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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Day "Without Fuss or Tears" for a Boy in India

Although it is set in India, Andrew Hinton's excellent documentary "Amar (all great achievements require time)" captures some themes I plan to soon revisit in regards to China. An article on The Telegraph (the one published in Kolkata) described the short film:
In 9 minutes 45 seconds, the film captures 24 hours of Amar’s life, where he is awake and on the go for 20 hours. The sequences show how he gets up at 4am, delivers newspapers, goes to an electrical shop to work, reaches school in the afternoon, and then again goes to the shop and works till night, after which he grabs a quick bite at home and starts his homework, for he has his reputation as class topper to live up to.

Hinton said he wanted to show the difference between the haves and have-nots.

“My nephew Javia is of Amar’s age, but he has such a privileged life. I wanted to show Javia that there are people like Amar who make their way in the world even in such adverse situations without fuss or tears. People have seen it across the globe and understood that they are blessed to have the privileges they take for granted,” added Hinton.
To this I must add... Based on the people I met during my two months in India several years ago, I would not be surprised if Amar himself feels blessed in certain ways.

A land of incredible diversity, here is a day in one of India's 1.2 billion lives:

Amar (all great achievements require time) from Pilgrim Films.

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