Documentary Films: Local Narratives/Global Issues

In the film magazine Cinema Quarterly, the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson stated that ‘documentary, or the creative treatment of actuality, is a new art with no such background in the story and the stage as the studio product so glibly possesses.’A In fact, his principles of documentary were that cinema’s potential for observing […]

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Jyotiprasad Agarwala and his film Joymoti (1935): a moving tale of struggle and sacrifice

With the coming of sound in India in 1931, the rise of the major studios like Prabhat Film Company, Bombay Talkies, New Theatres – had played a significant role in the development of Indian Cinema. While in the eastern corner of India, Jyotiprasad Agarwala, trained at ufa, Berlin, and who submitted a film script The […]

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