minutes / B & W / 1978
An important historical record of a traumatic
period in India's recent political history, PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
focuses on the State of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi from
1975 to March 1977.
During the Emergency the media
was muzzled, over 100,000 people were
arrested without charge and imprisoned without trial. But political
prisoners existed before the Emergency, and they continue to
even after it is over.
Grand Prize, The Tyne Award, UK, 1982
result of a few years of painstaking work Prisoners of Conscience
is a bold attempt to fight against
the lies the system in India wishes to propagate on the issue of
political prisoners. It is real, authentic, and part of the
...needs to be shown widely."
Bulletin of Concerned
"PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE, made under
appalling conditions, displayed a courage never shown before
the documentary movement in India."
"The power of the film derives from its
restraint. Restraint does not imply a reluctance to state facts.
The film does that only too clearly."
The Times of India
"A paean to those in the past and those
in the present who have not hesitated to struggle for a just
and who, in the process, may have been imprisoned or even lost
Critical Asian Studies
Editing, Sound -
Camera- Venugopal Thakkar
Production Assistance -