فيلم Around India with a Movie Camera

Around India with a Movie Camera

Around India with a Movie Camera is a movie starring Sabu. The film explores life in India - both British and Indian - in the 50 years leading up to Independence in 1947.

Running Time
1 hours 12 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Sandhya Suri
Actors
Sabu
Country
UK
Year
2018
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Drawn exclusively from the BFI National Archive, Around India with a Movie Camera features some of the earliest surviving film from India as well as gorgeous travelogues, intimate home movies and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers. Taking in Maharajas and Viceroys, fakirs and farmhands and personalities such as Sabu and Gandhi, the film explores not only the people and places of over 70 years ago, but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past. Around India also features a superb new score that fuses western and Indian music from composer and sarod player Soumik Datta.

Comments about documentary «Around India with a Movie Camera» (20)

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Pamela Morgan

I love Indian culture and especially the film industry in India. I felt that this documentary was very interesting. It also showed how good Indian movies are compared to the Hollywood films. I just want to see more documentaries about the "Hollywood films". Also, I was shocked that the small budget Hollywood films are so much better than the huge budget Indian films. When I went to the Indian cinema, I was very disappointed because I had expected Hollywood films to be much better than Indian films. I hope that India will continue to produce good films. I am a very hard critic when it comes to movies. But, I really feel that the Indian film industry is doing a great job. But I feel that the Hollywood films are the best.

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Samantha Beck

Funny, educational and inspirational, it will transport you to the aukropean world of India, and thus alter your perception of the world. You will be able to understand the people and their lives as you watch, they are really different from the other people of India, a very big difference! It is a documentary which is a genuine work of love and a very important film for all people, not just for those who live in India. Enjoy it!

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Karen

I saw this documentary at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and it was wonderfully and emotionally devastating. I left the theater with the exact same feelings I had when I first saw it. We go through the individual stories of the characters and I felt the pain in their eyes when I left. I wish it could have been an entire movie, like the one I saw at the Toronto Film Festival. I also wish this documentary had been made about India and it's citizens in its own unique, yet common, way. It would have been so much more satisfying. The documentary took a lot of time to put together and was very difficult to shoot. It was not easy to find a location to film in. It was a labor of love and it was so worth it. I think the filmmakers did an excellent job of communicating the emotions of the story and using very intimate interviews with the actors and the director. My only criticism of the movie is that it is very hard to watch and I had to force myself to see it until the end, but the audience, myself included, were riveted to the screen with all of the emotions the film was provoking. I think this is a story that needs to be told. I hope to see more movies from this talented team. It was so important to the audience to see this film and understand that this is a part of India. It was a way to hear the stories of the people that live there. This was an amazing project and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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Keith

This documentary is a great view of India, a country that I have come to know and love. There is a lot of talk about the country that has little and what does exist is pretty small. A small band of artists. Musicians, artisans, craftsmen and peasants all play a part in the economy of the country. This documentary is about some of the people who make it possible for these small artists to survive. You get a chance to meet some of the producers and the workers that make this happen. We hear about the trials and hardships of the little arts industry, and how we can change it. The people in this documentary work very hard to create a small industry in a small village. They have a beautiful land, but nothing grows on it. They just grow corn and some tomatoes. It's just a simple agriculture business that's pretty successful in the small village. The people in this documentary are so humble. It's incredible to see their struggle. The photographer captures these people from the inside, showing them as they really are. The documentary is very informative, and shows us a bit of the joy and suffering that these people go through. A nice little film. I highly recommend this documentary. It's great and well done.

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Tammy Morrison

This is a true story. I just watched it today. A true story that really got me thinking about the issues. The film itself was a real gem. All the actors acted very well and very human. The film is a must watch.

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Tammy

This is a highly entertaining documentary about Indian theater. It gives an inside look at the bizarre habits of the actors, and their relationships with each other. For a while it looked like there was a possible short story, but it is otherwise a short film. Even though there is a lot of humor in it, it is serious, almost sober. It gets you interested in the actors. Especially interesting is the relationship between the students and the director, whose life revolves around his student actors. He loves them so much, that he also hates them. It's nice to see that there is a chance for someone to have a life without leaving their parents. The director is also dealing with his own problems, but even if he is not an actor, he is a student. At first I was confused, as to why there is no mention of the director, but after I understood that he has his own problems. All this is true and it shows the path the director has chosen. It shows the path of the students to their graduation, how the director tries to fix the relationship with the students. I love this movie and I hope you do, too.

