BECAUSE WE DID NOT CHOOSE

92 mins | English | Welsh | Khasi | Pnar (with English subtitles)

100 years have passed since the First World War began- the war that was the beginning of all wars. Nations and communities all over the world have directly or indirectly been affected by it. Some of these experiences are evident today while some have been internalised as time glosses over pages of history. ‘Because we did not choose’ looks at the First World War and the involvement of communities at a time when spaces inhabited by them were transitioning or struggling to accommodate modernity and the rest of its implications. Shot over a period of 4 years, this is the only film from India that examines the participation of people in the theaters of First World War.

Screenings:

• Premiered at the Indian High Commission, Mayfair, London, September 2017
• Atrium, Cardiff, Wales, October 2017
• Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Mumbai, November 2017
• India International Centre, New Delhi, November 2017
• Goethe- Zentrum, Hamburg Hall, Hyderabad, November 2017
• India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, 27 November 2017
• Khasi National Durbar, Shillong, December 2017
• State Central Library, Shillong, December 2017
• District Auditorium, Tura, December 2017
• Tpep Pale Hall, Jowai, December 2017
• English and Foreign University, Shillong, March 2018
• North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, March 2018
• St. Mary’s College, April 2018
• Synod College, June 2018
• St. Anthony’s college, July 2018

Tv premiere on Latest TV, Brighton, UK 10:00pm | (Freeview Channel 7, Virgin Media 159)

Reviews

• On a journey of empathy
https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/on-a-journey-of-empathy/article21042455.ece

• Historical documentary to be screened on December 8
https://www.sentinelassam.com/news/historical-documentary-to-be-screened-on-dec-8/

• Documentary in remembrance of a war past
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170911/jsp/northeast/story_172089.jsp

• http://mattersindia.com/2017/09/because-we-did-not-choose