Reason

Directed by Anand Patwardhan
2018
India
236 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Winner of IDFA’s prestigious Best Feature Length Documentary prize, Anand Patwardhan’s latest is an epic exploration of the battle between faith and reason in today’s India.

Patwardhan is renowned for his films chronicling injustice in his homeland, with documentaries such as Jai Bhim Comrade (SFF 2012), Father, Son and Holy War (SFF 1995) and In the Name of God (SFF 1993). In Reason, he addresses India's slide from a secular democracy to a more divisive society, fractured by power, caste and religious belief. He charts the rise of right-wing Hindu extremists driven by media-fuelled popularism, who habitually accuse minority groups of ‘treason against Mother India' or ‘eating cow meat' – violence frequently ensues. In eight chapters – using interviews, captured footage and archive sequences – Patwardhan depicts and deplores this frightening shift in the world's largest democracy.

An audacious and even hazardous direct intervention into the violently torrid world of Indian politics by long-time activist Patwardhan, a crusading 68-year-old evidently undaunted by the brutal silencing of other prominent and veteran leftists in recent years.
Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
'Reason' is a potent dossier, demonstrating a uniquely contemporary strain of fake-news scapegoating: beyond the names and stories excluded from India’s broader success story, it reveals abundant evidence of an excruciatingly riven society.
Steve Macfarlane, CinemaScope

Tickets

Sun 9 June
1:45pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Wed 12 June
6:15pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
India
Language
In Hindi, Marathi, English, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada with English subtitles
Director
Anand Patwardhan
Producer
Anand Patwardhan
Cinematographer
Simantini Dhuru, Anand Patwardhan
Editor
Anand Patwardhan
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Crime, Indian Subcontinent, Politics & Economics, Asia, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: Cinephil
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