Documentary Film Screening
An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Cinema Collective
This year, the NCPA revives the Reality Check film series, which was started in 2014, to promote and encourage documentary filmmakers in India, whose work reflects life and culture in the country today in a provocative blend of creativity and integrity.
My Home India
Subtitled in English
This film is about the fragile but stubborn and strong-willed Kira Banasinska’s phenomenal struggle to make a home for Polish war refugees in India. The film is a rare collection of previously unseen archives combined with first-hand testimonies from the survivors—a discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. Personal history is seldom the same as projected history. Banasinska did not choose greatness. Greatness chose her.
While making a home for them in India, India became her home. Both in films and history books, a lot is spoken and known about World War II, but little is known about what happened to the Poles who survived Soviet Siberian labour camps and found their way to India. These Poles have different stories to tell but have one common link—Banasinska. The wife of Eugene Banasinski, the first Polish Consul General of Poland in Bombay, she was instrumental in seeing that thousands and thousands of Poles found safe passage and home in India.
Directed by Anjali Bhushan
Written by Anjali Bhushan & Małgorzata Czausow
Research Consultant: Małgorzata Czausow
Produced by Anjali Bhushan, Krzysztof Sołek, Małgorzata Czausow
Executive Producer: Pravesh Sippy
Edited by Katarzyna Leśniak
Music by Sandesh Shandilya
The film screening will be followed by a discussion.
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA Members will get preferential seating till 6:20 pm.
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