Nero's Guests

English (subtitled), 56 min, 2009, India

From farms to fashion shows, from college campuses to the countryside, a film that looks at India's growing inequality and our own complicity in its creation. Nearly 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India over the last 10 years. But the mainstream media hardly reflects this.
 
'Nero's Guests' is a story about India's agrarian crisis and the growing inequality seen through the work of the Rural Affairs Editor of Hindu newspaper, P. Sainath.
 
Through sustained coverage of the farm crisis, Sainath and his colleagues created the national agenda, compelling a government in denial to take notice and act.
 
Through his writings and lectures, Sainath tries to make us see the real India, and provokes us to think who are the "Nero's Guests" in today's world.
 
'Nero's Guests' has been shot in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Nagpur and Vidarbha in Maharashtra.

 
Producer:
Deepa Bhatia
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Amol Gole
Editing:
Abhro Banerjee, Erez Laufer
Sound:
P. M. Satheesh
Music:
Shailendra Barve
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
FIPRESCI Critics Award, Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2010
Jury, Special Mention, Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2010
Jury, Special mention, IFFLA, Los Angeles, 2010
Best Documentary, Cinestrat, Spain, 2010
Best Documentary, Indian Film Festival, London, 2010
Silver, Audience Award, Amnesty Film Festival, Vancouver, 2010
Gold Medal for Best Documentary, IDPA, Mumbai/India, 2010
Best Documentary, John Abraham National Award, SIGNS, Kerala/India, 2011

Screenings :
IDFA, Amsterdam, 2009
Human Rights Watch, London, 2010
Planete Doc, Warsaw, 2010
Documenta Madrid, Madrid, 2010
Human Rights Watch, New York, 2010
Documentarist, Istanbul, 2010
Take One Action, Edinburgh, 2010
Lens Politica, Finland, 2010
Tri-Continental Film Festival, South Africa, 2010
One World Film Festival, Canada, 2010
Kerala International Film Festival, Kerala/India, 2010
Movies That Matter, Amsterdam, 2011