Programme 2018

Bird of Dusk (Shondher Pakhi)

Director: Sangeeta Datta


Section: India Story

Country: India | Year: 2018

Language(s): Bengali, English, Hindi | Time: 97 mins

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Indian writer- director Rituparno Ghosh from Bengal is a larger than life cultural icon whose influence spread far beyond his films. This documentary is pegged on the director’s own interviews and conversations (from archives) and his personal memoirs entitled First Person. Conversations with cast and crew feature Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Aparna Sen, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Nandita Das, Arjun Rampal, Konkona Sen and Mir. Ghosh’s core crew cinematographer; Aveek Mukhopadhyay, editor Arghyakamal Mitra and music composer; Debajyoti Mishra discuss his craft of filmmaking. International festival curators (Berlin/London/Spain) endorse the filmmaker’s position in the world cinemascape. Rituparno lived and worked in the city of Kolkata which he loved dearly. His life and works are a product of his city and its culture. The story of Rituparno is interrelated to the changing cityscape of Kolkata as the film is shot over the course of a year.

Director's Bio

Sangeeta Datta is a writer-director-musician working between India and the UK. Her award winning films include Life Goes On (2011) and The Way I See It (2001), and the stage musicals The Dying Song and Giitanjali. Her recent documentary, Bird of Dusk (2018), has had international premieres and is currently in the festival circuit.

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