Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

The Nine Months

Directed by Merajur Rahman Baruah | |



In Assam dwells a form of entertainment called ‘mobile theatre’ that tours towns and villages, with the troupe carrying their own stage equipment, generators and even the auditorium in trucks. They pitch their tents in open spaces and erect a makeshift auditorium with a seating capacity for 2000 to 2500 people. An average stay in one place lasts three to four days. Each theatre troupe includes between 120 to 130 personnel including the cast and crew, musicians, electricians, cook and drivers. After rehearsing for about two months each theatre troupe travels across the state to 70 different locations and perform for 210 nights without any break, every year. This film is about the genre and aesthetics of a unique form of performing art and captures the lives of approximately 5000 people during their Nine Months of theatre.

[director]Merajur Rahman Baruah is an independent documentary filmmaker. He has done a masters degree in Sociology and Diploma in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, and a Film Appreciation course from Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. He has received the Commonwealth Vision Award 2006 for his film Beyond the Zero Line from the Royal Commonwealth Society, United Kingdom. He has also received Rajat Kamal award for the best film on social issues at the 55th National Film Awards and also best director award for his film Shifting Prophecy at the Hyderabad International film Festival 2008.[/director]



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