Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

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AN ENGINEERED DREAM*

Directed by HEMANT KUMAR GABA | 72' | India

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Synopsis

Kota city in Rajasthan attracts 200,000 teenaged students a year from all over India, who come to attend coaching schools that help them prepare for undergraduate competitive exams of prestigious colleges. The students stay in cramped quarters and study more than 15 hours a day for two years for entrance exams that have an acceptance rate of less than one percent. The film tracks the intense pressure the students face from the coaching institutes, peers and families.

ABOUT DIRECTOR

Hemant Gaba’s debut film Shuttlecock Boys (2011) was screened in film festivals in India, US, Singapore and Australia, and considered one of the best Indian independent films at Raindance (2012). Gaba’s short film Super Girl (2014) about a school girl who wants to become a super hero was screened extensively in the international circuit. His medium-length documentary on Japanese anime subculture Japan in Nagaland was part of Film Southasia before being broadcast on Indian national television. His An Engineered Dream (2018) won The Asian Pitch funding award and has been screened internationally, and had its India premiere on History 18 Channel.

FSA Year :   2019
Runtime :  72'
Language :   Hindi,
Country :   India,
Director :   HEMANT KUMAR GABA
Producer :  
Release Year :   2018

FILM AT FESTIVAL

Selection Type: Main
Festival Edition: 2019
Award: Special Mention