Film of the Fortnight: Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray

Say Indian film and most people think of colourful Bollywood movies filled with song and dance routines. Indian film is, however, so much more than that. A case in point is Pather Panchali (meaning Song of the Road), a black and white Indian drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. Pather Panchali tells the story of a brother and sister growing up in rural Bengal. It is Ray’s debut film and was made on a shoestring budget with mostly amateur actors. Social realist and poetic at the same time, Panther Panchali established Ray as a distinguished filmmaker and is often called one of the greatest movies ever made.

Hanna

Hanna

Hanna is a culture lover of great proportions: film is her hobby and her work; tv-series are her nighttime pleasure; literature is her bad conscience since course books take up most of her reading time; art is her spare time passion; music is her everything. She has an insatiable hunger for traveling and a taste for good food, preferably vegetarian. She is sometimes socially awkward but always socially committed. The perfectionist in her rarely sleeps but judges herself a thousand times harder than others.
Hanna