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FARMING THE REVOLUTION

by Nishtha Jain

SYNOPSIS

Farming the Revolution takes us to the heart of the massive year-long protests against the Indian government’s then newly enacted farm laws during the COVID lockdown. Over half a million protesters gathered – men and women from all generations, religions, classes and castes – and reinvented co-existence at massive protest sites that burgeoned on the borders of Delhi. The film invites us to experience the everyday textures and indomitable spirit of this historic farmers’ movement – until, finally, victory!

DETAILS

105 mins

2024

India, France, Norway

Panjabi, Hindi

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CREDITS

Director: Nishtha Jain

DOP & Co-Director: Akash Basumatari

Producers: Nishtha Jain (Raintree Films, India), Valérie Montmartin (Little Big Story)

Co-Producer: Torstein Grude (Piraya Film)

Associate Producers: Raphaël Pelissou, Oddleiv Vik

In co-production with: ARTE France and Al Jazeera

Location Sound: Lohit Bhalla

Writers: Nishtha Jain, Deborah Matzner, Valérie Montmartin

Editor: Giles Gardner, Nishtha Jain, Anand Gautam

Music Composer: Florencia Di Concilio (Published by LDM Editions)

Sound Designer: Niraj Gera

Colourist & Graphics: Tom Chr. Lilletvedt

Supported by: Sundance Documentary Fund, IDFA Bertha Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Alter Ciné Foundation, CNC, PROCIREP, ANGOA, Sørfond, Fritt Ord, NFI, NRK, RTS, Bergesenstiftelsen, Filmkraft Rogaland

BIOGRAPHY

DIRECTOR - NISHTHA JAIN

Nishtha Jain is a leading documentary filmmaker from India, best known for her multi-award-winning films –The Golden Thread (2022), Gulabi Gang (2012), Lakshmi and Me (2007) and City of Photos (2004). Foregrounding her subjectivity, her films tend to interrogate lived experiences at the intersections of gender, caste and class, exploring the political in the personal while uncovering the mechanisms of privilege, exploring social movements and working class lives.

Jain’s films have garnered critical acclaim and won numerous prestigious awards. She is a Chicken & Egg Award winner (2020); Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS); Film Independent Global Media Maker Fellow (2019-20); Recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship (2019). Jain’s films have played at prestigious festivals like IDFA, Zurich, Viennale, Hot Docs, Busan, Slamdance, Full Frame, Chicago, RIDM, MAMI. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund, Sörfund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Alter Ciné Foundation, Asian Cinema Fund, India Foundation for the Arts, the Norwegian, Danish and Finnish Film Institutes. The films have been broadcast on POV, ARTE France, France Television, DR, NRK, YLE, Al Jazeera.

SELECT FESTIVALS

HOT DOCS 2024 - BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARD〡SHEFFIELD DOCFEST 2024

PRESS

"Nishtha Jain‘s 'Farming the Revolution' — winner of the best international feature documentary prize at Hot Docs — captures the vast emotional scope of revolutionary movements... the film is remarkable in its audio-visual inquiry into protest as a cultural movement, and in its excavation of the emotional highs and lows involved in making lasting change."
- Variety

" [Farming the Revolution] pays tribute to this movement’s dogged determination."
- ScreenDaily

"Offers a rare insight beyond campaigning politics into life inside the protest camps where people from all castes and backgrounds gather with a shared purpose"
- Business Doc Europe

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