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11 Miles
D: Ruchir Joshi
Admission: 5 , concessions 3
11 miles
India 1991
170 min., Bengali with Engl. subtitles

The remarkable "11 Miles" takes as its subject the baul singers of Bengal, a folk tradition which celebrates a condition of unrootedness. The film meditates on the resonance of baul philosophy in a number of different settings and through a variety of voices and practices. Baul self-reflection and musical performance, the latter caught with a mesmerising sense of integrity and duration, co-habit in this film with other, outsider voices. Here the existensial restlessness of the form affords us a de-centering experience of how we order location, perspective, a rhythm of being in a fascinatingly open format for the documentary form.