Which Documentary Will You Go For This Week?

July 29, 2013 1:02 am by

What: This rockumentary of sorts, directed by Rudradeep Bhattacharjee, puts the spotlight on the session musicians that were behind some of the biggest hits of the golden era of Hindi film music, widely acknowledged to be the period between the 1940s and the 1970s, through the Lord family, namely multi-instrumentalist Cawas Lord and his sons, arranger Kersi and percussionist Burjor. Watch the trailer here.
Organised by: Vikalp, a network of documentary filmmakers who hold a series of Monday evening screenings every month, in collaboration with Prithvi Theatre.
Where: Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu.
When: Monday, July 29, from 7pm.
How much: Free, admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

What: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is best known for being a pain in his Chinese government’s backside. This feature-length documentary by Alison Klayman, which was last screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival last October, delves deep into the dissident’s life, carving a portrait of not just an artist but an advocate fighting justly for what he believes. Watch the trailer here.
Organised by: The Root Reel, a platform through which the T-shirt-making brand showcases movies with a social and environmental message.
Where: Alliance Française, 40 Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, Churchgate. Tel: 022 2203 5993.
When: Tuesday, July 30, from 6.30pm.
How much: Free, admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

What: Directed by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, 5 Broken Cameras was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards (it lost to Searching For Sugar Man, which you might have caught this past weekend). The film chronicles the first five years of Burnat’s son, Gibreel in their West Bank village of Bil’in, and juxtaposes it with its residents’ protests and subsequent clashes with Israeli authorities over the building of a wall through their village to separate Jewish and Palestinian settlements. Watch the trailer here.
Organised by: The Dharamshala International Film Festival, in collaboration with The Root Reel and Blue Frog.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.
When: Sunday, August 4, from 8pm.
How much: Free.