Caption: IN COMPETITION
RAAG SARKARI (Bureaucracy Sonata), BLOOD RELATIVE
Venue: SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street)
Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Duration: 72 mins
Show Time: 7:00PM-8:45PM
|General Admission:||$15.00||Post-film Q&A with director Vinay Shukla and assistant director Khushboo Ranka (Bureaucracy Sonata) and Post-film Q&A with director Nimisha Mukerji and producer Mark Ratzlaff (Blood Relative)|
This riveting cinema verite documentary follows the remarkable story of Indian activist Vinay Shetty, who fights to save two children dying from the inherited disease Thalassemia, which leads to severe anemia and requires expensive medications and medical treatment. Inspirational and gripping, the film reveals the power of the human spirit as Shetty sacrifices personal relationships and his own finances to fund his charity and to bring attention to an illness that is prevalent in India, but little known throughout the rest of the world.
About The Director
Nimisha Mukerji is an award-winning director whose debut feature 65_RedRoses was hailed by The New York Times as "illuminating... an affecting, unnerving portrait of one family's encounter with the harshest of realities." It went on to be officially selected for Oprah Winfrey's Documentary Club on OWN USA and won top prizes at the Hot Docs International Film Festival (2010 Don Haig Award), and the Vancouver International Film Festival (Audience Award Best Canadian Film and Best Documentary). At the 2010 Banff World Television Awards 65_RedRoses won Best Canadian Program following its broadcast premiere on CBC's The Passionate Eye. For her work on the film Nimisha was awarded the 2009 Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film Vancouver, as well as garnering a 2010 Gemini nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary Program. Nimisha's narrative short films have screened internationally and The Arrival Hour won TIFF's 2012 Audience Choice Award at the RBC Emerging Filmmaker's Competition. Blood Relative is Nimisha's second feature documentary and was produced in association with the Knowledge Network. Nimisha is an alumnus of the CTV National Fellowship Program ('10) as well as TIFF's Talent Lab ('11).