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S.D. : SAROJ DUTTA AND HIS TIMES*

Directed by KASTURI BASU | 115' | India

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Synopsis

A communist poet and radical journalist, a secret State killing, an attempted revolution sparked in the village of Naxalbari at the Himalayan foothills. Setting out to tell the story of the slain revolutionary Saroj Dutta (lovingly known as comrade S.D.), the film gets drawn into a vortex of his tumultuous times, tracing turns and twists of the communist movement in India over three decades. A search by present-generation filmmakers, the film uses personal and public historical archives and conversations with rebels of the Naxalbari rebellion. Five decades later, the film holds a key to understanding the turbulent, audacious sixties and seventies in India and the world.

ABOUT DIRECTOR

Kasturi Basuis an independent documentary filmmaker, social activist, researcher, writer and editor based in Kolkata. She is a founder-member of the People’s Film Collective, and co-editor of ‘Pratirodher Cinema’, a Bengali journal on the documentary, cinema and counterculture. She has co-edited a volume ‘Toward’s a People’s Cinema: Independent Documentary and its Audience in India’ (2018) published by the Three Essays Collective, New Delhi. ‘S.D.: Saroj Dutta and His Times’ (2018) is her first feature-length documentary.

FSA Year :   2019
Runtime :  115'
Language :   English, Bengali,
Country :   India,
Director :   KASTURI BASU, MITALI BISWAS
Producer :  Kasturi Basu, Mitali Biswas, Dwaipayan Banerjee
Release Year :   2018

FILM AT FESTIVAL

Selection Type: Main
Festival Edition: 2019
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