In Search Of Famine / Akaler Shôndhane

In Search Of Famine / Akaler Shôndhane

Dir: Mrinal Sen/India/115/Bangla/1982Synopsis
In September 1980, a film crew comes to a village to make a film about a famine, which killed five million Bengalis in 1943. It was a man made famine, a side-product of the war, and the film crew will create the tragedy of those millions who died of starvation. The film documents the convivial life among the film crew and the hazards, problems and tension of film making on location. The actors live a double life, and the villagers, both simple and not-so-simple, flock to watch their work with wonder and suspicion. But as the film progresses, the recreated past begins to confront the present. The uneasy coexistence of 1943 and 1980 reveals bizarre connection, involving a village woman whose visions add a further dimension of time—that of future. A disturbing situation, indeed, for the “famine-seekers”!


1981 – National Film Award for Best Feature Film
1981 – National Film Award for Best Direction – Mrinal Sen
1981 – National Film Award for Best Screenplay – Mrinal Sen
1981 – National Film Award for Best Editing – Gangadhar Naskar
1981 – 31st Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize


Dhritiman Chatterjee
Smita Patil
Gita Sen
Rajen Tarafdar
Sreela Mazumder
Radhamohan Bhattachariya
Jayanta Chowdhury
Dipankar De
Jochhan Dastidar


Produced by D. K. Films
Written by Mrinal Sen / Amalendu Chakraborty
Music by Salil Chowdhury
Cinematography – K. K. Mahajan
Edited by Gangadhar Naskar


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