Bilal

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English (subtitled), 87 min, 2008, India

Bilal can see but his parents cannot. He is only three years old and hardly understands what blindness is. Bilal also has a little brother, Hamza. And inside a tiny dark and dank room together they live in a curious game of seeing and not seeing. Neighbors and relatives surround them. The film tells this unusual story by observing the little boy over a year by capturing rare moments of sharing love, fun, cruelty and hope' the wonder world of Bilal.

 
Producer:
Kristiina Pervil-Andersson, Sourav Sarangi
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Somdev Chatterjee, Sourav Sarangi
Editing:
Sourav Sarangi
Sound:
Ayan Mukherjee, Pankaj Seal, Sourav Sarangi
 
Awards and Screenings:

Golden Award Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Best Documentary (Horizons) DOK.FEST, Munich 2009
Best Documentary ZIFF, Zanzibar 2009
Best Long Documentary IDSFFK, India, 2009
Best Documentary We Care Film Festival, India, 2009
Silver Ace Las Vegas International Film Festival, 2009
Jury Special Award Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre de Humberto Sol's, Cuba, 2009
Silver Palm Mexico International Film Festival, 2009
Best Feature Length Documentary Award DOCUDAYS Beirut, Lebanon, 2009
Audience Award Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults, Australia, 2009
Award for Excellence, YIDFF,Yamagata, Japan 2009
Community Cinema Award, YIDFF, Yamagata, Japan, 2009
Best Long Documentary El Ojo Cojo, Madrid, Spain, 2009
Jury Special Award, Global Film Festival, Indore, India, 2009
Jury Special Award, Jean Rouch International Film Festival, France 2010
Swarnakamal (Golden Lotus) National Film Award, India, 2010
Best Documentary, Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema, 2010