Oct 142017

A documentary on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who left bureaucracy to become a social activist and then plunged into the rough-and-tumble of politics, will hit theatres on November 17. Global media giant Vice has acquired the biographical film, “An Insignificant Man”, for a world-wide release. Vice has announced it will now be partnering with producer Anand Gandhi’s Memesys Lab in releasing the film widely, in India and internationally, on November 17, a press release issued here said.

Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

Directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vina Shukla, “An Insignificant Man” is a non-fiction political thriller that chronicles the rise of Kejriwal from a social activist to a politician, it said. The film had been in news after it was stalled by ex-Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, who had asked the filmmakers to get permissions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians before its release.

“I first saw the ‘An Insignificant Man’ at TIFF in 2016 and I came away thinking it was the best doc (documentary) about street-level politics since Marshall Curry’s Street Fight,” said Jason Mojica, Executive Producer, Vice Documentary Films, in a statement here. “We are bringing ‘An Insignificant Man’ to our audience around the world, because we think it¿s a highly relevant film for anyone who sees problems in their own political systems and has the impulse to get personally involved in trying to change things,” Mojica said.

The film will be shown in over 22 countries in theatres, on television and digitally. “For the first time ever in the history of Indian cinema, a film will show exactly what goes on behind closed doors of a political party,” Anand Gandhi of Memesys Lab said. The 95 minutes long film has been distilled from 400 hours of real behind-the-scenes footage shot through a year.

It gives a sneak peak into the heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform the rhetoric, as we follow the birth of the newest political party in India – the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said the press release.

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