had even won the Best Film award at the Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart.

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7. Fire in the Blood

Directed by Dylan Mohan Gray, the film focuses attention on the western pharmaceuticals and Governments that sealed all the companies manufacturing low-cost drugs for AIDS. The film, among all the other appreciations, won the Best Political Film Prize at the Film Fest Hamburg and had even bagged the Justice Matters Awards at the 27th Washington DC International Film Festival.

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6. My Name is Salt

An Indo-Swiss co-production, this film documents the plight of those few families who are moved every year (for 8 months) at a corner of a barren desert to produce the whitest salt in the world. Directed by Farida Pacha, the film won the First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam recently.

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5. Have you Seen Arana?

Directed by Sunanda Bhat, the film charts the treacherous transformation that the eco system of South India is going through in the name of “development”. The film received a thundering applause at almost all the Major Film Festivals around the globe and had even won the “Monde en Regards” award along with a special mention for “Anthropology and Sustainable Development” at the much respected Jean Rouch International Film Festival held in Paris every year!

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4. Rangbhoomi

Directed by Kamal Swaroop, Rangbhoomi was a sort of an ode to the father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke.

The film received a grand premiere at the Rome Film Festival and was even screened as the inaugural film of the Indian Panaroma in the International Film Festival of India.

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3. Algorithms

Directed by Ian McDonald, the film charts the little known arena of the Indian Blind Chess. The film received a thundering success worldwide and had been shown in innumerable film festivals around the globe. Among the best accolades, it had received a special mention at the famed Durban Film Festival and had received the Dogwood Audience Film Prize at the RAI International Film Festival of Ethnographic films, Edinburgh.

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2. No Problem! Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas

Directed by Yasmin Kidwai, this film documented the chapter of rural solar electrification project run by the Barefoot College in Tilonia, a quaint village in Rajasthan. What grabbed the attention was the fact that in this scheme, it was the illiterate rural women from all over the world, particularly Africa and India, who were trained as solar engineers.

Needless to say, this film won much accolades worldwide and had even been named as the Best Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

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1. Menstrual Man

Voted among the Top Ten Audience Favorite documentaries both at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam as well as the Hot Docs, Menstrual Man is one of a kind documentary which traces the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham who decided to make sanitary pads for rural women who couldn’t afford those available in the market—thereby empowering them! This documentary, directed by Amit Virmani, was nominated for the Best Feature Documentary at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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