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Directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya
96 min | 2016 | India | Not Rated
Presented in Hindi and Marathi with English subtitles.
As the harvest arrives in rural India, it also heralds the season of cinema. The fields lie bare, and the villagers gather breathless, anticipating the cinema lorries that have brought them the magic of the movies for seven decades. Riding one such lorry with a cinema projector and film reels in its belly is a benevolent showman. His village embraced his touring cinema for 40 years but is now tuning into television, leaving him to make a crucial decision about the fate of his peeling lorry. Many villages away, a shrewd showman, is striving to become the best in the business. Only, a green behemoth slows him down- his crumbling cinema projector. Away from the bustle, a wizened 70-year-old projector mechanic toils away to single-handedly repair all the cinema projectors of foreign make that wound up in rural India. He searches to find customers even as the murmurs of digital technology grow louder in the touring cinemas.
Seven decades ago, touring cinemas traveled the dirt roads in rural India brought them the magic of the movies in the wondrous darkness of a cinema tent. Today, even as they are burdened by the march of time and technology, can the three keepers keep the last touring cinemas of the world running?
Winner: Golden Eye Special Mention–2016 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, 2016 New York Film Festival