A Village Waits

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A village in the hills of Northeast India on the Indo-Myanmar border, Tora. People here have been living their lives following the rhythms of the agricultural seasons, their evenings spent in darkness and semi-darkness punctuated by small solar lamps. When the Electricity Department announces that the village might get electrified, there is a mixed response from the people as they have been let down too many times in the past. Can they dare to believe that this time around the promise made to them will be kept? The film gently traverses through Tora sharing glimpses of life and encouraging the viewer to wonder about what will be gained with the coming of electricity and what might be lost even as the village waits.

Director Anirban Dutta / Anupama Srinivasan
Location India
Duration 28 min.
Genre Human Interest / Social Issue / Rural issue
Air Date (JST) Mon., May 21, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Mar. 12, 2018

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Anirban Dutta & Anupama Srinivasan

Debanjan Sengupta


ANIRBAN DUTTA is a filmmaker, still photographer and a media educator based in Delhi, India. He started his career in television in 1996, and set up the film company, Metamorphosis in 2003.
He has directed and produced several documentary films and created many photographic essays on diverse topics such as philately, children’s rights, environmental issues, health, and gender and sexuality.
His films have travelled to various film festivals such as New York Short Film Festival, the San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, Al Jazeera International Film Festival, and MIFF. He has been a Visiting Artist at the University of Boise, Utah, USA (2009), Stanica Slovakia (2013) and exhibited in University of Lima, Peru (2007) in addition to having exhibitions in India. He spent 2008-2010 in Nagaland and Manipur mentoring artists and filmmakers.

ANUPAMA SRINIVASAN is a freelance filmmaker based in Delhi, India. She did her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and studied Film Direction at FTII, Pune. She has been making documentaries for the past 18 years on themes like gender, music and education, often shooting and editing her own work.
Her films have been screened at many film festivals including 100 Years of Cinema Centenary Festival, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, FIPA Biarritz, Mumbai International Film Festival, ImagineIndia Madrid and Kara Filmfest. The documentary ‘Nirnay’ that she co-directed and edited won the Most Innovative Film Award at MIFF 2014.
She has been visiting faculty at institutions such as NID Ahmedabad, Ashoka University and SACAC, New Delhi. She was the Festival Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for three years (2013-15).


Anirban's Filmography:
Tales of Stamps (30 min, 2016),
5 Exchange Lane (19min, 2015),
Beyond the Mountains (18 min, 2010),
The Mud House (19min, 2011),
Shadows of Tehri (47min, 2003)

Anupama's Filmography:
Nirnay (2012, 56min),
I Wonder… (70min, 2009),
On my Own Again (30min, 2007),
On my Own (30min, 2002)

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