Magazine article Variety

Ukrainian Filmmaker Finds Home in India

Magazine article Variety

Ukrainian Filmmaker Finds Home in India

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UKRAINIAN filmmaker Dar Gai, whose "Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence" has its world premiere in Busan's A Window on Asian Cinema strand, has had a fascinating passage to India. The philosophy major spent 10 years acting, directing and organizing festivals in Ukraine. While she was familiar with Western culture, the east was yet to be conquered. So she fired off resumes to schools in China, Japan and India. Soon an invitation letter arrived from the prestigious Scindia School for boys, in Gwalior, central India, to teach theatre and German.

"India became a major source of inspiration for my scripts," said Gai. "I remember the time when I was coming up with at least three feature film ideas every day. I felt a strong sense of connection with the Indian culture. But who knows really, maybe I would have been shooting a Japanese film right now had my letter not reached Gwalior. …

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