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Akaler Sandhane (In Search of Famine)

A poster of the film
Directed by Mrinal Sen
Written by Mrinal Sen
Amalendu Chakraborty
Release date(s) 1980
Running time 115 minutes
Country  India
Language Bengali

Akaler Sandhane (translation: "In Search of Famine") is a 1980 Indian Bengali film directed by Mrinal Sen.


In September 1980, a film crew comes to a village to make a film about a famine, which killed five million Bengalees 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 folk 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”!


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