Documentary

Salim Baba

In these 3D-HD-ADHD times, as film (and its audience) continues to be polarised into sofa- or spectacle-cinema, you could be forgiven for losing sight of what made movies so captivating in the first place. Tim Sternberg’s Oscar-nominated short finds these kernels of the cinematic experience alive and well in North Kolkata, India behind the curtain of a hand-cranked mobile projector that screens discarded film scraps for enthusiastic micro-audiences. A testament to the value of community screenings – currently growing in popularity, perhaps in reaction to the 3D-HD assault – and the irrefutable magic locked inside cinema’s most basic of building blocks.

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