Hindustan Hamara

This Country is Ours
Director: R. V. Ramani
English (subtitled), 100 min, 2014, India
A rare 'visual conversation' between two filmmakers, R. V. Ramani, a cinematographer and an auteur in his own right, and Anand Patwardhan, who for over forty years has been making and screening documentary films as an extension of his socio-political activism.
Hindustan Hamara
A still from Hindustan Hamara
Synopsis:

For over forty years now, Anand Patwardhan has been making and screening documentary films as an extension of his socio-political activism. His films deal with various issues plaguing the social fabric of the country. In what appears to be a rare encounter between two filmmakers, R. V. Ramani, a cinematographer and an auteur in his own right, decides to engage in a 'visual conversation' with Anand Patwardhan, as the latter goes about screening his films across diverse audiences in the country. The film unfolds a range of poignant perspectives around Anand’s screening events and seems to raise primary questions in documentary filmmaking and representational politics.

Producer: R. V. Ramani
Director: R. V. Ramani
Camera: R. V. Ramani, Rrivu Laha
Editing: R. V. Ramani
Sound: R. V. Ramani, Gautam Nair
About the Director:

R. V. Ramani, graduated in Physics from Mumbai University and took up photojournalism as a profession for 3 years. He then joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, specializing in Motion Picture Photography. He started making his own documentaries since 1990. With more than 20 independent impressionistic documentaries to his credit, he is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in India, having established a unique style of his own. Ramani’s films are experimental, self-reflective and deals with various aspects of expressions. He regularly conducts workshops on various aspects of documentary film-making at various Film schools. Currently he is working on many feature length documentaries and is based in Chennai.

Posted by Magic Lantern Movies LLP on February 2, 2014
 
 
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