ACF Asian Cinema Fund

Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund

2009 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

LIST Bilal
Category Distribution Support Fund
Project Bilal
Director Sourav SARANGI
Country India, Finland
Director's Profile Sourav Sarangi was born in 1964. He studied geology but later joined FTII, a reputed film school in India to learn film editing. He has been involved in international co-productions as a producer and director. His documentaries and fictions have won awards and accolades worldwide. He has also worked for private television channels in India as a programming director.
Observing the life of a toddler boy, Bilal, who still needs a lot of care, and his blind parents is fascinating yet uneasy and dangerous. Unlike his parents, their kids are not blind. Bilal lives with his parents who do not need light. In his dark house he plays hide-and-seek and teases his younger brother (sometimes in a risky manner) and then breaks his arm. When he wants to "hide" from his parents, he sneaks out and other various things happen. It is not that his parents leave the kids alone, in fact, they do their best.
Capturing a young sighted boy, unaware of cameras, and his blind parents, offers a sense of reality and rare moments of love and hope. Their everyday life may look cruel to viewers who can see, but to them it is normal and natural. Bilal lives in hardship with his family in their own way and creates another life for himself.
Director's Note
2009 Busan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - New Asian Currents Awards of Excellence, Community Cinema Award
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