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Knocking on Heaven's Door by Sanjay Barnela and Samreen Farooqui

Spanning multiple musical genres, Tipriti, Shehnaz, Afflatus and Jivi Ben bare their hearts, sing and speak their truths about their aspirations and struggles in a documentary that weaves personal stories with the soul of blues, pop, rock and devotional folk music.

Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh
ViBGYOR Film Festival Kerala
Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival

Sanjay Barnela is one of the founder members of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team. He has produced documentaries on a diverse range of issues, including the politics of water, conservation vs. livelihood, renewable energy technologies and high altitude mountain climbs in the Himalayas, several of which have been at international film festivals and have won awards too.

Samreen Farooqui completed her Masters from the Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia. She has worked with various production houses including Riverbank Studios and Dusty Foot Productions as producer and scriptwriter. She co-founded Hit and Run Films in 2005, an independent video production unit, which engages with changing socio-political-personal realities through documentaries, video art and intervention films.

  • Cinematography: Sanjay Barnela, Samreen Farooqui
  • Sound: Aftab Dere, Ashish Yechury, Kartika Singh
  • Editing: Samreen Farooqui
  • Project Partner: Films Division

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