Screening of a docu-fiction film “Farewell My Indian Soldier”
Docu-fiction film “Farewell My Indian Soldier”
(The Untold Story of the Indian soldiers in Europe during the First World War)
A film By Vijay Singh
Presented by Mandakini Narain and Gurdeep Sappal present
Screening Organized by Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative)
About the Film
Farewell My Indian Soldier is a docu-fiction, a moving portrayal of Indian soldiers who came to fight in France and Belgium during the First World War. The presence of these 150,000 soldiers in Europe is a virtually unknown fact of history. In this film, Vijay Singh recounts the story of Indian soldiers through the eyes of love and human affection. During their furlough on French barns, some Indian soldiers and French women developed affection for each other and children were born. These Indo-French children became the victims of a taboo because of which most people avoided them. This film is inspired by the story of one such child. In this film, a young girl (Paloma Coquant), a descendant of an unknown Indian soldier and his French hostess, journeys across France, Belgium, England and India and weaves around it the fascinating story of the Indian soldiers in WW1.
Using rare archive, historical testimonies, 100-year old Indian war songs and 600 insightful letters written home by soldiers about their mind-altering experience in France, this film tells the story of these men of whom 10,000 were never to return to their motherland.
This story has never been told before.
About Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh is an acclaimed Indian novelist-filmmaker living in Paris. His first feature Jaya Ganga, which played in French and the UK cinemas for nearly a year, had received stupendous press response. The Guardian had described it as “a mesmerizing film… One of the moist authentic depictions of everyday Indian magic ever screened;” Reviewing One Dollar Curry, BBC movies had said: “Infinitely more subtle than the spate of recent British diaspora pictures, this likably low-key gem effortlessly combines European and Bollywood influences without lapsing into cliché or caricature.”
Duration of film: 64 minutes
In presence of Mr. Vijay Singh, Director of the film
Q & A session will follow the screening
(This film screening is by the courtesy of Alliance Francaise De Bangalore)
Screening on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 at 5.30 PM
Bangalore International Centre,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,