The Salt Stories
(2008; Colour and B/W; Video; 84
Director's cut and the longer version
of `In Search of Gandhi', THE SALT
STORIES is a road movie documentary set in modern India that
follows the trail of Mahatma Gandhi's salt march of 1930.
In 1930, a group of Indians led by
a frail, elderly man marched a distance of 241 miles. They marched
Mahatma Gandhi was able to craft
an anti-colonial, nationalist movement around the most basic
issue of livelihood: the right of Indians to make and consume
their own salt.
77 years later, the Wide Eye Film
team followed the trail of the famous Dandi salt march, stopping
at the same villages and towns, in search of Gandhi's legacy.
Set against the backdrop of Gandhi's
original journey, this is a road-movie about issues of livelihood
in modern, globalizing India. It is a documentary about 'the
salt stories' of our times.
Camera: Mrinal Desai
Location sound and post-production audio: Anita Kushwaha
Editing and additional camera: Lalit Vachani
Additional editing: Menno Boerema
Researched, produced and directed by Lalit Vachani
A Wide Eye Film, 2008
Best documentary film, MIAAC 2009
2nd prize, Film South Asia Kathmandu, 2009