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Pather Chujaeri by Pankaj Rishi Kumar

A film on the satiric, non-sectarian folk theatre form Bhand Pather of Kashmir. Through the lives of the Bhands and their performances, the Film explores the subversive message of their art.

Best Film, UNESCO MITIL, International Market for Independent and Local Radio and Television Broadcasters
Award, Karachi International Film Festival, Pakistan
Bronze Remi, Houston International Film Festival
Award, Dallas Film Festival
Margaret Mead Festival of Film and Video, New York
Busan Film Festival
Zanzibar International Film Festival
Amascultura Documentary Film Festival, Lisbon
Berlin Ethno FilmFest
Docudays, Beirut, Lebanon
Etats Generaux Du Film Documentaire, Lussas, France
International Three Continentes Festival of Documentaries, Argentina
Film Southasia, Nepal
Nottam Travelling Festival, Kerala
Rai Film Festival, UK
Crossing Borders, Iowa City
Mumbai Documentary Film Festival
Alamkara Annual Film and Folk Festival, Mumbai
Kashmir Film Festival
Another World Film Festival, Asia Social Forum
Wisdom Tree Film Festival, Pune
Festival of Theatre Films, Delhi
Films for Freedom, Bangalore
Kashmir Before our Eyes Film Festival, Hyderabad
Centenary Film Festivals, New Delhi

Pankaj Rishi Kumar graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India with a specialisation in Film Editing. After editing numerous documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film Kumar Talkies. Subsequently, he has become a one-man crew, producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films, which have screened at film festivals the world over. Pankaj has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, AND (Korea), Banff, Majlis, Sarai and Pad.ma. An alumnus of the Asian Film Academy (Pusan) and Berlin Talents, Pankaj also curates and teaches.

  • Cinematography and Editing: Pankaj Rishi Kumar
  • Sound Design and Mix: Gissy Michael
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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