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An Insignificant Man -

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY:

Khushboo Ranka

Vinay Shukla

PRODUCED BY:

Anand Gandhi

Khushboo Ranka

Vinay Shukla

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NAME OF BRAND

RELEASE DATE: 2017

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“Imagine a real life Indian House of Cards”

A non-fiction drama chronicling the most outrageous political debut in the largest democracy in the world, “An Insignificant Man” follows Arvind Kejriwal and his insurgent party as they look to shake up Indian politics while struggling to keep their own idealism alive.

At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today – Arvind Kejriwal. The film follows Kejriwal and his Common Man’s Party – an insurgent new political party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country’s oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insider’s view into Kejriwal’s brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm.

The 100-minute film has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a fly-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, finding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party offices, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space.

With never-before-seen footage, the film offers a unique insight into the fledgling political party’s battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians, and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the film is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhi’s slums to the closed corridors of political power.

impact

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A non-fiction drama chronicling the most outrageous political debut in the largest democracy in the world, “An Insignificant Man” follows Arvind Kejriwal and his insurgent party as they look to shake up Indian politics while struggling to keep their own idealism alive.

At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today – Arvind Kejriwal. The film follows Kejriwal and his Common Man’s Party – an insurgent new political party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country’s oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insider’s view into Kejriwal’s brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm.

The 100-minute film has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a fly-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, finding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party offices, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space.

With never-before-seen footage, the film offers a unique insight into the fledgling political party’s battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians, and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the film is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhi’s slums to the closed corridors of political power.

After our initial release was stonewalled by the Censor Board, we took the film to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). As a result of our legal battle, a landmark precedent now exists against the censorship of political cinema.

We also democratised the distribution of our film by allowing cinema-goers to create and host their own screenings.This allowed access to people across the farthest reaches of the country, as we enjoyed the widest dissemination of any non-fiction film in Indian history.

“Combining exceptional access and deft editing”

“Combining exceptional access and deft editing”

“A masterful example of the art of documentary.”


recognition

Toronto International Film Festival– Nominee for Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award (2016)

BFI London Film Festival-Nominee for Grierson Award (2016)

Busan International Film Festival– Nominee for BIFF Mecenat Award (2016)

Warsaw Film Festival– Winner of Special Jury Mention (2016)

Sao Paulo International Film Festival– Nominee for The New Film maker’s Competition Section (2016)

MAMI Mumbai Film festival (2016)

International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam; IDFA-Nominee for Audience Choice Awards (2016)

Cork Film Festival (2016)

 Tromsø International Film Festival (2017)

Black Movie, Geneva International Indepedent FF (2017)

FIPA (2017)

Göteborg International Film Festival (2017)

One World IFF (2017)

Ambulante (2017)

Human Rights Film Network (2017)

Cleveland International Film Festival (2017)

Hong Kong International Film Festival (2017)

CPH DOX, Denmark (2017)

recognition

Toronto International Film Festival– Nominee for Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award (2016)

BFI London Film Festival-Nominee for Grierson Award (2016)

Busan International Film Festival– Nominee for BIFF Mecenat Award (2016)

Warsaw Film Festival– Winner of Special Jury Mention (2016)

Sao Paulo International Film Festival– Nominee for The New Film maker’s Competition Section (2016)

MAMI Mumbai Film festival (2016)

International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam; IDFA-Nominee for Audience Choice Awards (2016)

Cork Film Festival (2016)

 Tromsø International Film Festival (2017)

Black Movie, Geneva International Indepedent FF (2017)

FIPA (2017)

Göteborg International Film Festival (2017)

One World IFF (2017)

Ambulante (2017)

Human Rights Film Network (2017)

Cleveland International Film Festival (2017)

Hong Kong International Film Festival (2017)

CPH DOX, Denmark (2017)


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An Insignificant Man, a powerful new documentary from writing/directing duo Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, suggests that the political landscape of India has become a battleground divided along lines of equally fundamental discord.

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Combining exceptional access and deft editing, this documentary about the rise of India’s newest parliamentary party, the Common Man’s Party (AAP), and the divisive, charismatic man at its heart, makes for unexpectedly riveting viewing.

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Yogendra Yadav is a tragic hero in Vinay Shukla and Khushboo Ranka’s An Insignificant Man

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The new film An Insignificant Man narrates the startling rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Indian politics – a riveting story of outsider charisma and audacity confronting power and inequality, writes Billy Sawyers

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‘An Insignificant Man’ Recalls the Heady Early Days of Aam Aadmi Party

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An enthralling documentary following the political career of activist Arvind Kejriwal around the 2013 Delhi election

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The documentary by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla maps the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi assembly election in 2013.

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An Insignificant man is a profoundly good piece of cinema and supreme documentary film making


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