A documentary on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has finally got a release date. Titled An Insignificant Man, the film will hit theatres on November 17.
Media giant Vice is presenting An Insignificant Man, produced by Memesys Lab. Directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vina Shukla, An Insignificant Man, is a non-fiction political thriller that chronicles the rise of Arvind Kejriwal from a social activist to the chief minister of Delhi.
The film was in news recently after it was stalled by the ex-censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who had asked the filmmakers to get permissions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians as there are references to these people in the documentary. Ironically, the film was championed by the international filmmaking community and senior executives at Vice. Finally, the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal overruled the board’s ‘unconstitutional’ demand and cleared the film in its entirety.
VICE presents: An Insignificant Man.
We are finally releasing in India! Watch it in theaters on 17th November. #Nov17AIM pic.twitter.com/oXUejYA6hu
— An Insignificant Man (@aimthemovie) October 12, 2017
“I first saw the An Insignificant Man at TIFF in 2016 and I came away thinking it was the best doc about street-level politics since Marshall Curry’s Street Fight. We closely followed the filmmakers and the censorship battle over the film over the past few months. Vice will always champion independent filmmakers fighting for freedom of expression, and are putting our entire global platform behind this film. We’re bringing ‘An Insignificant Man’ to our audience around the world, because we think it’s a highly relevant film for anyone who sees problems in their own political systems and has the impulse to get personally involved in trying to change things,” said Jason Mojica, executive producer, Vice Documentary Films.”
Though the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, the acquisition means the film will be shown in over 22 countries in theatres,on television and digitally.
“For the first time ever in the history of Indian cinema, a film will show exactly what goes on behind closed doors of a political party. Vice has led the content market when it comes to serious non-fiction work. They are fearless in what they do and it’s exciting for us to have such an inspiring international partner on board. We will be kicking things off by getting the film out in India this November” said Anand Gandhi of Memesys Lab.
The 95-minutes-long film has been cut and edited from 400 hours of real, behind-the-scenes footage shot through a year. It give us a sneak peek into the heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that make up the rhetoric, as we follow the birth of the newest political party in India — the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
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