Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, August 30: COWBOYS IN INDIA
Simon Chambers’ self-effacing investigation of a small Indian town made its debut at IDFA in 2009. It also screened at True/False, Planete Doc Review, London Doc, CinemaAmbiente, Planet in Focus, and Reel Earth fests, among others.
I previously wrote about the film out of True/False, saying:
A film that puts the filmmaker/subject relationship in sharp relief, Chambers’ intended exposé of the environmental and human rights abuses of a Western company in India instead becomes a humorous exploration of his own relationship with his local guides. Though he initially suspects that his guide and driver may be both literally and figuratively taking him for a ride, he comes to recognize the impact his presence has on them, their safety, and their livelihood. Their cross-cultural exchange calls into question documentary intent and the relationship between the developed and developing world.