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Bryan Gray

The film is a must see for those who love the story of "The Secret" and the song of "Nim" as the text is just perfect for the movie.It is a bit of a miracle for the world that this song still keeps on winning.I had heard that this song was already the title song in many countries. I don't know why but when I saw the film it reminded me of another film, "Lola" with the same story and the same song, but also "The Secret" is a real masterpiece.The soundtrack is also a must. All the scenes in the movie are unforgettable.I recommend this film for all the people who like film history, Indian culture and also the history of music.

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Dorothy

This is a documentary, if you don't like that you will probably be very disappointed with it. The main idea is to make sure that the viewer, not lose himself in the story, feels all the way through. The art director, who is a pioneer in the field, has made a very good film about a period in his life, from his earliest memories to his younger years. I can see that the time was important, but I would like to point out that the way he captured it is very well. The movie has its minor flaws, but overall, its a very good documentary, with an important message, which I have found on many different websites and websites. I am sure it will be of interest for all people interested in this subject. If you like to learn about this topic, or if you are not interested in the subject, it is a good film to watch. This is a film you should see. It is a very good film, and will make you appreciate a little bit more the richness of art and the complexity of human feelings and thoughts.

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Sarah F.

This documentary was probably a labor of love for the subject. We have all watched foreign movies with strong religious themes that may have been inspired by "The Indian Bible", but it does not mean it is not a good movie. If there is no religion, there is no religion. If you are only trying to make a movie that is culturally or religiously relevant, this is not the right one. But if you are trying to make a movie for your children, your grand-children, or any generation beyond, this documentary is for you. It should be used by any filmmaker or religious group interested in making a movie that can be applicable to their audience.

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Amy D.

Simply, this is an amazing documentary on the life of Laxmikant Menon. Laxmikant Menon, the last man to walk on the moon. Laxmikant Menon is an American rocket scientist, who studied at MIT, a century ago. His father is an influential Indian leader and he is in love with his neighbor. He loves the country. He just finished his last journey on the moon and this documentary is just an introduction on his journey and the story of how he got to the moon. You see Laxmikant Menon walks, talks, works, talks about his life, and takes a few steps to the moon. For all those who want to get to know about space travel, this documentary is just for you. But also for those who have some knowledge about Laxmikant Menon, this documentary is for you. Watch it, and enjoy.

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Philip M.

This is the best documentary film I've ever seen. This film shows how poor the working class people were back in India in the 50s and 60s, and how everything was 'handicapped' and no-one dared to say it. There were other kinds of things being sold back then, but the chief focus of the film is about the prostitution and the way it was exposed. There is a scene where a man is making love to a woman. She is afraid, but she can't stop him, because he has no money and no friends. The film shows how these people have been transformed in that short period of time, and how they are now more conscious, and more open minded, and how a lot of work has been done to improve conditions for the rest of the world. The movie can be seen as a plea for the improvement of conditions of the working class, for change. I think this documentary film is very very important, because of how much it highlights the problems of working class people in India back then. It is very hard to see a lot of things and not be aware of them. This documentary film is definitely one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. This film should be shown in schools to show people how things were back in India. I recommend to everyone, that they should watch this film.

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Steven Obrien

Just an extremely well made film. I wish this could be made available to more people. This is an amazing documentary. It is amazing to see how the Pakistani government was responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million innocent civilians. It's very disturbing to see how the Pakistani government allowed the refugees to escape the country to escape the wrath of the Pakistani government. I thought the film was very informative and a lot of information was given. This was definitely a great film. This documentary is definitely a must see. Please make this documentary available to all.

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Jane Martinez

I'd like to tell all of the people who have been waiting to see the documentary about the life and times of Sir George Martin, that it is very touching, fascinating, informative, funny, touching, sentimental, touching, funny, sentimental, and great. I would have loved it even more if I had known about George Martin's little sister. She was always proud of her brother. She even made a compilation of his songs. I hope it's the same for all of the other people who are interested in the documentary.

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Dennis S.

