Pune: To help documentary cinema reach the Indian audience, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Arbhaat Film Club and Raju Sutar have come together to launch a film club with special focus on documentary films.
The film club will showcase a documentary film every month, along with interactive sessions with filmmakers and film scholars.
The inaugural screening of this film club is Kamal Swaroop’s 'Pushkar Puran' (2017), which will be held at NFAI on April 9 at 6:30 pm. Swaroop trains an eye on the eccentricities of the town of Pushkar in this documentary. The filmmaker, known for his cult film Om Dar-Ba-Dar (1988) and Ragbhoomi (2013), will be present at the screening to interact with the audience. The screening is free for all.
Over the course of one year, the film club will shine a spotlight on documentaries about fine arts in India, such as painting and sculpture.
Filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, founder of Arbhaat Film Club, said, “Documentaries are a very effective medium to reach the audience and yet barring the Films Division documentaries that used to be shown in theatres before the main features, India lacks a proper distribution channel for documentaries. We hope that with this new initiative, we can showcase some remarkable documentaries for the audience in Pune.”
NFAI Director Prakash Magdum added, “This initiative is aimed at making available a platform for short films and documentaries to the discerning audience. The short film as a genre is emerging as a potent form of storytelling and we think, it deserves a regular platform.”