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Filming Reality
The Independent Documentary Movement in India



© 2015 | 320 pages | SAGE India
An informative read about the incredible journey of the independent documentary film movement in India.

Filming Reality
explores the independent documentary film movement in India post-1970s, when it began to acquire an identity of its own and many films got worldwide recognition. It analyses notable documentaries made over the last four decades, including those by iconic film-makers such as Satyajit Ray, Mani Kaul, Anand Patwardhan; activists such as Rakesh Sharma, Ranjan Palit, Amar Kanwar; feminists such as Deepa Dhanraj and Madhusree Dutta; and auteurs such as Sanjay Kak, R.V. Ramani and others. Featuring a compilation and analysis of noted and rare documentaries, this book is of immense value to film buffs, film scholars and film-makers.
 
List of Images
 
On a Personal Note
 
I. INTRODUCTION: WHY INDEPENDENT FILMS?
 
II. OF LIVES AND HISTORIES: KNOWN AND LITTLE KNOWN
 
Introduction
 
Lives: Known
 
Lives: Lesser Known
 
Conclusion
 
III. THE ETHNOGRAPHICAL FILM: A CINEMA FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE
 
Background
 
Introduction
 
Gathering Momentum
 
Case Studies
 
When Does an Ethnographical Film Become an Investigative Film or a Political Statement?
 
Conclusion
 
IV. THE RAY FACTOR
 
Ray’s Documentary Films
 
Films on Ray
 
Conclusion
 
V. THE MILESTONE MAKERS
 
Introduction
 
Anand Patwardhan
 
Amar Kanwar
 
Rakesh Sharma
 
Sanjay Kak
 
Ajay Raina
 
Ranjan Palit
 
Supriyo Sen
 
Joshy Joseph
 
Krishnendu Bose
 
Other Pillars
 
Conclusion
 
VI. DIALOGUES IN DIVERSITY: WOMEN FILM-MAKERS
 
Introduction
 
Criteria of choice
 
Conclusion
 
VII. POSITIVE DOCUMENTARIES ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
 
Introduction
 
Some Examples
 
Conclusion
 
VIII. OUT OF THE BOX
 
Introduction
 
Out of the Box
 
Conclusion
 
Summing Up
 
Bibliography
 
Index of Films
 
Index

Far beyond being a listing exercise, rather it provides an in-depth study of each film-maker and their body of work…a testimony to the causes and concerns that film-makers espouse and the issues that they want to create awareness about…. The book is perhaps the most comprehensive commentary yet on India’s independent documentary films…a vital and timely document that brings to the limelight the chronicles of untold stories.

Frontline, 13th November 2015

Books on Indian documentaries are rare and an effort such as veteran journalist Shoma A Chatterji’s “Filming Reality” looks particularly at the Independent Documentary Movement in India is indeed welcome… [The book] opts for a eulogistic tone, commending the remarkable courage and persistence of documentary filmmakers in India… making it a useful resource for researchers and film lovers.

The Book Review, March 2016

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Shoma A. Chatterji

Dr Shoma A. Chatterji is a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata. She has won two National Awards for Best Writing on Cinema—Best Film Critic in 1991 and Best Book on cinema in 2002. She won the Bengal Film Journalists Association’s Best Critic Award in 1998, the Bharat Nirman Award for excellence in journalism in 2004, a research fellowship from the National Film Archive of India in 2005–2006 and a Senior Research Fellowship from the PSBT Delhi in 2006–2007. She has authored 22 books on cinema and gender and has been a member of jury at several film festivals in India and abroad. She holds a master’s degree in... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351502876