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Anand Patwardhan’s Personal Documentary Premieres At Toronto Fest

Anand Patwardhan’s Personal Documentary Premieres At Toronto Fest

TORONTO, (IANS) – In his latest film ‘The World is Family’, which premiered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) here this week, renowned filmmaker Anand Patwardhan builds his family portrait through the lens of India’s freedom struggle.

Supported by rare archival footage, family albums, and interviews with his family members over the years, Patwardhan captures his family’s links with the freedom movement and how they forged deep bonds with Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, and other stalwarts of the independence movement.

But the underlying theme of Patwardhan’s most personal documentary is the loss of lofty idealism and communal amity that the stalwarts of the freedom movement symbolized.

‘The World is Family’ is also his lament for the lost idealism of India’s freedom struggle and forgotten heroes such as the Sindhi leader Allah Baksh Soomro.

“Today’s India is not what Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Nehru envisioned and fought for,” he said. “That history is being wiped today. Today’s India is not what it was. I have been saying this for years,” the filmmaker added.

“But also, I am not saying that what we have lost cannot be recovered. It can be, but you must make a start,” he said.

Patwardhan also became the second Indian after ‘Baahubali’ director S.S. Rajamouli last year to speak at the Visionaries segment of the TIFF on September 12.

The TIFF introduction to his film says: “For decades, Anand Patwardhan has been a singular figure of independent documentary in India, giving inspiration to a flourishing of new directors today,”

‘The World is Family’ is the fourth film of the renowned Indian filmmaker to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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  • True, India today is not what it was at the time of Nehru. And that is great. Toronto is not what it was in 1969. If you lose money, you can get it back. If you lose arm or leg, you have to live without.

    September 15, 2023

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