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In Search of Famine

Original title
Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Famine)
Year
Running time
115 min.
Country
India India
Director
Screenwriter
Mrinal Sen (Story: Amalendu Chakraborty)
Music
Salil Choudhury
Cinematography
K.K. Mahajan
Cast
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Producer
D.K. Films
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
In September 1980, a film crew comes to a village to make a film about a famine, which killed five million Bengalees in 1943. It was a man made famine, a side- product of the war, and the film crew will create the tragedy of those millions who died of starvation. The film documents the convivial life among the film crew and the hazards, problems and tension of film making on location. The actors live a double life, and the villagers, both simple and not-so-simple folk watch their work with wonder and suspicion. But as the film progresses, the recreated past begins to confront the present
Awards
1981: Berlin: Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize and Interfilm - Otto Dibelius Award
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