Friday, December 4, 2009

Supermen of Malegaon

Supermen of Malegaon is a true cinephile documentary. It's about a group of amateur filmmakers in Malegaon, near Mumbai, who are shooting a parody of Superman. Their lack of formal training in filmmaking is amply compensated by their enthusiasm and the education received by watching many many many movies. Questions of remaking and copying, original and imitation are also addressed, at a much higher level than often heard from 'proper' filmmakers around the world (or at least in these parts). The filmmakers are fully aware of their limitations (which are only financial and practical really), and the documentary manages to laugh 'with' them rather than 'at' them.

This film was shown at the opening of the Istanbul Doc Fest, in memory of Ahmet Ulucay.

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