‘Indelible’ is an award-winning, feature length documentary, which follows the inspiring stories of seven people with Down’s syndrome living in India is slated to have its Asia-Pacific premiere at DocWeek 2014 in Adelaide, Australia as part of the Asia-Pacific New Documentary Program. It is the only film from India at this year’s festival.
India’s first official film on Down’s syndrome,’Indelible’, is directed by a Banglore based award winning documentary filmmaker PavitraChalam.
“At its heart, ‘Indelible’ is a story of hope and a tribute to the indestructible human spirit” says Pavitra who has been making films on a wide array of sensitive social issues for close to a decade.
Bound together by an extra chromosome, amidst the beaches and by-lanes of Chennai, India, ‘Indelible’, discovers 7 heroes and their families,.Babli, Revathi, Arti, Manimeghalai, Archana, Sandhya and Ashwin invite us into their homes and hearts to witness everything that text-books and Wikipedia left out. What are people with Down’s syndrome really like? How do their families cope? What of their dreams and beliefs? Through these stories, we witness a magical world and an unlimited capacity for love and courage.
The production house behind this film, CurleyStreet Media, released a short version of the film in August 2012, which won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Delhi Shorts International Film Festival. It was also part of the ‘official selection’ of films at film festivals across the world such as the ‘Picture This Film Festival’ in Calgary, ‘The Thinline Film Festival’ in Texas, ‘The India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay’ in Florida and the ‘DocuWest Film Festival’.
“‘Indelible’ is a story of deep significance to me because I have been deeply affected by these amazing individuals. We know so little about communities in India with complex needs. I was blown away by their power to live, love and laugh. I simply wanted to share my own experience of knowing and loving them – with the world.” says Pavitra.
Pavitra and her team will be travelling to Australia for ‘Indelible’s screening on March 6th at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide.