Film Info: WAGAH

WAGAH

WAGAH
Scene from "Wagah" (photo © Detailfilm)

Each night the only border crossing between India and Pakistan on a 1000km stretch becomes the sight of an extraordinary event. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual closing of the border, after which the masses get as close as possible to the gate to greet their former neighbors. This "festival" is therefore on the one hand a celebration of the partition, but on the other hand also the only connecting element. What do the terms separation, home and proximity mean to the people on both sides? Three kids who are selling DVDs at the parade bring us closer to the truth.


Supriyo Sen lives and works as an author and director in Kolkata and New Delhi. His previous works include the documentaries: Way Back Home (2003) and Hope Dies Last (2006). Wagah (in co-direction with Najaf Bilgrami) is the final part of his trilogy about the separation of India and Pakistan. He is currently working on his first feature film together with his French co-producer and Detailfilm.
Genre Society
Category Documentary, Short
Year of Production 2009
Director Supriyo Sen
Screenplay Supriyo Sen
Cinematography Ranu Ghosh, Najaf Bilgrami
Producers Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm
Production Company DETAiLFILM/Hamburg
Length 13 min
Format color
Original Version
 Hindi/Farsi/Urdu
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2009, HotDocs Toronto 2009, Cracow 2009, Huesca 2009, Silverdocs 2009, Karlovy Vary 2009, Sarajevo 2009, Muenster 2009, Abu Dhabi 2009 (In Competition), Uppsala 2009, Festival dei Popoli Florence 2009, Sheffield 2009, Cork 2009, Kolkata 2009, Camerimage Lodz 2009, Zinebi Bilbao 2009, Winterthur 2009, Sundance 2010, True/False Festival Columbia, Missouri 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Encounters Bristol 2010, Tampere 2015
Awards Berlin Today Award 2009, Best Documentary Under 30 Mintutes Karlovy Vary 2009, Audience Award Muenster 2009, Black Pearl Award Best Documentary Short Abu Dhabi 2009, IDFA Amsterdam 2009, German Short Film Award 2009, Grand Prize Bilbao 2009, Audience Award Winterthur 2009
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
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