This year’s Sundance Film Festival is special for India. “Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon” by Anamika Haksar is the only Indian film in the exclusive New Frontier section of the Sundance Film Festival, 2019.
This section focuses on avant-garde work by creators committed to pushing the boundaries of storytelling.
The film got its name, Anamika Haksar says, via one of her aunts. “She told me an anecdote about hailing a tonga driver who had an emaciated horse. He refused to take her, saying he had to feed his horse jalebis.” The story is combination of ironic humour, a fading tradition of tongawallahs, a poorly fed horse and an impoverished driver. Who had probably not had a jalebi himself in months.
Of the 112 films selected, 40 percent are directed or co-directed by a woman, 36 percent by a person of color and 13 percent by someone who identifies as LGBTQ will be screen Jan 24-Feb 3 in Park City, Salt Lake City and at the Sundance resort.
Commenting on the huge number of submissions, new programming director Kim Yutani said “The 2019 Sundance Film Festival will boast “the most inclusive line-up we’ve had in a long time”.
Some of the documentaries will spotlight such notable women as sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, impeached Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, yacht racer Tracy Edwards, and Texas journalist Molly Ivins. Also on tap is an exposé of movie mogul and former Sundance regular Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged incidents of sexual assault and harassment kicked off the #MeToo movement just over a year ago.