THE HUMAN BOUNDARIES - on the plight of Hindu refugees from Pakistan
NANOOK OF THE NORTH - Robert J Flaherty's classic. On the struggles of the Inuk Nanook and his family in the Canadian Arctic. The first ever feature documentary.
THE HUMAN BOUNDARIES
directed by RAHUL RIJI NAIR 35 min, 2011
A group of 151 Pakistani Hindus entered India on September, 2011 with a one month tourist visa. They came to take refuge from the various religious persecutions they had to face in Pakistan. The group which has a majority of children and women are now sheltered in a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi. But now their visa has expired and is facing deportation. Various organizations are fighting for the basic human rights of these people at the political and judicial level. Their story is a grim reminder of all those lives caught up in no man’s land. As more boundaries are drawn across the human conscience, we fail to realize that humanity has always suffered because of those human boundaries. This documentary traces the difficulties they had to face in Pakistan, their life inside the camp and their hopes for tomorrow.
Rahul Riji Nair is a Business Analyst. His passion for film making inspired him to do this, his first documentary. He is a regular columnist for many publications and writes on social issues and international affairs.
Festivals etc : * Won the first runner-up for “Best Documentary” in Cinematheque 2012, a film festival conducted by the prestigious St. Xavier's College in Kolkata. * Screened at the International Human Rights Conference in New Delhi.
NANOOK OF THE NORTH directed by Robert J. Flaherty 79 min, 1922
The classic documentary follows the lives of an Inuit, Nanook, and his family as they travel, search for food, and trade in northern Quebec, Canada. Nanook, his wife, Nyla, and their baby, Cunayou, are introduced as fearless heroes who endure rigors "no other race" could survive.
Nanook is a 1922 silent documentary film by Robert Flaherty, in the tradition of what would later be called salvage ethnography. As the first nonfiction work of its scale, Nanook of the North was ground-breaking cinema. It captured an exotic culture (that is, indigenous and considered exotic to non-Inuit peoples) in a remote location. Hailed almost unanimously by critics, the film was a box office success in the United States and abroad.