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Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by The Chogyal of Sikkim Palden Thondup Namgyal
Written by Satyajit Ray
Running time 60 min
Language English

Sikkim is a documentary about the nation of Sikkim, directed by Satyajit Ray in 1971. The documentary was commissioned by the Chogyal (King) of Sikkim at a time when he felt the sovereignty of Sikkim was under threat from both China and India. Ray's documentary is about the sovereignty of Sikkim.

The film had to undergo double censorship from both the film's commissioners and the Indian government, when Sikkim became a state of India in 1975. The documentary was banned by the Indian government, and all known copies of the documentary destroyed.

For many years, it was thought that the only surviving record of the film is a scene-by-scene written reconstruction of the film by the remaining film team members. However, in January 2003 it was reported that a good quality print has been kept by the British Film Institute. [1]


  1. ^ Screen India archives

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