Cannes prize-winning The Cinema Travellers is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. The film has won ten national and international awards.
Cannes prize-winning Shirley Abraham is a documentary film maker. Her work is supported by the Sundance Institute, Bertha Foundation, Filmmaker Fund, PMA WorldView, and Asian Network of Documentary. She has previously directed documentaries for the Guardian and Al Jazeera, English. She has been a fellow of Sundance Labs, Cluster of Excellence “Asia Europe in a Global Context”, TasveerGhar, India Foundation for the Arts and Goethe-Institut.
Amit Madheshiya is a photographer and Cannes prize-winning filmmaker. His photographs have won awards from World Press Photo (2011) and World Photography Awards (2011 and 2009). His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He is a fellow of Sundance Institute, Goethe-Institut, India Foundation for the Arts, National Foundation of India, Arts Council of England and the University of Heidelberg.