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Director: Anamika Haksar
Year: 2018
Duration: 121′
Language: VOSE
Genre: Drama

“Taking the Horse to Eat Jalebis” follows four main characters: a pickpocket, a street vendor, a laborer activist and a guide for Heritage Walks. The viewer is able to see Old Delhi through their eyes — their lives, hopes, aspirations and dreams — and we hear it through their various languages and dialects. Fusing documentary with magic realism, as well as true and fictionalized stories with poetry and dreams, the film is a love letter to the syncretic culture of Old Delhi, to its history slowly losing itself in concrete and smog. The film was presented at the Sundance Film Festival 2019, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2018, Mumbai Film Festival 2018 and the Ottawa Indian film festival Awards 2019. And it was the winner of the Best Debut Director Award and received and Special Mention in Cinematography at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018.

Anamika Haksar is an Indian theatre director. Having trained under Badal Sarcar and B.V. Karanth at the National School of Drama (NSD), she later went to the State Institute of Theatre Arts, Moscow. She won the Sanskriti Award for developing a new theater language in India in 1995. In 2016, she was invited to the Kochi Biennale to exhibit an acclaimed theatre installation.


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