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ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE

One foggy winter’s morning in a village in Punjab, India, villagers wake up to find one of its houses being demolished. An aging father joins the town’s silent protest against the landlords, while his son Melu, a rickshaw driver, is injured in a union strike in the city. At home, his mother feels humiliated and lashes out at the landlords. As the evening approaches, Melu joins his friends and they go out to drink. He ends up wandering the dark streets. As midnight approaches, gunshots are heard in the the village.

ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE centers on Punjab's struggling classes, and their resignation, sorrow and anger after years of subordination and hardships. Slow pace, calm and composed acting, and beautifully composed frames lends this film a thoughtful and melancholic expression. Based on a novel by Gurdial Singh, ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE is a striking account of modern life for India's perhaps most disadvantaged.

Program: 
Horizons
Orginal title: 
ANHEY GHORHEY DA DAAN
Director: 
Gurvinder Singh
Screenplay: 
Gurvinder Singh
Photography: 
Satya Rai Nagpaul
Actors: 
Mal Singh, Samuel John, Serbjeet Kaur, Dharminder Kaur, Emmanuel Singh, Kulwinder Kaur, Lakha Singh, Gurvinder Makhna
Year: 
2011
Country: 
India
Sales: 
NFDC India

Director info

Gurvinder Singh (b. 1974) studied film making at the Film and Television Institute of India, and graduated in 2001. His previous work includes documenting Punjabi folk music and documentaries on art and music. ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE is his first feature film.