The film had been in news recently after it was stalled by the ex-censor board chief, who had asked the filmmakers to get permissions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians. Ironically, the film was championed by the international filmmaking community and senior executives at Vice. Finally, in a precedent setting order, the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) overruled the board’s “unconstitutional” demand and cleared the film in its entirety. Memesys Lab, the studio behind the film, will be releasing this highly awaited film, theatrically on the 17th of November in India.
“I first saw the An Insignificant Man at TIFF in 2016 and I came away thinking it was the best doc about street-level politics since Marshall Curry’s Street Fight,” said Jason Mojica, Executive Producer, VICE Documentary Films. “We at VICE closely followed the filmmakers and the censorship battle over the film over the past few months. VICE will always champion independent filmmakers fighting for freedom of expression, and are putting our entire global platform behind this film. We’re bringing An Insignificant Man to our audience around the world, because we think it’s a highly relevant film for anyone who sees problems in their own political systems and has the impulse to get personally involved in trying to change things.” Though the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, the acquisition means the film will be shown in over 22 countries in theatres, on television and digitally.
“For the first time ever in the history of Indian cinema, a film will show exactly what goes on behind closed doors of a political party. Vice has led the content market when it comes to serious non-fiction work. They are fearless in what they do and it’s exciting for us to have such an inspiring international partner onboard. We will be kicking things off by getting the film out in India this November” said Anand Gandhi.
The film has been an audience favourite at more than 50 film festivals. It received a standing ovation at it’s MAMI film festival screening in Mumbai. It has been backed by prestigious international organisations like Sundance, Skywalker Labs, Bertha Foundation etc. The film also has the distinction of being funded by one of the biggest crowdfunding campaigns in India.
The 95 minutes long film has been painstakingly distilled from 400 hours of real behind-the-scenes footage shot through a year. It sneaks us into the middle of heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform the rhetoric, as we follow the birth of the newest political party in India – the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).