As a part of our cinema retrospect series on landmark films and filmmakers, this edition of IndiEarth OnScreen in association with The Cinema Resource Centre (TCRC) will highlight one of the most complex and prolific documentary filmmakers of the ‘60s – S Sukhdev.
Date: 5th March 2015 (Thurs)
Venue: Ashvita Bistro, Bawa Road (off TTK Rd.), Alwarpet, Chennai.
Conversations and audience interaction after the screening to follow.
AND MILES TO GO…
14 min/ B&W / 1965 / English
A scathing view on the inequalities of our young nation; Sukhdev, working within the state run Films Division went on to make a film that was far removed from propaganda.
The Last Adieu
90 min/ Color /2014/ English, Hindi (English subtitles)
Awards: National Film Award for Best Historical Reconstruction/Compilation Film, more
Genres: Biographical film, Historical fiction
The film is a personal quest of a filmmaker daughter to unravel the past and make a connection with her filmmaker father, S. Sukhdev, who died suddenly at the age of 46, leaving behind a huge body of work and an unresolved relationship with his daughter.
While he was an accomplished filmmaker in the public eye, his family had another story to tell. With the help of archival audio recordings, old photographs and Sukhdev’s films, Shabnam endeavours to construct a picture of her father as she struggles to love and respect him for who he was.
The film is an important record of a phase in documentary history that inspired and paved the way for the new wave in non-fiction narratives, and pays homage to S. Sukhdev, an important filmmaker who revolutionized Documentary filmmaking in India in the mid 60’s, right through the 70’s.
Producer — Films Division
Direction — Shabnam Sukhdev
Editing — Jabeen Merchant
Sound Design and Sound Mixing — Mohandas VP
Camera — Ashwin Shukla
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