This Bit of That India (1972)
Directed by: S.N.S Sastry
Runtime: 20 minutes
Rating: PG13 (Some Drug References)
This Bit of That India is a layered reflection on youth culture, diversity, progress, education, technology and sexuality. The film juxtaposes documentary moments that celebrate individual freedom with a theatrical performance of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba”, as a metaphor for repression and conformity.
(Synopsis extracted from Cinéma du Réel)
The film was produced by Films Division, India.
This Freedom Life (Yeh Freedom Life) (2018)
Directed by: Priya Sen
Runtime: 70 minutes
Language: Hindi with English subtitles
Rating: R21 (Homosexual Theme)
SOUTHEAST ASIAN PREMIERE
Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar in South Delhi, This Freedom Life (Yeh Freedom Life) tries to keep up with its protagonists, as they manoeuvre erratic and unpredictable love. One of them works at a local beauty parlour, the other runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. They are surrounded by a cacophonous city; they are both in love with other women. The film accompanies them through their desire to live according to their ‘freedom lives’, outside society and family’s constant scrutiny and sanction. But this ‘freedom life’ also leaves them vulnerable to the precariousness of love, when it refuses such constraints.
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