In Search of Famine

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

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.


Release details

125 mins

Cast and crew

Mrinal Sen
Mrinal Sen
Dhritiman Chatterjee
Smita Patil
Sreela Majumdar
Gita Sen
Dipankar Dey
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