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Screening of Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms For The Blind Horse)

Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan
Gurvinder Singh

Date: 4 February 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 4 February 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: B102, Brunei Gallery

Type of Event: Film


On a foggy winter morning, a family in a village in Punjab wakes up to the news of the demolition of a house on the outskirts of the village. Father, a silent sympathiser, joins the community in demand for justice. The same day, his son Melu, a rickshaw puller in the city, is participating in a strike by his union. Injured and alienated, Melu spends the day quietly resting and hesitantly drinks with friends in the night as they debate the meaning of their existence. Cycling through the city streets, Melu feels lost and wonders where to go and what to do. Back in the village, his mother feels humiliated at the treatment meted out by the landlords in whose fields she works. Gunshots are heard in the night and the village is tense. It’s the night of the lunar eclipse. A man wanders asking for the traditional alms while Father decides to visit the city with a friend, even as his daughter Dayalo roams the village streets in the night.

Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan speaks about the margins where the socially repressed and exploited have been conveniently cast away. It is about existence that has been enveloped in endless fog and recurring nights of despair. This is also a film about the signs of simmering fire and about cleft tongues that want to rise in unison, about the possibility of desire and the first cry of love.

Duration: 113 mins


Gurvinder Singh studied filmmaking at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, graduating in 2001. He travelled extensively through Punjab between 2002 and 2006, living and wandering with folk itinerants, documenting folk ballads and oral narratives. He continued to make short experimental works and documenting arts/artists for the next few years. In 2005 he was invited by avant-garde Indian filmmaker Mani Kaul to be his teaching assistant for a masterclass at FTII, which led to a close association with the filmmaker who became his mentor. He translated and published a book of conversations with Mani Kaul, titled Uncloven Space. He directed his first fiction feature in Punjabi, Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for the Blind Horse) in 2011. The film premiered in at the Venice Film Festival and screened at various festivals including Rotterdam, Busan, London, Munich, etc, besides releasing at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. It won the ‘Special Jury Award’ at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the ‘Best Film’ at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, in 2012. It also won three National Awards in India, including ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Best Cinematography’. His second feature ‘Chauthi Koot’ (The Fourth Direction) recently premiered in ‘Un Certain Regard’ competition at the Cannes Film Festival, 2015. ‘Chauthi Koot’ has won the Grand Prix at Belgrade Auteur Film Festival, the Best Asian Film at the Singapore International Film Festival and the Best Indian Film at the Mumbai Film Festival.


This event is free to attend and open to the public. No registration required. Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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