In India, there are still 2,000 mobile cinemas, one of which is “Battu’s Bioscope”, a colorful vehicle, containing an old Soviet projector, a few white cloth sheets, and several kilometers of celluloid film. Mr. Battu drives slowly along the sun-scorched roads of India, his quarrelsome assistant Mama at his side and the young Amit sitting on top of the truck, announcing the next show through a loudspeaker. The elderly Battu is an idealist who things you can change people by showing them films. The film crew accompanies his team from Calcutta to the distant Orissa province. This is the dwelling place of primitive tribes, whose way of life hasn’t changed for thousands of years. After years of trying, Mr. Battu has finally been issued a permit to show a film to these people who do not even know cinema exists.
Born in 1953 in Warsaw. Director and scriptwriter of documentary films and reportages made for the Polish Television. A graduate of Warsaw School of Economics Department of Foreign Trade. He began working for TV in 1980 as a result of a competition for production managers. From 1996 to 2004 he was the chief editor of documentary films in TVP1. He was the originator of programs such as: “Time for Documentary”, “Eyes Wide Open”, and the author of widely acclaimed films, including “Parade”, “Dance of the Reeds”, and “Mobile Cinema of Dreams”.
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SATURDAY, 11/11/2017 8:45 pm.
1998, 59 min, Poland
Polish with English subtitles
JAN MIKOŁAJ MIRONOWICZ