Prisoners of Conscience (1978)
Director: Anand Patwardhan; Producer: Anand Patwardhan
Duration: 00:41:00; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 283.576; Saturation: 0.005; Lightness: 0.376; Volume: 0.202; Cuts per Minute: 18.238; Words per Minute: 103.041
Summary: Patwardhan’s first documentary to be widely screened in India contains clandestinely filmed footage and features the arrest and detention of political prisoners during the Emergency. It emphasises the widespread practice of arrest and torture both before and after Indira Gandhi’s dictatorial crackdown. The film has interviews with several activists, including Jasbir Singh, member of the youth wing of the Socialist Party; D.P. Tripathi, member of the Students Federation of India; Mary Tyler, an Englishwoman who spent five years in prison and wrote the book My Years in an Indian Prison; Dev Nathan and Vasanthi Raman, intellectuals and supporters of the CPI(ML); and several others, alongside a humane commentary in the director’s voice.
Youth Wing, Socialist Party
Dev Nathan, Vasanthi Raman
Communist Party of India
(Marxist - Leninist)
Students' Federation of India
The Telugu Songs: We Are The Stonebreaks Living Blindly Till Now and Song to Kishta Gowd ("The Forest Weeps at the News of the Hero's Wounding") Sung by Shamla and Friends.