Freedom: My Story

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HarperCollins, Apr 10, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Growing up in a newly free India, film-maker Arunaraje Patil came to be deeply invested in the idea of freedom - for herself, for those around her and for the society she was growing up in. To be truly independent, though, there was a lot of unlearning and disengaging she had to do: from conversations of the past, from who she knew herself to be and from the image that she had trapped herself in. It was with her fourth film Rihaee (1988) that Patil rediscovered herself and her own creative expression. That movie was a declaration of intent, one that set her on a journey that continues to this day. Freedom: My Story is the chronicle of a radical thinker and film-maker in a male-dominated world, her struggles, her inspirations, the prejudices she had to deal with and, ultimately, the freedom her art offered. This is as much the story of one immensely inspiring life as it is an acute look into a young, changing nation.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD BY SHYAM BENEGAL PREFACE
LIBERATION
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
ALMA MATER AND MARRIAGE
EARLY DAYS
FIRST STEP FORWARD
DELVING INTO THE UNKNOWN
A REALLIFE TRAGEDY
MARRIAGE SEX LOVE AND
TAKING NEW RISKS
DOCUMENTARIES MY OTHER PASSION
TRANSFORMATION
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PHOTOGRAPHIC INSERTS
ABOUT THE BOOK

FINDING ONESELF AGAIN
DISCOVERING POVERTY AND DEPRAVIT
ABOUT THE AUTHOR COPYRIGHT
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Arunaraje Patil, a practising film-maker, was the first female technician to be trained at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) forty-nine years ago. With many features and documentaries that have won her laurels and awards, she is a feminist with a unique voice.

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