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Documentary: John & Jane

Friday, July 08, 2011

Now available in India on DVD
Six years after its release and a lot of international recognition later, Ashim Ahluwalia’s documentary, John & Jane, is finally releasing on DVD in India by Enlighten Home Library this month. For those not familiar with the film, John & Jane follows the stories of six agents that answer American 1-800 numbers in a Mumbai call center. The film, shot on 35 mm, with its brooding ambient electronic soundtrack, stretches the genre of documentary into something resembling science fiction.
The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005 and Canada’s largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star, described it as the “No. 1 pick” at the festival. In 2006, John & Jane showed at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Directors/New Films in New York. It has also screened at other festivals such as Edinburgh, Vancouver, Cinema Du Reel, Jeonju and Durban.
The documentary won an award at the European Media Art Festival, the Director’s Guild of America Jury Award and the Maysle Brothers Award at the Belfast Film Festival. After strong reviews in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Spiegel and BBC, the film was distributed worldwide. John & Jane is the only Indian film to be ever acquired by HBO Films for US release.
— Glynda Alves

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