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Dutta’s new feature finds Hindi experimental writer Krishna Baldev Vaid (1927–2020)—who was born in what is now Pakistan and migrated to India during Partition—living with his daughter in a small apartment in New York. “At ninety-one, after a lifetime of his love affair with language, he feels at a loss for words. His mercurial intelligence scales his life’s journey, mostly in silence. He reads out his own work, anxious to access the ‘dance of language,’ for expressing which he had paid dearly. He takes brief walks into the city, the sounds are not those of his literature. He has visitors, enacting an avant-garde play. He watches, silent, his mind in a place deeper inside him, even as his senses are alert, looking outwards” (Cinéma du Réel). Plus two shorts, featuring ten questions for the filmmaker and a childhood memory.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    75 minutes
  • Language
    Hindi, English
  • Country
    India
  • Director
    Amit Dutta
  • Cinematographer
    Ashish Avikunthak