A great movie. This is the first time i have seen India with a movie camera.A lot of people say that i am not a Indian. And to them, i say: NO I AM AN INDIAN. They should see this movie. My biggest compliment would be to Mr. N.R. Raghavan. To him, i say: I am grateful to you. To me, India with a movie camera is a testimony of what India has to give us. Thank you Mr. Raghavan. All my best, Sri I owe you a lot. And as always, S.I.T.

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Victoria Fuller

We are a family that owns a small but very beautiful country house in the English countryside. We are very active members of the local club and would like to be able to travel overseas. My husband works overseas for a Bank and as a result we travel around the world often, both as a couple and as an expat. We are looking to expand our cultural opportunities. We would like to explore the tropical islands of Borneo, the Palawan Islands, or the Philippines. We are planning to make a documentary about the cultures in these countries. It would be a great resource for new friends and an excellent experience for those who are already living there. I don't want to say too much about the subjects I will explore. This will be a feature length documentary, that would be broadcasted to my friends in the local community, to help build their understanding of the people of these countries. The subjects will be based on real experiences, and might also include some of the people and their families. I will have several interviews with local people, especially the mothers, daughters, and other female relatives. I will try to make it as enjoyable as possible, with the help of some friends who have done some research on these cultures. I hope to shoot a feature length documentary in about 6 months. This would be a great way to learn about these cultures, to meet some of the people involved in their development, and perhaps to get a sense of the differences in culture between countries where you do not share similar attitudes toward the "native" culture.

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Jeffrey

For those who believe that the adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is not applicable in the world of theatre, this documentary is for you. In a world where all new technologies are new, innovating, and a new trend is the new thing, this film is a must watch. This film is not a novel but the impact of new technologies and the resulting effects on the arts are incredibly evident in this documentary. Cinematic art, a word that is rarely used in reference to the arts, is explored in this documentary and the film maker touches on many facets of this art, both on the stage and in the cinema. A great deal of attention is given to the film makers and actors, showing how the craft of film-making is so closely tied to the art itself. And it is not just actors but also the audience that has a lot to gain from this documentary, as the audience has an opportunity to discover the impact that technology has on art. And while the best documentaries are the ones that leave you breathless and speechless, this documentary has an impact on you in the theater, and on the people watching it at home. I have watched this documentary a few times and each time I see it I'm left breathless with emotion. I think this is one of the best documentary I have ever seen. I encourage you to watch it. I hope you enjoy this film as much as I did.

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Doris W.

I am not an english speaker, but after watching this, I have to write this comment for all people. I am a few years old, but I'm like any other Indians, a brat. However, I found this documentary amazing. It was very interesting to watch a documentary that was not about a specific country, it was about a tribe in India. The truth is, there is no such thing as a universal language. Everyone is different, even in Indian country. I am proud to say that the film makers have done a good job in showing the truth and made it easy to understand. I recommend this movie to every one, because if you want to be educated about India, this is the documentary to watch.

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Gregory Lawrence

I don't have much to say about this documentary. The documentary is for people like me. It is a wonderful film that gives you a taste of India, of its culture, of its people. The film really gave me a great taste of India. I loved the country and I enjoyed being there. I thought this documentary gave a wonderful insight to the people of India and the movie itself is a very good one to share with your friends and family. You must see this movie, I strongly recommend it.

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Timothy Gordon

I can't imagine a single day of my life without the great Sid Shah ever watching the movie. You are truly the king of movies. No words can be enough to describe the movie. You truly have the power to make people laugh, cry and even laugh with you. What's so special about you? This is your movie! Watch this movie over and over again. You will become an instant fan of Sid. And as long as you stay alive, this movie will stay with you forever. No matter what the world throws at you, you will never forget the Great Sid Shah.

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Ryan M.

Beautifully shot, rich in visual details, and well balanced. But if you are interested in a film with a story, don't bother. The story is told in a very linear and neat way, with very little panache or graphic images. But it is rich in "acting" - excellent acting. It is a very real and humane film, in every way. The greatest strength of the film is the film itself - in every sense of the word. There are no flashy special effects, no melodramatic story, no very large, beautiful epic scenes. This film is very well made, in the traditional sense, and it is a true testament to the power of the great European cinema.