India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
in collaboration with
presents a screening of
The Cinema Travellers
Duration: 96 minutes | Language: Hindi & Marathi (with English Subtitles)
Amit Madheshiya, one of the filmmakers, will be present for a discussion
April 27, 2017 | 07:00 PM | Everest Talkies
1, Kenchappa Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore - 560005
Join us for the screening of The Cinema Travellers by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya at Everest Talkies, on April 27, 2017! The Cinema Travellers is an unforgettable documentary on the last surviving tent cinemas or tambu talkies, in the county.
Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden - to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running.
Shirley and Amit received a grant from IFA in 2008 towards research and photo-documentation of the tambu talkies/tent cinemas that follow the route of the religious jatras/fairs in Maharashtra. Their research exercise included stunning photo-documentation of the tent cinema circuit, its audience, and the associated cultural ephemera. The Cinema Travellers was born out of this research, and Shirley and Amit's continued engagement with the subject. We are delighted to have been a small part of their journey.
The Cinema Travellers won the Special Jury Award in the Non-Feature category at the 64th National Film Awards.
The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the L'Å’il d'or Special Mention: Le Prix du documentaire award. The Cinema Travellers was pitched at the 2013 Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket and has been invited to play at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, and 2016 New York Film Festival.