The Book ‘Documentary Film In India-An Anthropological History’ released at MIFF 2018


By  Stephen Fernandes Mobile: 9820707327  Email:

A book titled, “Documentary Film In India-An Anthropological History’ written by British author Giulia Battaglia was released today by Manish Desai, Festival Director and DG, Films Division at  Mumbai International Film Festival. It was followed by an interactive session with Giulia conducted by senior journalist Alka Sahani.


During the interaction, Giulia said that her book on Indian documentary movement is a combination of extensive research with the help of documentary makers and compilation of archival material.  She expressed confidence that this book will navigate budding Indian documentary makers and researchers. She further said that documentary practices are going in India since the beginning of film making and this long journey inspired her to write on this subject. Ms Giulia is a researcher in anthropology of visual/art/media practices specialized in documentary film in India.

Battaglia is a visual anthropologist interested in both anthropology and media theories.and  has recently completed a PhD in Social Anthropology (2012) at SOAS, University of London, with a thesis on the politics of categorisation of documentary film practices in India and in particular on their historical (re)articulation.

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