An Insignificant Man

Close Up Truth To Power
Director: Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla | Countries of production: India | Year: 2016 | Length: 96 min
Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Age: 8+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF17

This fascinating political thriller chronicles the spectacular rise of “the Bernie Sanders of India,” Arvind Kejriwal, who – as the head of The Common Man’s Party – tears up political corruption and complacency by challenging the country’s oldest and most established political parties.

Determined to stand up for their impoverished communities, Kejriwal and his supporters turn a grassroots movement – which promised to tackle inequality, exorbitant power bills and neo-liberal cronyism – into a mighty political force. They face down arrests, beatings and death threats in their bid to take over Delhi’s Legislative Assembly. But how will this reluctant, obstinate leader and his incendiary campaign promises fare in the real world?

An Insignificant Man (which itself faced censorship in India) provides a vital eyewitness account of a seminal transformation in the world’s largest democracy.

This film was supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, Bertha / Doc Society Journalism Fund & Bertha / Doc Society Connect Fund.

“Beautifully shot and perfectly made, it’s the stuff cinematic documentary dreams are made of.”
The Huffington Post

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