In Search of Famine

Film, Documentaries
A polemical feature from India's leading political film-maker, whose strident radicalism constrasts starkly with the liberal humanism of fellow-Bengali Satyajit Ray. In 1980, a film unit arrives in a Bengali village to film a story about the terrible famine of 1943. However, their failure to understand or communicate with the villagers threatens the viability of the project. The film-makers' intention is to recreate the dire poverty of a disabled peasant's household, yet they seem oblivious to the fact that the lot of the villagers has improved very little in the intervening years. Using this film-within-a-film device, Sen calls into question the insensitive assumptions of the privileged film-makers - an afternoon's shopping for the crew, for example, cleans out the village's vegetable market.

By: NF

Release details

Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mrinal Sen
Screenwriter: Mrinal Sen
Cast: Dhritiman Chatterjee
Smita Patil
Sreela Majumdar
Gita Sen
Dipankar Dey
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