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The Cinema Travellers


Location: Redstone Theater

Followed by discussion with Parag Amladi, moderated by curator Priyadarshini Shanker

Dirs. Shirley Abraham, Amit Madheshiya. 2016, 96 mins. Digital projection. In Hindi and Marathi with English subtitles. Every year, for three quarters of a century, showmen have brought the wonders of cinema to faraway Indian villages via rickety, multi-purpose trucks. Now the tradition is threatened as cinema projectors crumble, film reels become scarce, and patrons are lured by slick digital technology. In this bittersweet paean to an endangered film culture, a benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor, and a maverick projector mechanic lovingly strive to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world alive and running. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at India’s 2017 National Film Awards.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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