South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Film Screening: Rat Race & Timbaktu

Wed, October 9, 2013 | Austin, TX at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

7:30 PM

Movie presentation of The Rat Race & Timbaktu

THE RAT RACE, 52mins (Director: Miriam Chandy Menacherry, Runtime: 52 mins) Set in Mumbai, home to 14 million people and 84 million rats competing for the same space and resources, The Rat Race is a moving true life account of the city's rat killers, who set out every night armed with a torch and stick to bring back 30 dead rats before day breaks. Using the vehicle of the rat the documentary explores issues of livelihood to paint a moving account of India at the crossroads. It is the rare documentary that got a theatre release in 3 Indian metros and won critical acclaim in India and festivals the world over. Winner of the Mipdoc Co production challenge 2010, Cannes World premiere at International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam 2011 Winner `best documentary’’ at The International Documentary and Short Festival of Kerala 2012 Official Selection DMZ Korean International Film Festival 2012 Winner of the Audience Award at the River to River Florence Indian Festival 2012 TIMBAKTU, 30mins (Directors: Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh, Runtime: 30 mins) A land where the soil has started to breathe again A village that does not exist on the map A people who celebrate life A no-where, no-where land... When a small farming community in South India decided to switch from their decades-old practice of chemical agriculture to organic farming, little did they know that they were planting the seeds of a silent revolution. By showcasing the exemplary efforts of farmers of a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh, Timbaktu explores critical issues of food security and sovereignty. At its heart, Timbaktu looks at the relationship that a farmer shares with her land, her seeds and raises critical questions about food, the very essence of human life. Winner of the National Award for the Best Documentary at the 60th National Film Awards of India Best Documentary, the 5th Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur Best Cinematography, the Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival.

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