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The World Is Family

The World Is Family

Vasudhaiva kutumbakam
Anand Patwardhan
India
2023
96 min
European Premiere
International Competition
Synopsis

Anand Patwardhan has been making documentaries about socially and politically charged subjects for more than 50 years. In 2018 he won the IDFA Award for the best feature length documentary for Reason, which examines the rise of the extreme right in his home country of India. While he stays closer to home in The World Is Family, world history is never far away. Patwardhan filmed his parents when they were elderly, and when he watches these old home movies again ten years after their death, he realizes that the story of his family extends far beyond purely personal nostalgia.

Patwardhan grew up in an artistic and political family. His mother was a respected ceramist who as a young woman had to leave her birthplace of Hyderabad, in present-day Pakistan. His father’s brothers fought for the independence of India. Both sides of the family were at the forefront of the struggle for independence and the subsequent Partition. From the moving domestic scenes of the bickering elderly couple emerges a far broader narrative—about courage, independence, and justice.

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Credits
96 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: English, Hindi, Marathi
Director
    Anand Patwardhan
    Anand Patwardhan
Production
    Anand Patwardhan
    Anand Patwardhan
Cinematography
    Anand Patwardhan,
    Simantini Dhuru
    Anand Patwardhan,
    Simantini Dhuru
Editing
    Anand Patwardhan
    Anand Patwardhan
Sound
    Anand Patwardhan,
    Simantini Dhuru
    Anand Patwardhan,
    Simantini Dhuru
Sound Design
    P.M. Satheesh
    P.M. Satheesh
Narration
    Anand Patwardhan
    Anand Patwardhan
Narrator
    Anand Patwardhan
    Anand Patwardhan
Screening copy
    Anand Patwardhan
    Anand Patwardhan

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