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Salim Baba

  • 8.5 10
  • 2007
  • 15min
Salim Baba
  • Original Title: Salim Baba (2007)

This is the inspiring story of a father who sustains his family by projecting discarded film scraps to children in the neighborhoods of Calcutta, India.

Salim Baba

AWARDS: Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short/ Best Documentary Short. Woodstock Film Festival/ Winner. Julius Epstein Humanitarian Ward/ Best Documentary Short. Sidewalk Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: IDFA/ Tribeca Film Festival/ Telluride Film Festival/ Sundance Film Festival/ A.M.P.A.S/ True/False Film Festival/ Full Frame Film Festival

Salim Baba. Bringing cinema to the children of Calcutta

Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. 

Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father.

 A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.

Tim Sternberg
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