The Cinema Travellers | The Cary Theater | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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When: Thu., Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m. 2017
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For most of the twentieth century, going to the movies, like air travel, was cause for excitement. But in the digital age, the thrill is harder to locate, though not completely gone. In India, where cinema has been a major cultural force for more than a century, an annual, almost ritualistic tradition involves showing movies in the nation's distant, impoverished regions. In the prize-winning documentary The Cinema Travellers, we meet three people who have dedicated their lives to sustaining these creaky mobile theaters, driving rickety trucks, maintaining crumbling analog equipment and ever-scarcer film reels, and bringing zeal to the effort to keep the tradition alive. We also meet the recipients of their efforts: inhabitants of rural India who lack wall-to-wall pixelated stimuli, for whom "the magic of the movies" is not a cliché. Watching their faces, we recover a sense of wonder, too. —David Klein



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