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Nero’s Guests

Directed by Deepa Bhatia | |

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Nearly 200, 000 farmers have committed suicide in India over the last 10 years. But the mainstream media hardly covers this. Nero’s Guests is a story about India’s agrarian crisis and the growing inequality seen through the work of the rural-affairs editor of The Hindu newspaper, P Sainath. Through sustained coverage of the farm crisis, Sainath and his colleagues created the national agenda, compelling a government in denial to take notice and act. Through his writings and lectures, Sainath makes us confront the India we do not want to see, and provokes us to think about who ‘Nero’s guests’ are in today’s world.

[director]Deepa Bhatia is a documentary maker and film editor based in Mumbai. She has worked with filmmakers such as Govind Nihalani (Dev, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, Deham). She has recently edited and co-produced Stanely ke Dabba directed by Amole Gupte. Her other recent works as an editor include My Name is Khan, Rock On, and Taare Zameen Par.[/director]


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