Word Within the Word

Sabad Nirantar
Rajula Shah
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English (subtitled), 74 min, 2008, India

The film looks at how the Word lives, resonating ordinary lives across centuries. Beginning from an everyday cloudy monsoon morning in the city of Bhopal, it travels to Malwa, Madhya Pradesh, (the hub of tribal India) that is also known as the second home to Pt. Kumar Gandharva, one of the greatest musicians of our time. Here within the fast altering fabric of a challenged rural life we encounter common people, age-caste-gender regardless, fighting hard to earn a square meal daily, yet keeping music alive at the bosom of a gnawing fate. Far beyond the scope of any intellectual resolve it is at once a refusal to die, and more significantly a bid to seize eternity from historic annihilation.
'Sabad Nirantar' is a crucial gateway to the India we are fast forgetting, one that is difficult to classify and categorise but simpler to understand if you hear its common folk talk. It is this human landscape within which one can aspire to come to terms with one's contemporary dilemmas stemming from learned responses, fragmented dreams.

Jyotsna Milan
Creative Crew
Gurvinder Singh, Rajula Shah
Arghya Basu, Rajula Shah
Awards and Screenings:

Horizonte Preis DOKFEST '08, Germany;

Selected Screenings:
World premiere at DOKFEST, Munich, Germany, 2008;
World Film Festival, Bangkok, 2008;
Cinema Verite Iran Int. Doc Film Festival, Tehran, 2008;
IAWRT-IIC Asia Project film festival, New Delhi, India, 2008;
Persistence Resistance Film Festival, New Delhi, 2008;
Vrittant, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 2008;
Film Appreciation Course, FTII, Pune, India, 2008;
National Film Archive, Pune, India, 2008;
Voices From the Fringe, Amsterdam, 2008;
Parnu Ethnographic Film Festival, Estonia, 2009;
Doxa Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2009;
Kerala International Video Festival, Kerala, India, 2009;
JDCA Film Forum, Bhuvneshwar, India, 2009;
Allaince Francaise, Mumbai, India, 2009;
Delhi International Ethnographic Film Festival, New Delhi, 2009;
Mumbai International Film Festival, Mumbai, 2010;