The Department of Communication, Media and Film and the University of Calgary Film Society Present

Month – September 2017

The Cinema Travellers (2016)

When and Where: 

Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary.

About the Film:

Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running.

A film by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya.

30 minutes Q&A via Skype with Amit to follow the screening.

Press Reviews:
“Whatever masterpieces, if any, bow at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it is likely none will communicate the excitement engendered by movies more headily than The Cinema Travellers.” – Graham Fuller, Screen Guardian.

“The most involving films on film history included […] “The Cinema Travellers,” which follows exhibitors who show films in fairground tents in the remotest parts of India.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

“Although The Cinema Travelers simply could have been a sad chronicling of the struggles of a once-vibrant industry in its final throws, its triumph lies in how it also captures the magic of this unique, collective movie-watching experience.” – Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter.

“A wise and wistful documentary that puts things in perspective by inviting viewers not to think of new ripples in the landscape (e.g. Netflix and VOD) as signs of decay, but rather as the symptoms of a form that’s simply shedding its skin.” – David Ehrlich, Indie Wire.

“An evocative, subtle and heartfelt snapshot, it also refrains from sentimentality. For all the fondness for the old, there’s equal thrill of the new.” – Benjamin Lee, The Guardian.

Awards for The Cinema Travellers:

Cannes Film Festival –  L’Œil d’or: Le Prix du documentaire Special Mention

Batumi International Art House Film Festival – Best Documentary Award

New Hampshire Film Festival – Grande Jury Award

Mumbai Film Festival – Young Critics’ Choice Award and India Gold Special Mention

Hawaii International Film Festival – Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary

Anchorage International Film Festival – Doc Jury Award

Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival – Audience Prize

Documentary Edge Festival – Special Mention: Best International Director

National Film Awards India – Special Jury Award: Best Non Fiction Film

Indian Film Festival Stuttgart –  Best Documentary

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

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