Tanuja Chandra has made films with female protagonists and now her own aunts are her subject. Her first documentary film, ‘Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha’ is to have its World Premiere at the Madrid International Film Festival, where it's nominated in the Best Foreign Language Documentary and Best Director categories.
The film will be screened on August 13 in Madrid and the festival held from August 9 to August 17, 2019. Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha follows the filmmaker’s aunts, aged 86 and 93.
The film has been produced by Anupama Mandloi, a television veteran, under her banner, A Boy and A Dog Productions. This is her first production.
Talking about the film and its selection at the Madrid International Film Festival 2019, Tanuja Chandra says, “This is a personal, passion project for me, which on the face of it is about two old women in the autumn of their lives, but really it could be said they're in the spring of their lives! I'm excited that it's premiering in Madrid; old age isn't limited to any one part of the world, is it? It's universal, and when two ladies in walkers, one of the toothless, have an infectious zest for life, well, this joy should be shared with the world, I think!"
She adds, “A director's vision is only as good as the team she has and I've been fortunate to have like-minded, wonderful people join me on this journey”
Anupama Mandloi producer of the film says, “Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha came together in the most effortless manner for me from the day I decided to back Tanuja's passion project. Meeting her aunts in their environment was all I needed to know that I had stumbled upon a gem. The beauty of this documentary lies in the warm, cheerful and utterly delightful personalities of Aunty Sudha and Aunty Radha. I'm happy that it will begin its journey from Madrid, the land of art, architecture and music and represent India amidst an international array of films.”
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