India / Finland / Norway 2017, 55 min, Hindi, Hebrew & English subtitles
Raghu Rai is known as the ‘father of Indian photography’, and the name is well deserved. In his 50-year-long career, he captured portraits of Indira Gandhi, Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama, and documented disasters, street life, political events and powerful forces of nature. His works have become iconic. His daughter, Avani, joins her father on a photography trip to Cashmere, India’s gaping wound, and documents him as he merges with his subject until, in his words, he himself becomes the sensor. Through her own camera lens, Avani tries to (and succeeds in) understanding her father, who could never express feelings except through a camera. Photographing each other, they create a sensitive, vulnerable, warm and intimate dialogue that casts Rai’s impressive works, showcased throughout the film, in a personal light.
Previous Festivals: IDFA, DocPoint
Production: Iikka Vehkalahti
Production Company: Iv Films, Crci, Piraya Film
Script: Avani Rai, Iikka Vehkalahti
Editing: Menno Boerema, Archana Padhke
Music: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor
Avani Rai is a photographer based out of Mumbai, India. She has worked as a cameraperson on short films. In 2013 she worked on „Uski Baarish“, which premiered at Clermond Ferrand, Aspen Film Festival and Tiff. She’s worked both in fiction and documentary storytelling. As a photographer, she’s done stories for the Sunday Guardian, Scroll and The Wire. Commercial projects include: „Lifebuoy“ and Nandita Das’s play „Between The Lines“.
She recently directed and shot a mid length documentary on Raghu Rai: „Rahu Rai - An Unfraimed Portrait“, co-produced by ARTE FRANCE and the IDFA BERTHA FUND, which premiered at IDFA in competition, November 2017. She is currently working on a project in the Kashmir Valley in India.