Director Amit Madheshiya Brings Cannes Winner The Cinema Travellers to Campus

November 28, 2023

Director and photographer Amit Madheshiya will join Films at the Whitney for a free screening of his Cannes prize-winning documentary, The Cinema Travellers. This event, scheduled for Saturday, December 2, at 4 pm, promises to be a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and cinema enthusiasts to engage with the director and gain insights into the making of this remarkable film.

The Cinema Travellers, which premiered as an Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and won the Golden Eye award, offers a captivating glimpse into the world of traveling cinemas in rural India. It follows the touring troupes—on lorries hauling movie reels, projectors, and tents—who bring the wonder of the movies to fairs and festivals in rural villages throughout the country. As their projectors crumble, film reels become scarce, and their patrons are lured by slick digital technology, the men continue working to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. Shot over five years, this gentle film celebrates the magic of film in a changing world.

We are honored to host Amit Madheshiya and provide the Yale community with the chance to explore the creative process behind The Cinema Travellers. All are welcome to attend this special screening, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience for anyone passionate about cinema and storytelling.

See you Saturday at the Alice Cinema!