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Wagah

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ABOUT THE FILM

Every evening, only border crossing along the 3323 km frontier between and Pakistan becomes the site of an extraordinary event. Border guards on both sides orchestrate a parade to lower the flags. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual and afterwards the masses move as close to the gate as possible to greet their former neighbors. The film looks through the eyes of three children who sell DVDs of the parade to the onlookers. With a dream of crossing the border they remain quite unmoved by all the ‘patriotic’ madness around them.

Credit

DIRECTOR'S DATA

Nationality:
India
Activities:
Supriyo lives and works as an author and director in Kolkata. His previous works include the documentaries: "Way Back Home" (2003) and "Hope Dies Last" (2006).
"Wagah" is the last and final part of his trilogy about the partition of India and Pakistan. Supriyo is currently working on his new full length feature documentary THE NEXT BIG THING about the impact of reality tv talent shows on the traditional indian society.
Screening / Award history:
Berlin Today Award, Berlin Film Festival

Best Short Documentary, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Grand Prix, Bilbao International Film Festival

Best Documentary, German Short Film Award

Best Short documentary, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival

Best documentary, National Geographic Award, Flickerfest

Best Short Documentary and Young Jury Award, Faito Doc Fest

Best Documentary Award, Docuart, Zagreb

Best Short Film, Damascus International Film Festival

Diploma of Honour, Krakow Film Festival

Silver Lamp Tree Award, India International Film Festival, Goa

Jury & Audience Award, Humburg International Short Film Festival

Jury & Audience Award, Uppsala International Short Film Festival

Jury’s Special Mention, Huesca International Film Festival

Honorable Mention, Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival

Honorary Mention, Exground Film Festival, Wiesbaden

Audience Award, Winterthur International Short Film Festival

Public Prize, Munster International Short Film Festival

Best Documentary (Audiovisual Documentation Category), Parnu International Documentary Festival

Best Documentary, Extravagant India , Paris

Förderpreis Schnitt Award for Best Young German Editor to Szilvia Ruszev