Out of Thin Air

A documentary on Ladakh through its local cinema
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English (subtitled), 49 min, 2009, India

This is the story of a one of the most surreal, stunning and hostile landscapes in the world. It's the story of Ladakh, a Buddhist union territory of 2,70,000 people, in the northernmost frontier of India, where icy winds can freeze the tears in your eyes while your feet are burning to cinder, because at 12,000 feet above sea level, you are very close to the sun.
This is the story of Ladakh, not through the postcards that tourists often see, but through a subterranean, local film movement that's taken such strong root here in the last six years, that it's become a voice of the people.
Today, taxi drivers and grocery store owners, cops and monks, are producers-directors-camerapersons-actors of one of the youngest, and most dynamic, local film industries in the world.

Hit and Run Films
Creative Crew
Samreen Farooqui, Shabani Hassanwalia
Samreen Farooqui, Shabani Hassanwalia
Ashhar Farooqui