The Men in the Tree
(2002; Color; Video; 98 min.)
The sequel to 'The Boy in the Branch',
the film revisits the RSS, a Hindu right-wing organization in
India after a gap of eight years.
In early 1993, Lalit Vachani and
the Wide Eye Film team completed a documentary film, The Boy
in the Branch, for Channel 4 Television, U.K. Set at the headquarters
of the RSS in Nagpur, the film was about the indoctrination
of young Hindu boys by the RSS - the force behind the Hindu
nationalist movement in India.
Eight years later, Vachani returned
to Nagpur to meet the characters from his earlier film.
At one level, this is a film about
memory. It is a documentary in the form of a personal revisit
where a filmmaker returns to the issues, the locations and the
subjects of an earlier film. At another level, The Men in the
Tree is a political documentary on the RSS and Hindu fundamentalism.
It is about some of the individuals, the stories and the myths,
the buildings and the branches that enable the growth of the
RSS and its Hindutva ideology.
Camera: Ranjan Palit
Sound: P.M. Satheesh, Ranjan Palit
Post-production audio: Asheesh Pandya
Editing: Lalit Vachani, Shikha Sen
Researched, produced and directed by Lalit Vachani
A Wide Eye Film, 2002