If you have been wishing to watch awardwinning and acclaimed documentaries or wishing for a space where you can screen your own, this would be the piece of news you have been waiting for.
After successfully completing a year in Mumbai, the second chapter of FD Zone, a documentary club formed by Films Division, is set to open doors in Kolkata this month.
FD Zone is a first of its kind exclusive space for screening documentaries which do not get a commercial release in theatres and are rarely sold in CDs.
Bilal (2008), an internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentary, by director Sourav Sarangi and director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s An Encounter With the Faces (1978), which was nominated for the Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category, will be screened on the first day at Nandan on August 29.
Kolkata, which has been home to prominent film clubs of the country like Calcutta Film Society (started by Satyajit Ray) and Cine Club of Calcutta in the past, presently has 32 film clubs.
FD Zone is an open space where young, promising as well as talented and acclaimed documentarymakers can showcase their works.
“We have started this club in association with Cine Central here as getting a hall was a problem,” Sumay Mukherjee, branch manager, Films Division, said.
FD Zone will be open to all. “Although Films Division has been holding screenings of documentaries, these were limited only to those produced by us. At FD Zone, anyone can showcase their work,” Mukherjee added.
Initially, two hour-long screening sessions will be held every month, which will showcase one documentary from eastern India and another produced by Films Division.
These sessions will also allow documentary makers to interact with the audience.
Today, people can download documentaries online or purchase DVD of some of these from websites like Magic Lantern Foundation.
But the experience of watching it on a big screen with many other film lovers is a different experience altogether.
“But watching in isolation does not lead to the muchneeded social interactions and discussions that these films demand. These are serious and thought-provoking works. Noncommercially made, they have always been sidetracked by our government and news media. A space like FD Zone was much needed,” Sarangi said.