New York Indian Film Festival 2017

April 30-May 7, 2017

CENTERPIECE FILM: An Insignificant Man
An Insignificant Man
An Insignificant Man
An Insignificant Man
Wednesday, May 3, 6.00 pm. Theater 2 Village East, NYC.
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An Insignificant Man
New York City Premiere
2016 | India | 96 mins | Hindi (w/ English subtitles)
Directed by - Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla
Cast - Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, Santosh Koli

Post-screening discussion w/Director Khushboo Ranka & Vinay Shukla


Synopsis:At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today – Arvind Kejriwal. The fi m follows Kejriwal and his Common Man’s Party – an insurgent new polit cal party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country’s oldest and most powerful two politic l establishments. It gives an insider’s view into Kejriwal’s bran of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm.

The 100-minute film has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a fly-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, finding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party offices, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space.

Khushboo RankaAbout the Director: Khushboo Ranka has had experience in the fields of journalism, graphic design and writing for a number of years, before she moved to filmmaking. "Continuum," a short film she wrote and directed at the age of 20, won the best short film at the Hannover Film Festival. She next co-wrote the internationally acclaimed fiction feature film “Ship of Theseus.” Her versatility gave ise to her latest projects, “An Insignificant Man,” her first fea ure documentary film, and ‘Right to Pray’, a unique virtual rea ity experience, the first of its kind from India. Both films are set to premiere at TIFF 2016.

VinayVinay's persisting fascination with the Indian politics has shaped two acclaimed narrative projects for him: “Bureaucracy Sonata,” a short film he wrote and directed in 2011, which premiered at 42nd International Film Festival of India and won the HBO Best Short Film Award in New York at SAIFF 2012; and “An Insignificant Man,” a feature documentary film he shot, wrote, and directed, which will play at major international festivals in 2016. A theatre actor in the past, he featured in the internationally acclaimed film “Ship of Theseus.”

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