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Documentary | 2021 | 67 mins | Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Manipuri, Punjabi | English subtitles
‘Borderlands’ brings together six characters whose lives are defined by personal and political borders, from across the Indian subcontinent. Through conversations and observations, the characters reveal their efforts to find meaning in a world beyond their control. Divided families meet, love blossoms across borders, traffickers get caught – in this slice of life documentary.
The film has won several awards, including:
– “Best Editing” in the Non-Feature category at the 68th National Film Awards 2022
– “Jury Award for Best Documentary”, at the DC South Asian Film Festival 2022
– “Special Mention” in the category documentary, at the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart 2021
The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Samarth Mahajan and the editor, Anadi Athaley, moderated by Swati Dandekar. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
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Samarth Mahajan is a non-fiction filmmaker, passionate about telling human stories from India that remain invisible to the mainstream. ‘The Unreserved’, his national award-winning debut feature about passengers of the third class in Indian Railways, premiered at Film Southasia 2017 and received broadcast & theatrical releases in India. ‘Kazwa’, his short documentary on sustainable rural tourism through fireflies, won awards at multiple international film festivals.
Anadi Athaley is a film editor and producer. He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India specialising in Film Editing. His first film as a producer-editor, ‘Mor Mann Ke Bharam’ won the Jury special prize at the 17th Mumbai Film Festival in 2015. His second film, ‘Ralang Road’ premiered at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2017, as part of the main competition. Apart from feature films, he has also collaborated on a number of short films including ‘Detour’ by Sumi Mathai, ‘Daaravtha’, directed by Nishant Roy Bombarde, that won a National Award for Best Film by a Debut Director in 2015. He has been involved with many non-fiction films with the production company Camera and Shorts, editing films like ‘Kazwa: A million lanterns’, ‘In search of Rhythm’ and ‘The Unreserved’ which won the National Award for Best On-location Sound for a non-feature film in 2017. His latest film with the same company, ‘Borderlands’, directed by Samarth Mahajan, received the National Award for Best Editing in the non-feature category for 2020.
His recent work as a co-editor on the non-fiction series, ‘Murder in a Courtroom: Indian Predator’, directed by Umesh Kulkarni, is currently streaming on Netflix. He has been involved in multiple OTT shows that are in various stages of production.
Swati Dandekar is a documentary filmmaker and a film educator based in Bangalore, India, with a special interest in creating visual narratives of the living history around her, of people, places, ideas, traditions, practices, and the continuous process of change. Her film ‘Water and a City’ was widely screened in India and abroad and is part of the curriculum for courses in water management and development studies. In addition, she has been closely involved with designing media for education. As a founder trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, she has been actively screening documentary films and curating festivals in Bangalore city for over fifteen years. Swati heads the Film programme at the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.