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Do We Accept The Truth?Short film shows the plight of the working street kids of Bangalore, India
|Filmmakers RajKamal Suthar, left and Alexis Dias.|
DMN: What gave you the idea to make a film about child labor in and around Bangalore?
Alexis Dias: Children suffering is not hidden. I made the film in Bangalore because I am working in Bangalore, if I would have worked in Chennai in India, I would have made the film there.
DMN: You chose to go without dialogue with this short documentary film. Why did you choose to make the film in this style?
AD: Sometimes I believe that silence is more powerful than dialogues. You can speak far better through pictures/images and music than dialogues. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin's silent film - Modern Times is one of the greatest masterpieces through which Sir Charlie Chaplin, in addition to comedy, shown us the suffering of life.
DMN: How many hours of footage was captured during the shooting of the film?
AD: Five hours
DMN: How many people worked on the film, who are they, and what were their roles?
AD: Four persons, Myself, Sundeep.K.S, RajKamal Suthar and VaraPrasad. Sundeep.K.S and RajKamal Suthar were in the final year (May 2006, when we started the project) of their Cinematography course in the Government Film and Television Institute Bangalore. Sundeep was involved in taking the photography. He was also helping RajKamal in camera work and he was always with us throughout the shooting session. - we three (myself, RajKamal and Sundeep) use to walk almost 15 to 20 kilometers per day during the shooting session. RajKamal was doing the camera man job. VaraPrasad, who has more than 10 years of experience in post production, performed the editing and composed the music also. He is working in an animation company in Bangalore. Direction, production and concept was mine.
DMN: Did this film take weeks or months to make? Was it completed in your spare time and the spare time of the others involved in the film?
AD: Yes the film was done in our spare time. We started the project by the first week of May 2006 and the shooting went on until the last week of June 2006. Every Saturday and Sunday we were doing the shooting. (16 days of shooting )
DMN: You are in software development yet you made a very interesting film. Have you had experience with filmmaking in the past? Do you intend to make more films in the future?
AD: Yes I am into software, but we all are into films, because we know how to pick the right film. I had no experience in filmmaking before. This is the first film I made, thanks to the electronics technology because of which a film can be made with very less cost and of course thanks to the Internet technology, my film has reached to you and all. Yes I want to make more films in the future. Thank you for liking my film.
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