When a herdsman in a small village declares he has experienced a divine vision, few believe him. But in a place where drought, bad weather, limited electricity and neglect mean hope is in short supply, local politicians and media sense an opportunity…
A satire of blind devotion, the commodification of religion and the dangers of corruption set from Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni (named by Sight & Sound as one of India’s 10 essential modern directors) and starring Girish Kulkarni (Dangal), Nana Patekar (Salaam Bombay) and Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding, Maqbool, Peepli Live), Temple won three awards at India’s 59th National Film Awards (Best Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Dialogue).
+ I Cannot Give You My Forest
From acclaimed documentary makers Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl, I Cannot Give You My Forest explores the intersection between government policy, livelihood, ecology and human rights. Focusing on the Kondh adivasis of Rayagada in Orissa who demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest, a rich source of nutrition, the film emphasises the need to protect India’s forests from commercial exploitation, observing the fragile state of the country's national resources.
With thanks to Day For Night, Kavita Bahl and Nandan Saxena
Also showing in The New Indian Cinema season: Miss Lovely (2012) and Court (2014). Part of Deptford Cinema's new Silk Road Film Club strand.
- DIR. UMESH VINAYAK KULKARNI
- CAST. GIRISH KULKARNI, NANA PATEKAR, DILIP PRABHAWALKAR, SHARVANI PILLAI AND SONALI KULKARNI, NASEERUDDIN SHAH
- YEAR. 2011
- COUNTRY. INDIA
- RUN-TIME. 135 MINS
- RATING. 12
I CANNOT GIVE YOU MY FOREST
- DIR. NANDAN SAXENA & KAVITA BAHL
- YEAR. 2015
- COUNTRY. INDIA
- RUN-TIME. 29 MINS
- RATING. E
£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)