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DIVA-the base of diwali

This documentary is based on the potter's family to show that how the family works hard for four-five months to make the earthenlamps (divas) for the Indian festival Diwali. But nowadays people do not like to purchase the earthenlamps for the festival. They prefer to use the deepmala ( electrical series of lamps ). This documentary conveys the message that we should not underestimate the dedication and untired toil of the potter and we should also value the work of the potter.

  • Gurbhej Guru
  • Mahinder parjapat & family
    Key Cast
  • Gurbhej Guru
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  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 22, 2020
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  • Language:
    Hindi, Panjabi
  • Shooting Format:
    vivo 1907(s7) mobile phone
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  • Student Project:
  • Chalachitram National Film Festival
    Jyoti Chitrabon Film Studio, Guwahati, Assam
    March 8, 2020
    Semi final
  • Noble International Film Festival And Awards
    2030/2, Asha Township, Hennur Main Road,Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
    September 2, 2021
    official selection
Director Biography - Gurbhej Guru

My name is Gurbhej singh, 25 year old ,study in college of art, new Delhi. phone:- 9464032246

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Director Statement

The documentary follows two interconnecting narrative paths, one comprising of interviews with three generations of people dealing with soil pottery and the other one showing the production method. Both paths are quite eloquent in their message. The job is back-breaking, dirty, and essentially does not leave much earning, since people do not prefer these products anymore. The tiredness and sense of abandonment is evident in the faces of every one interviewed, and even more in the men in their 30s who feel like they are wasting their best years for nothing. An elderly woman, whose whole family deals in diva, highlights the fact that this is the only thing they know to do, and that is why they keep at it, along with a sense of dedication to the work, which is, though, quite toned down in the younger generations.