'The Rat Race' releases in the USA

October 09, 2013 - October 09, 2013
Location: New Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
Address: 14028 N US Highway 183, Bldg F,, Austin, TX 78717
Times: Wednesday October 9th 7:30pm
Admission: $10 tickets @ http://www.tugg.com/events/5439
Contact: Indie Meme
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Two award winning documentaries from India - 'The Rat Race' and 'Timbaktu', in Austin for one show only! These two films will leave you with a deeper understanding of an India in transition - in very different ways. With Timbaktu's inspiring portrayal of organic sustainable farming, Indie Meme is partnering with Green Gate Farms to bring this event to you.
 
Here is a brief synopsis of the two films
 
THE RAT RACE - 52mins * Director: Miriam Chandy Menacherry
Set in Mumbai, home to 14 million people and 84 million rats competing for the same space and resources, The Rat Race is a moving true life account of the city's rat killers, who set out every night armed with a torch and stick to bring back 30 dead rats before day breaks. Using the vehicle of the rat the documentary explores issues of livelihood to paint a moving account of India at the crossroads. It won critical acclaim in India and festivals the world over.
 
- Winner of the Mipdoc Co production challenge 2010, Cannes
- World premiere at International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam 2011
 
TIMBAKTU - 30mins * Directors: Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh
A land where the soil has started to breathe again A village that does not exist on the map A people who celebrate life A no-where, no-where land... When a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades-old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming, little did they know that they were planting the seeds of a silent revolution. By showcasing the exemplary efforts of farmers of a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh, Timbaktu explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty. At its heart, Timbaktu looks at the relationship that a farmer shares with her land, her seeds and raises critical questions about food, the very essence of human life.
 
- Winner of the National Award for the Best Documentary at the 60th National Film Awards India
- Best Documentary, the 5th Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur
- Best Cinematography, the Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival
 
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