The Cinema Travellers


Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30pm

This Cannes prize-winner takes viewers on a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, these mobile movie purveyors find that their audiences are being increasingly lured away by slick digital technology. “The Cinema Travellers” accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman, and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden — to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. Variety raves: “If the cinema is magic, then the nomadic projectionists and technicians of ‘The Cinema Travelers’ are its Oz-like wizards, roaming the rural Indian countryside delivering films via their ‘Traveling Talkie’ road-shows. It’s a vocation steeped in tradition and rooted in faith in the medium’s rapturous powers. And as illustrated by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s intimate, poignant documentary, it’s also one that’s undergoing a seismic transformation thanks to the emergence of the digital age. Recalling Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 Oscar winner ‘Cinema Paradiso’ in its effusive love of 20th-century celluloid splendor, this five-years-in-the-making film should entice theatrical-loving cinephiles.”

96 min.
Hindi & Marathi

Directed by

Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya

Film Category

Asian Focus International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight

Film Website

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