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Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights

  • Directed by Suman Ghosh
  • India, 2012, 65 mins., Bengali

His sense of propriety upset by the “wasteful” expense of electricity, a very particular 80-year-old retiree becomes obsessed with getting the streetlights in his Calcutta neighborhood turned off after sunrise. Based on a real incident, Ghosh’s vérité-style film is alive with the sights, sounds, and personalities of this old neighborhood, revealing a highly original portrait of modern India.

Appears in: Global Lens

Genres: Drama