Bilal is three years old. He lives with his parents, his grandmother and his one- and-a-half-year-old brother in a poor neighborhood of Calcutta. Their house is no more than a room where they all eat, sleep and spend their free time. Bilal is still little but he plays an important role in the household. This is because his father and mother are both blind. His parents perform their difficult duties miraculously well. They know where their children are from hearing and put them in line when they misbehave. Bilal knows to make himself scarce when he has been up to no good, but he’s also very helpful despite his young age. He puts his mother’s hand on the spot that needs cleaning and aptly leads his father through the busy city traffic. Filmmaker Sourav Sarangi followed Bilal’s daily life over the course of a year. The film became an intimate glimpse into the world of a child who lives in two worlds: that of the blind and that of those who can see.
Sourav Sarangi, born in 1964, studied geology and later joined FTII, a reputed film school in India. Currently he is involved in international co-productions as an independent producer and director. He has also extensively worked in private television channels in India as the programming director.
2008, 88', color, video
Sourav Sarangi, Somdev Chatterjee
Sourav Sarangi, Kristiina Pervilä
Son et Lumiere, Millennium Film Oy
Festivals & Awards:
Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2009 - Golden Award; DOK.FEST, Munich 2009 - Best Documentary; YIDFF, Yamagata, Japan 2009 - Community Cinema Award; We Care Film Festival, India 2009 - Best Documentary; Mexico International Film Festival 2009 - Silver Palm; IDSFFK, India 2009 - Best Documentary; Las Vegas International Film Festival, 2009 - Silver Ace; El Ojo Cojo, Spain 2009 - Best Feature Documentary; DOCUDAYS, Lebanon 2009 - Best Feature Documentary