Chao Center for Asian Studies' Titles3 Festival of Experimental Films from India: Om Dar B Dar

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As Om rides a bicycle scissor-legged, the landscape (Pushkar-Ajmer) resounds with distinctive voices: His father's rebellions against the world, his bold sister, her gentle suitor, the searching eyes of the runaway actress, the local business trying to protect diamonds, the rebellion of the tadpoles. The filmmaker takes on the frightening and beautiful energy of adolescence to joyfully shake open the landscape of his own childhood, unearthing and mixing politics with mythology and technomusic with biology and alchemy.

The film made in 1988, received limited public attention at the time, but has in the last two decades attracted a cult following that resulted in its re-release in 2014.



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