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Flickering Lights

Directed by Anupama Srinivasan, Anirban Dutta
90 minutes
All Ages
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Life before and after electricity in a small village in today’s India is vividly captured in this winner from Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival.

Far from the bustle of city life, the marginalised village of Tora on India’s border with Myanmar has long been waiting in the dark. No roads, no school, no running water, no electricity. When news arrives that a power supply is imminent, the community begins to dream of a new life, perhaps even a fridge for ice cream. How will this dramatic change affect the community? Directors Anirban Dutta and Anupama Srinivasan (who also collaborated on Nocturnes, screening in the Festival) interview the villagers as construction begins and excitement soars, in this unique, seven-years-in-the-making documentary.

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Anupama Srinivasan
Director, Screenwriter
Anupama Srinivasan is a filmmaker, educator and curator based in Dehli. With over two decades of documentary filmmaking experience, Srinivasan’s films have been screened across IDFA, Busan International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film festival, and Kara Filmfest. She was a recipient of the Global Media Makers LA Residency in 2022, and was a Festival Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival from 2013 to 2015.
Anirban Dutta
Director, Screenwriter
Anirban Dutta is a filmmaker, photographer and educator based in Dehli, who also founded the production company Metamorphosis in 2003. As a multi-disciplinary creative, Dutta had been a visiting artist at the University of Boise in 2009, and exhibited across India and in the University of Peru. Dutta was also a recipient of the Eurodoc Training Program from Creative producing in 2021.


Wed 12 Jun
Palace Central Cinemas - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 2
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
In Tangkhul with English subtitles
Anupama Srinivasan, Anirban Dutta
Anirban Dutta
Anupama Srinivasan, Anirban Dutta
Anupama Srinivasan, Vandita Jain, Mrinmoy Mondal
Anupama Srinivasan
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Science & Technology, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Production Company: Metamorphosis Film Junction
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