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Director: Ritwik Ghatak.

Starring: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gita De 

Ritwik Ghatak (1925 - 1976), the maverick Bengali director, has been described by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum as ‘one the most neglected major filmmakers in the world’. Set in Calcutta, his most famous film centres on a sensitive young woman who sacrifices herself to support her struggling family, refugees from East Bengal following the Partition of India. By contrast, her elder brother, a would-be singer, puts personal ambition before family duty. Withstriking imagery counterpointed by a richly imaginative soundtrack, Ghatak’s masterpiece is an undisputed classic of world cinema. Its searing depiction of the refugees’ plight is now more relevant than ever. Screening in a rare 35mm print.

 

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