S.D. : Saroj Dutta and His Times

S.D. : Saroj Dutta and His Times

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(115 mins/ Bangla with English subtitles/ 2018)
by Kasturi Basu and Mitali Biswas
A communist poet and radical journalist, setting out to tell the story of the slain revolutionary Saroj Dutta (lovingly known as comrade S.D.), the film gets drawn into a vortex of his tumultuous times, tracing turns and twists of the communist movement in India over three decades. 
A communist poet and radical journalist, setting out to tell the story of the slain revolutionary Saroj Dutta (lovingly known as comrade S.D.), the film gets drawn into a vortex of his tumultuous times, tracing turns and twists of the communist movement in India over three decades. 

About the Film makers
After graduating from the FTII Pune, India, in  1992, with a specialisation in Film Editing, Pankaj Rishi Kumar was assistant editor on Sekhar Kapur's ‘Bandit Queen’.  After editing numerous documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film Kumar Talkies. Subsequently, Pankaj has become a one-man crew producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films under the banner of Kumar Talkies. (Pather Chujaeri, The Vote, Gharat, 3 Men and a Bulb, Punches n Ponytails, Seeds of Dissent, In God’s Land). His films have been screened at film festivals all over the world. He has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, AND (Korea), Banff, Majlis, Sarai and Pad.ma. Pankaj was awarded an Asia Society fellowship at Harvard Asia Centre (2003). He is an alumnus of Asian Film Academy (Pusan) and Berlin Talents (2016). Pankaj also curates and teaches. (kumartalkies.blogspot.in)

Kasturi Basu is a filmmaker, social activist, science researcher, occasional writer and editor based in Kolkata. She is a founder-member and film movement activist with the People’s Film Collective, and co-editor of 'Pratirodher Cinema', a magazine on cinema and counterculture. She has co-edited a volume 'Toward’s a People’s Cinema: Independent Documentary and its Audience in India' [2018]. S.D.: Saroj Dutta and His Times [2018] is her first feature-length documentary. Mitali Biswas is a filmmaker, social activist and worked as a freelance journalist. In the year 2015, she directed and produced a documentary film titled 'Identity Undisclosed' on the theme of sexual violence against women. At present, she is in the editorial board of 'Protibidhan', a magazine dedicated to women’s movements.