For decades, traveling tent cinemas have been bringing films to rural audiences across India. However with the explosion of digital technology and individual screens of all kinds, these communal social events are near extinction. In Maharashtra, two exhibitors, one relatively new to the business and the other a veteran, worry what will become of their occupation. Meanwhile, Prakash, a repairman of the projectors that generations of filmgoers have relied on, is close to realizing his dream invention of a reliable, self-oiling film projector, but who will want it?
In their debut feature, directors Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya chronicle not just the inevitable end of traditional film exhibition, but also provide an elegy for an era. This moving documentary will speak to anyone who has spent time in a darkened space to be transported elsewhere. Beautifully shot and edited in a poetic and realistic style, and recognized with a Special Mention of the Golden Eye documentary award at Cannes, THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS is an unforgettable documentary about the universal magic of film going.
Q&A to follow with directors Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
- Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS is the debut feature documentary of Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya. The film premiered as an official selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize- L’Oeil d’or: Le Prix du documentaire. Since then, it has garnered wide critical acclaim and played prestigious festivals including TIFF, NYFF, Busan and IDFA. It has won seven awards.