Streaming April 28-May 1st, 2023
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
India I 60 mins I Documentary I 2022 I English, Gujarati,
Hindi w/ English subtitles
Official Selection of Bangkok International Documentary Awards & Cambridge Film Festival
After decades of dormancy, the aging icons of Parsi Theatre return to the stage, putting aside their walking sticks and wheelchairs for one final curtain. Plunging into rehearsals, this documentary chronicles the resilience of a singular cast of characters that want nothing more than to go out with a bang.
For most of them it will be the last time on stage after careers spanning over half a century. As the film tumbles headfirst into the creative chaos of rehearsals, we are given an intimate portrait of the bonds shared between veteran stars and youngsters and a joyous celebration of old age.
When a great tragedy befalls the cast on the eve of the final show will the show go on, despite the odds?
About the Artist
Divya Cowasji is a photographer and documentary filmmaker who lives in a small town in central India. Her work as a documentary filmmaker won her a National Award in 2015.
Divya was also awarded the Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarship for two semesters studying Analogue & Alternate Processes in Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. In 2021, she was the recipient of the India Photo Festival Grant. In the same year, she was selected as a Fellow in the American Film Showcase Documentary Workshop (USC School of Cinematic Arts).
Her personal work focuses on the telling of oral histories, on ideas of home and family, memory, place, play and the body. Her photographs have been exhibited Objectifs Women in Film & Photo, Singapore (2021), India Photo Festival, Hyderabad (2021), Vantage Point Sharjah (2021), Glasgow Gallery of Photography (2020), Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia (2020), and Chennai Photo Biennale (Winner Portfolio Review with Agence VU, 2020).
Jall Cowasji is a cinematographer and filmmaker from a small town called Mhow in central India. At the age of ten, his grandmother introduced him to a video camera, and the rest is predictable history. He is currently shooting PIRATES, a Disney+ India action-drama series set in Somalia, his longest and most demanding project to date. His recent work includes segments of ‘Omnivore’, the upcoming docu-series for Apple TV, led by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
A 2020 graduate of the MFA Film Program at NYU Tisch, Jall has worked across cultures, including in India, South Africa, Norway, Sicily, and the US. His work was nominated for the 2019 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for 'Outstanding Cinematography'. His creative approach is rooted in the search for simplicity, and he believes in a work environment that holds kindness and composure as integral to the creative process.