The Cinema Travellers
Director: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya Run time: 96 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15 Language: Hindi & Marathi with English Subtitles | Year: 2016 | Country: India
This Cannes prize-winning documentary is an intimate and emotional journey with the travelling cinemas of India, which yearly bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages. Filmed over five years, it accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who all bear a beautiful burden: to keep the last travelling cinemas of the world running.
Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya
Shirley Abraham, Director
Shirley is interested in how cinema can give form to the many faces of the human imagination. She has previously explored this through the story of an acid attack survivor who dreams of one day wearing a red dress again and a young boy who imagines himself a hip hop star but must keep it a secret from disapproving parents. Shirley has directed documentaries for the Guardian, Al Jazeera English and Doordarshan India. Her work is supported by the Sundance Institute, Bertha Foundation, Filmmaker Fund, PMA WorldView, and Asian Network of Documentary. She has been a fellow of the Sundance Institute, India Foundation for the Arts and Goethe-Institut.
Amit Madheshiya, Director,
Amit Madheshiya studied English Literature at Hindu College, New Delhi. He is a photographer and filmmaker based in Mumbai. His photographs have won awards from World Press Photo (2011), World Photography Awards (2011 and 2009), Commonwealth Photographic Awards (2011) and Humanity Photo Award (2009). His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute, Goethe-Institut, India Foundation for the Arts, National Foundation of India, Arts Council of England and the University of Heidelberg. Shirley and Amit co-founded Cave Pictures in 2015. The Cinema Travellers is their debut feature.