Around India with a Movie Camera
Archive footage tells the emotionally-resonant story of life across India pre-1947.
Please note this programme contains some strobing and flashing images.
The screening on Saturday 3 February 15:45 features a Q&A with director Sandhya Suri.
Dir Sandhya Suri
A BFI release
Drawn exclusively from the BFI National Archive, Around India features some of the earliest surviving film from India as well as gorgeous travelogues, intimate home movies and newsreels from British, French and Indian filmmakers. Taking in Maharajas and Viceroys, fakirs and farmhands and personalities such as Sabu and Gandhi, the film explores not only the people and places of over 70 years ago, but asks us to engage with broader themes of a shared history, shifting perspectives in the lead up to Indian independence and the ghosts of the past. Around India boasts a superb new score that fuses western and Indian music from composer and sarod player Soumik Datta.
Nicola Gallani, BFI UK and International Manager: Programme and Archive
Also available on BFI Player.
See our screenings of Shiraz.
Commissioned as part of UK-India Year of Culture in association with the British Council.