India Retold: Dialogues with Independent Documentary Filmmakers in India (Hardcover)

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By Rajesh James (Editor), Sathyaraj Venkatesan (Editor)
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India Retold: Dialogues with Independent Documentary Filmmakers in India is an attempt to situate and historicize the engagement of independent documentary filmmakers with the postcolonial India and its discourses with a focus on their independent documentary practices. Structured as an interview collection, the book examines how these documentary filmmakers, though not a homogeneous category, practice their independence through their ideology, their filmmaking praxis, their engagement with the everyday and their formal experiments. As a sparsely studied filmmakers, the book through meticulously tracing a wide ranging historical transitions (often marked by communal conflicts and the forces of globalization) not only details the ways in which independent filmmakers in India address the questions of postcolonial nation and its modernist projects but also explores their idiosyncratic views of these filmmakers which are characterized by a definitive departure from the logic of commercial films or state-sponsored documentary films. More important in many ways, these documentary filmmakers expose incongruences in national institutions and programs, embrace the voice of the underrepresented, and thus, imagine an alternative vision of the nation. During the last three years of the execution of the project, thirty Indian documentary filmmakers are interviewed in this book. Given the dearth of quality interviews and little theoretical engagement with documentary as a genre, this book would not only fill in the gap in scholarship but also would serve as an authentic guide for interested readers and for documentary filmmakers alike.

About the Author

Rajesh James is an independent documentary filmmaker and an Assistant Professor of English at Sacred Heart College, Kochi, India. His major documentary films include In Thunder, Lightning and Rain (2019) Naked Wheels (2017) and Zebra Lines (2014). Shaped by the conventions of cinema verite and ethnography, his key thematic concerns are gender, caste and, subalternity as refracted through the prism of labour. He was awarded Riyad Wadia Award for the Best Emerging Filmmaker, India in 2017. Sathyaraj Venkatesan is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India. He is the author of five books and over eighty-five research publications that span African American literature, health humanities, graphic medicine, film studies, and other literary and culture studies disciplines. He is most recently co-author of Gender, Eating Disorders and Graphic Medicine (2020).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501352676
ISBN-10: 1501352679
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: July 29th, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English