LIFF | Vivek (Reason) + Q&A
London Premiere: 22 June, 2019 1:30pm | Barbican
23 June, 2019 12:00pm | Bertha DocHouse
Director: Anand Patwardhan
Starring: Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare
Run time: 240 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15
Language: Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India
India’s greatest documentarian, Anand Patwardhan, returns with a powerful chronicle of contemporary India – Vivek (Reason). Depicting a country that after decades of relatively pro-secular democracy, is now increasingly divided by religion, caste and power. Patwardhan follows activists, rationalists and dissenters, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, he broadens his gaze to look at critical questions of communism, caste and freedom of speech. This is a riveting and sobering film that will inform and frustrate in equal measure. Vivek (Reason) is a must watch, and is perhaps the most important documentary to emerge from India in recent years.
There will be an extended intro with Anand Patwardhan at Bertha DocHouse on Sunday 23 June
Director Anand Patwardhan in attendance
Anand Patwardhan is an Indian documentary filmmaker known for his socio-political, human rights-oriented films. Some of his films explore the rise of religious fundamentalism, sectarianism and casteism in India, while others investigate nuclear nationalism and unsustainable development. Notable films include Bombay: Our City (Hamara Shahar) (1985), In Memory of Friends (1990), In the Name of God (Ram ke Nam) (1992), Father, Son, and Holy War (1995), A Narmada Diary (1995), War and Peace (2002) and Jai Bhim Comrade (2011), which have won national and international awards. A secular rationalist, Anand Patwardhan is a vocal critic of Hindutva ideology.