Nero’s Guests

( Finland / 2009 )
In the past 10 years, over 200,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide. Their deaths are a response to the economic hardship experienced in India as globalization dramatically changes the country’s agricultural infrastructure. One journalist from Mumbai devotes himself to revealing the true severity of this agrarian crisis, previously ignored by both the local and international media.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 56 min.
Theme: Asian Studies, Current Affairs, Ecology, Environment, Food, Politics, Poverty, Society
Language(s): English, Marathi
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Deepa Bhatia
Producer(s): -
Cinematographer: -
Editor(s): -
Excluded regions: Germany, France, Finland
Nero’s Guests


Academic Notes

  • Watching Human Rights: The 101 Best Films, By Mark Gibney
    "For some viewers, Nero's Guests will be nothing more than a quirky documentary about suicides among farmers in rural India. The film is certainly about this, but it also provides one of the most insightful and devastating critiques of the perpetuation of the inequities in the global order that I have ever watched, and the revelation of the meaning of the title at the end of the documentary is enough to knock you back in your seat and, more importantly, make you think about your own role in the protection of human rights."
  • The political in Indian documentary film: Material and aesthetic interventions, post-economic liberalization, by Shweta Kishore
    "Nero’s Guests departs from its traditional counterparts; elements of performativity, psychological realism and active spectator address signal an authorial, artistic presence that defies the illusion of objective truth claims presented in earlier forms of political documentary film. Nero’s Guests is structured around a series of visits that Sainath makes to the homes of the perished farmers as part of his investigative journalistic research for his print column. Sainath serves as a protagonist temporally driving forward the narrative while also providing the critical distance necessary for active spectatorship"

awards & accolades

  • Mumbai IFF - FIPRESCI Award

Festival participation

  • IDFA 2009
  • Mumbai IFF

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