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Seven Hours To Burn
A film by Shanti Thakur
USA/Canada, 1999, 9 minutes, Color/BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W01699
"A visually expressive personal documentary that explores a family's history. Filmmaker Thakur mixes richly abstract filmmaking with disturbing archival war footage to narrate the story of her Danish mother's and Indian father's experiences. Her mother survives Nazi-occupied Denmark while her father experiences the devastating civil war in India between Hindus and Muslims. Both émigrés to Canada, they meet and marry, linking two parallel wars. Their daughter lyrically turns these two separate histories into a visually rich poem linking past and present in a new singular identity." Doubletake Documentary Film Festival Catalogue


  • Cannes Film Festival - Emerging Filmmakers Venue
  • Big Muddy Film Festival, Bronze Award, Experimental Film
  • Cleveland International Film Festival, Best Documentary Short
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival - Director's Choice Award
  • New York Expo of Short Films - Gold Prize, Documentary
  • City Paper's Philadelphia Independent Film Contest - Best Documentary
  • CineWomen New York - Best Documentary Short
  • Nextframe Film Festival - Best Documentary and Best Editing
  • Columbus International Film Festival - Bronze Plaque
  • Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival - Bronze Award
  • BBC British Short Film Festival, England
  • Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema
  • Edinburgh Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Tampere 30th International Short Film Festival, Finland
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • Aspen Shortsfest 2000
  • Doubletake Documentary Film Festival
  • THAW 2000 Film Festival
  • Humboldt International Film Festival
  • Right to Have Rights Film Festival, Modena, Italy
  • Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar, New York
  • Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley
  • Nashville Independent Film Festival
  • Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • American Short Shorts 2001, Tokyo
  • Museum of Natural History, New York
  • Asian American International Film Festivals - San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York
  • Shorts International Film Festival, New York
  • Athens International Film Festival, USA
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Cinematheque Ontario, Canada
  • Santa Cruz Documentary Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • One World Film Festival, Ottawa, Canada
  • Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival
  • Leipzig Documentary and Animated Film Festival, Germany
  • Maryland Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco
  • Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival

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    "Exceptionally imaginative...dreamlike...a visually compelling film."
    Paul Curci
    Philadelphia City Paper

    "Impressionistic cinematography is juxtaposed with searing archival images while spare narration combines with a nuanced sound design. The viewer is swept into the mood of the piece and must consider the long-lasting effects--both internal and external --of conflict and change."
    Kristine Samuelson
    Stanford University

    “Shanti Thakur brings her biracial sensitivies to bear on historical traumas that shaped her parents' separate, but parallel, experiences. Images of past ethnic and religious "cleansing" come poignantly to the fore as she sits by her Indian grandmother's corpse burning on the banks of the Ganges, and seeks peace (her name) for herself, her family, and the world.”
    Rosane Rocher
    University of Pennsylvania

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