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Switzerland, Germany, India | 2021 | 92 mins | Hindi, Malayalam | English Subtitles
Mani, Sini and Dr. Reena are a team of counselor, nurse and doctor working for a palliative care organization in New Delhi. Within 48 hours of receiving a call through the helpline, they reach out to provide medical care and emotional support through weekly home visits. Their job is not an easy one because they can’t offer the one thing which patients and their families are desperately looking for – a cure. What they can offer instead is to assist the patient in accepting that dying is a normal process, a part of life.
Following the screening, the filmmaker Farida Pacha will be in conversation with Swati Dandekar. There will be a Q&A post their conversation.
Link to trailer.
Festivals and Awards:
• Winner Grand Jury Documentary Award, Movies that Matter, The Hague 2021
• Winner Documentary Competition, Indian Film Festival Stuttgart 2021
• Nomination Flaherty Award, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2021
• Nomination Prix de Soleure, Solothurner Filmtage 2021
• Official Selection Woche der Kritik, Berlin 2021
• Official Selection Indian Film Festival Los Angeles 2021
• Official Selection Encounters Film Festival, Johannesburg 2021
• Official Selection Indian Film Festival, Melbourne 2021
• Nomination India Gold Competition, MAMI, Mumbai 2022
Farida Pacha is a National Award winning documentary filmmaker. She was born in Mumbai, India in 1972 and studied filmmaking at Southern Illinois University, USA. Her debut feature documentary, My Name is Salt (2013), has screened at over 80 festivals and won 34 international awards including the main prizes at IDFA, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Madrid and Mumbai film festivals.
Interested in exploring the human condition, Farida approaches reality in a poetic and exploratory way. She relies on a distinctive observational style to tell intimate stories that slowly unfold over time.
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. 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.