The Cinema Travellers | Denver Film Society | Shirley Abraham | Amit Madheshiya | India

The Cinema Travellers

Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya

Hindi, MarathiEnglish SubtitlesIndia201696 min

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A tender yet unflinching elegy for the tent cinemas that have toured rural India for decades, this immersive documentary also considers the societal changes behind their demise.

Directors Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya spent years in Maharashtra following their celluloid-loving crews. Take Bapu, who tows his rusted green truck-cum-projection booth from one village to another, where locals often ignore his barker-like summons in favor of watching newer movies on tiny TVs. And repairman Prakash, who beguiles us with a demonstration of the projector he invented that may never sell. But on the faces of their dwindling audiences, the enchantment of the cinema remains palpable. Whether drawing back to show carnivals in dusty villages or closing in on the vanishing breed of entertainer who stages them, the camera dwells lovingly on the care and persistence needed to keep film alive on an antiquated 35mm projector.

Producer: Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya | Editor: Amit Madheshiya | Cinematographer: Amit Madheshiya

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