The Holy Duels of Hola Mohalla by Vani Subramanian

A cinematic document of the Hola Mohalla Festival at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, a week-long celebration of Sikh valour and freedom.

Jaipur, India (Award)
Chennai, India (Award)
New York, USA
Toronto, Canada
Trivandrum; Chennai; India

One-time advertising writer, Vani Subramanian has been a women's rights activist and documentary filmmaker since the nineties. Her work as a filmmaker explores the connections between everyday practices and larger political questions, be they in the areas of culture, food production, primary education, urban development, communalism, sex selective abortions or matters of identity embedded in our food practices. Her films have been screened, and received awards, both nationally and internationally. More recently, Vani has extended her practice to mixed media work.

  • Cinematographer: Shanker Raman
  • Sound Recordists: Shanker Raman, Surajit Sarkar
  • Editors: Vani Subramanian, Vaibhav Chib
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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