At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today Arvind Kejriwal. The film follows Kejriwal and his Common Mans Party an insurgent new political party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the countrys oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insiders view into Kejriwals brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm.
The 100-minute film has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a fly-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, finding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party offices, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space.
With never-before-seen footage, the film offers a unique insight into the fledgling political partys battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians, and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the film is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhis slums to the closed corridors of political power.
Director: Khushboo Ranka Khushboo has had experience in the fields of journalism, graphic design and writing for a number of years, before she moved to filmmaking. "Continuum," a short film she wrote and directed at the age of 20, won the best short film at the Hannover Film Festival. She next co-wrote the internationally acclaimed fiction feature film Ship of Theseus. Her versatility gave rise to her latest projects, An Insignificant Man, her first feature documentary film, and Right to Pray, a unique virtual reality experience, the first of its kind from India. Both films are set to premiere at TIFF 2016.
Director: Vinay Shukla Vinays persisting fascination with the Indian politics has shaped two acclaimed narrative projects for him: Bureaucracy Sonata, a short film he wrote and directed in 2011, which premiered at 42nd International Film Festival of India and won the HBO Best Short Film Award in New York at SAIFF 2012; and An Insignificant Man, a feature documentary film he shot, wrote, and directed, which will play at major international festivals in 2016. A theatre actor in the past, he featured in the internationally acclaimed film Ship of Theseus.
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