This or That Particular Person

Director: Subasri Krishnan
English (subtitled), 26 min, 2012, India
This or That Particular Person
A still from This or That Particular Person

The documentary film This or That Particular Person is a mediation on the notion of personhood as seen by the Indian State. It does so by examining the Unique Identification number (UID or Aadhar) project that was introduced in India in 2009. Through the lens of the UID, the film looks at what identity documents mean to people, and how the Aadhar project is perceived. 'This or That Particular Person' is also a conversation with the State about ideas of inclusion, exclusion, surveillance and citizenship.

Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Director: Subasri Krishnan
Camera: Amit Mahanti
Editing: Amit Mahanti
Sound: Priya Sen
  • Best Short Documentary, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 2013
Select Screenings:
  • Official Selection, Documentary Competition, 7th John Abraham National Awards, Signs, 2013
About the Director:

Subasri Krishnan, an alumuni of Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, has been an independent documentary filmmaker for the past 10 years. She also heads the Media Lab of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS).

Her filmmaking work has ranged from a number of commissioned non-fiction films on rights based issues to documentary films. Her first documentary film Brave New Medium on internet censorship in South-East Asia, has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. The award-winning This or That Particular Person was adjudged as the Best Short Documentary Film at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK), 2013. Her forthcoming film (in production) looks at the idea of violence and memory. She will be exploring this idea through the Nellie massacres that took place in Assam in the early 1980s.

In 2008, she was awarded the George Washington University's International Documentary Filmmaker Fellowship. Subasri is a recipient of the Charles Wallace short-term research and professional grant for 2012. She has also been awarded the Film Fellowships of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust twice, 2011 and 2013.

Posted by Magic Lantern Movies LLP on February 2, 2014
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