DIRECTOR(S): Anand Patwardhan   COUNTRY: India   YEAR: 2018   LANGUAGE(S): Hindi, Marathi, English   SUBTITLES: English   RUNNING TIME: 240 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019


Sunday, 06.10., 10.45 am, kinoeins


“The battle between faith and reason is universal and ongoing. In India, the world’s largest democracy, the ideology that murdered Mahatma Gandhi has finally captured power. Murder and mind control are being applied to dismantle a secular democracy that once aspired to the values of enlightenment and non-violence. As accusations fly of ‘eating cow meat’ or ‘treason of Mother India,’ minorities and all those who fight for the poor bear the brunt of rising Hindu majoritarianism and a complicit corporate media.
Prominent Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan fearlessly examines the far right at huge rallies where fascism is normalized, but also introduces us to rationalists who, despite appearing on hit lists, lead a growing resistance. Through his masterful lens and elaborate film architecture, this journey into detail finally reveals the big picture. It leaves us with the feeling that we’ve been to India, smelled the streets, met the people and shared the empathy that shines from many of them.” (IDFA)
REASON won the IDFA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary 2018 for “its epic storytelling of the rise of the far right in one of the most populated countries of this planet, the violence of religious and ultranationalist militias with the support of authorities and dominant medias, the dignity of resistance in multiple forms, often at life-cost, in a way that acknowledges the complexity of the situation but put it in a very understandable shape.”


Anand Patwardhan received a B.A. in English Literature from Bombay University in 1970, won a scholarship to get another B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University in 1972 and earned a Master’s degree in Communications from McGill University in 1982. Anand has been an activist ever since he was a student. He participated in the Anti-Vietnam War movement and a development and education project in central India. Since then he has been active in movements for housing rights of the urban poor, for communal harmony and participated in movements against unjust, unsustainable development, miltarism and nuclear nationalism. Anand Patwardhan is one of the most renowned documentary filmmakers in India.


Waves of Revolution (1974), Prisoners of Conscience (1978), A Time To Rise (1981), Bombay our City (1985), In Memory of Friends (1990), In the Name of God (1992), Father, Son and Holy War (1995), A Narmada Diary (1995), We are not your Monkeys (1996), Occupation: Mill Worker (1996), Ribbons for Peace (1998), Fishing: In the Sea of Greed(1998), War and Peace (2002), Images You Didn’t See (2006), Children of Mandala (2009), Jai Bhim Comrade (2012), Reason (2018)

SCRIPT: PRODUCER: Anand Patwardhan   CAMERA: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru   EDITOR: Anand Patwardhan   MUSIC: Shahir Nikam, Shital Sathe 

ORLD SALES: Shoshi Korman, Cinephil