A Night of Knowing Nothing
Directed by Payal Kapadia • 2021 • France, India
Starring Bhumisuta Das
Through fictional love letters found in a cupboard at the Film and Television Institute of India, we meet L, a film student writing to her estranged lover while he is away. Gradually we’re immersed in the drastic changes taking place at the school and in the lives of young people across the country as they take to the streets to protest the widespread religious and caste-based discrimination intensifying under Narendra Modi. In her debut film, Payal Kapadia deftly merges reality with fiction, weaving together archival footage with student protest videos to create a vital tapestry of the personal and the political. With its dreamlike editing rhythms and revelatory use of sound, A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING is both an essential document of contemporary India and a nostalgic look at youth fighting the injustice of their time.
Up Next in Documentaries
Songs for Drella
Directed by Ed Lachman • 1990 • United Kingdom, United States
Starring Lou Reed, John Cale
Newly restored, this elegiac concert documentary captures the extraordinary 1990 reunion of estranged Velvet Underground bandmates Lou Reed and John Cale. The occasion for this landmark event was a live pe...
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s INFERNO
Directed by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea • 2009 • France
Starring Romy Schneider, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Serge Reggiani
In 1964, master director Henri-Georges Clouzot began work on his most ambitious film yet. Set in a beautiful lakeside resort in the Auvergne region of France, INFERNO was...
Directed by Agnès Varda • 1970 • United States
Agnès Varda turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration against the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton. In addition to evincing Varda’s fascination with her adopted surroundings and her empathy, this perceptive sho...