Alms of the Blind Horse


Alms of the Blind Horse (Anhey ghorhey da daan)

Directed by Gurvinder Singh

  • India 2011; 112 min
  • Original version: Punjabi
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Jury Award, New Horizons, Abu Dhabi FF

  • From the director of THE FOURTH DIRECTION presented at Paris Project

     

Synopsis

On a foggy winter morning, a family in a village in Punjab wakes up to the news of the demolition of a house on the outskirts of the village. Father, a silent sympathiser, joins the community in demand for justice. The same day, his son Melu, a rickshaw puller in the city, is participating in a strike by his union. Injured and alienated, Melu spends the day quietly resting and hesitantly drinks with friends in the night as they debate the meaning of their existence. Cycling through the city streets, Melu feels lost and wonders where to go and what to do. Back in the village, his mother feels humiliated at the treatment meted out by the landlords in whose fields she works. Gunshots are heard in the night and the village is tense. It’s the night of the lunar eclipse. A man wanders around asking for the traditional alms while Father decides to visit the city with a friend, even as his daughter Dayalo walks through the village streets in the night.

Director's Statement

The human face is a landscape. The lived reality of the face reflects time: endured, lived and suffered. Cinema unravels time through the movement in space. The visible evokes the invisible through relationships, contexts, gestures and conflicts. There is the immediate invisible, off screen: the image confronting sound, space confronting space, time confronting time. Then there is the larger cosmic invisible, devoid of a cause and effect paradigm, layered over the centuries. The visible is the immediate effect, the cause mysteriously hidden under these layers. Anhey ghorhey de daan tries to evoke the effect of years of subordination of the struggling classes reflected in the macrocosm of events spinning beyond their control. It’s about silent witnesses devoid of power to change or influence the course of destiny, about the invisible violence of power equation and simmering discontent reflected on their faces.

Production

  • NATIONAL FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION NFDC INDIA

     

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