November 2004

Alternative Documentary Films

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Alternative Indian documentary is booming. There is a whole lot of creative output coming out of a wide range of film-makers, who have the skills and courage to tell the truth bluntly, just as it is. Films are becoming easier to shoot, the technology is reaching the hands of those who can use it.

But there is one crucial part of this jigsaw that is missing. There is simply no distribution channel. India is still state-controlled. Long-dominant television network, Doordarshan has little space to portray the reality of the vast majority of this country. Likewise, the growth of literally dozens of cable television channels has not opened up any more space either.

Far too rich, and growing fast
For quite some time now it has become more than apparent that there is an immense output

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