Insights Into the History of Independent Documentary Filmmaking in India: Changing Narratives


My paper will outline the development of independent documentary filmmaking in India. The Films Division (FD) and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting adapted to the new genre of documentary filmmaking in the 1980s, and the first wave of activist documentaries was driven by a number of activist filmmakers who began to use "cinema as a pulpit" and leaned towards subjective arguments in their documentaries. Indian documentary filmmaking has a long history associated with social movements that have sought to draw attention to issues that need attention, to give voice to the marginalized. In a time of change and agitation, documentary film served as a means for filmmakers to express their point of view. During this time, documentaries were made that dealt mainly with the social, political, and economic problems of the nation and addressed them with passion and compassion. I intend to discuss the major documentaries that conveyed the idea of ‘independent documentary filmmaking’ in India during this period 1970s to 2000 by using discourse analysis. I will also discuss which are these documentaries and documentary makers which explored the idea of independent documentaries. The transition from traditional technology to video and to digital will also be discussed. I intend to provide different points of view on documentary filmmaking in India.

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Namitha KS, University of Hyderabad, India

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Conference: MediAsia2023
Stream: Documentary History

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KS N. (2023) Insights Into the History of Independent Documentary Filmmaking in India: Changing Narratives ISSN: 2186-5906 – The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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