‘An Insignificant Man’: A biographical film on Arvind Kejriwal to release on November 17 this year. Directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla, An Insignificant Man is a non-fiction political thriller that chronicles the rise of Kejriwal from a social activist to a politician.
The film had been in news recently after it was stalled by the ex-censor board chief, who had asked the filmmakers to get permissions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians. Ironically, the film was championed by the international film-making community and senior executives at Vice.
Finally, in a precedent setting order, the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal) overruled the board’s ‘unconstitutional’ demand and cleared the film in its entirety.
“I first saw the ‘An Insignificant Man’ at TIFF in 2016 and I came away thinking it was the best doc about street-level politics since Marshall Curry’s Street Fight,” said Jason Mojica, Executive Producer, VICE Documentary Films.
“We at VICE closely followed the filmmakers and the censorship battle over the film over the past few months. VICE will always champion independent filmmakers fighting for freedom of expression, and are putting our entire global platform behind this film. We’re bringing ‘An Insignificant Man’ to our audience around the world, because we think it’s a highly relevant film for anyone who sees problems in their own political systems and has the impulse to get personally involved in trying to change things.”
Though the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, the acquisition means the film will be shown in over 22 countries in theatres, on television and digitally.
“For the first time ever in the history of Indian cinema, a film will show exactly what goes on behind closed doors of a political party. Vice has led the content market when it comes to serious non-fiction work. They are fearless in what they do and it’s exciting for us to have such an inspiring international partner on board. We will be kicking things off by getting the film out in India this November” said Anand Gandhi of Memesys Lab.
It will be releasing on 17 November in India.