Heda Hoda (The Blind Camel)

Director: Vinod Ganatra
Hindi/2003/Colour/84mins

Synopsis:

Sonu lives with his sister Lakshmi and parents in a rustic village in Kutch, Gujarat bordering Pakistan. One day when his father falls sick, Sonu and Lakshmi volunteer to graze the camels. During a food break, the camels drift away. Sonu goes in search only to find himself lost in the wilderness with no camel in sight. He unknowingly crosses the border and lands at herdsman Razak’s home in Pakistan. Concerned by his plight, Razak quietly takes Sonu and leaves him across the border with the promise to find and deliver his camels. Parikshit Sahani acts in this film that comments on the concept of borders that adults build and how no borders can be built upon the innocence of a child. The film has won many awards globally.

 

Director’s Biography: Vinod Ganatra
Vinod Ganatra has been active in the film industry since 1983. While working as an independent editor with television and the Indian Space Research Organisation, he launched his own production company, Movieman. He has several awards to his credit. Widely traveled, he has also served on juries of several international film festivals and selection panels

 

Awards
Silver Elephant Award – 13th International Children’s Film festival, Hyderabad – India – 2003.
2nd Prize – Vancouer Film Festival – Canada – 2004.
Opening Film – Hamburg Film Festival – Germany – 2004
Silver Awards – La Matatena Film Festival – Mexico – 2004
Special Mention – Cine Jeune De Laon film Festival – France – 2004
Silver Awards – Cairo Film Festival – Egypt – 2005
Bronze Remi Award – Worldfest Film Festival – USA – 2005
Indian Panaroma – International Film festival, Goa – India – 2005
My favorite Film Award – Ningbo Shanghai Film Festival – China – 2005

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