SADHU IN BOMBAY

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Docu-fiction | 15min | Digital | 16:9 | 2016

A documentary portrait of a man, with ascetic origins, who has been radically transformed by city life.


Sometimes to get at the truth, you have to look eye to eye with the camera. But the winner of this years EMAF award shows that looking the camera in the eye and speaking directly can make the truth more complicated and difficult to face. For one thing, is the main character a real life subject or an actor? Is the director revealing reality or refabricating it? Or is there even a difference in these distinctions? This film bravely explores this grey zone in a way that isn’t gimmicky or overly self-reflexive, but open, smart and straightforward, dealing with the deceptive layers of both moving image media and social media. Energetic and curious, this work vividly addresses contemporary life in India. We are grateful to have the opportunity to view this brave work here, and hope to see more from its young and promising maker.” Jury of the EMAF Award: Nadine Bors, Kevin B. Lee and Jasmina Metwaly

On the other hand – still exploring fiction – in Sadhu in Bombay, the contamination of the documentary is more expressive and generates an ambiguous character between the film and the truth. The director Kabir Mehta brings closer the creation of a character and the construction of a narrative film that are exposed in its manufacture, skirting the limits and the power of the genre. The feedback given by this combination is controversial and collaborates with the issues that the film explores in the Indian universe.Gustavo Jardim (Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival)

“This Film puts its protagonist in the center of its topic making us unsure if revealing reality or refabricating it. We are confronted with different layers of a possible story questioning what is considered the truth when watching moving images or what is presented on social media.” Jury of NexT International Film Festival: Nick Pinkerton, Dina Jordanova, John Canciani, Cristi Iftime and Codrin Lazar.

“ A raw look into a deeply troubled character through a rather unfocused way of storytelling making it simultaneously exciting and intriguing as well easy to create an obsession with the lead characters story” Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2017 Jury: Sandra Seeling Lipski and Robert Putka


AWARDS

Winner- Best Narrative Film | 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA

Winner- Best Film | 29th European Media Art Festival, Germany

Special Mention Of Jury | 11th NexT Film Festival, Romania

Special Mention Of Jury | 4th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, USA

FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS

2017

Slamdance Film Festival, USA

Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA

Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA

Experimenta, India

Sarasota Film Festival, USA

NexT Film Festival, Romania

Third Culture Film Festival, Hong Kong

ARCIPELAGO Festival Internazionale di Cortometraggi e Nuove Immagini, Rome

Stuttgart Indian Film Festival, Germany

Nevada City Film Festival, USA

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, USA

Pelikula Obskura- Kino Punch, Philippines

2016

European Media Art Festival, Germany

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland

Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil

Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil

Cluj Shorts, Romania

Samawah Cinema, Iraq

International Cinema Libre, Germany

Torino Film Market, Italy