Refreshingly different

Bilal is a young boy growing up in Kolkata, in poverty, and with parents who are blind. He is the subject of a remarkable documentary film by Sourav Sarangi, an independent filmmaker.

"Bilal can see but his parents cannot. He is only three years old and hardly understands what blindness is. Bilal also has a little brother, Hamza. And inside a tiny dark and dank room together they live in a curious game of seeing and not seeing. Neighbors and relatives surround them. The film tells this unusual story by observing the little boy over a year by capturing rare moments of sharing love, fun, cruelty and hope… the wonder world of Bilal."

The film is 88 minutes long, and in English (with subtitles), and in the year or so that it has been on the circuit, has attracted considerable attention and recognition. It showed at MOMA in New York, and won a slew of prizes, including the Golden Award Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, 2009, Best Documentary (Horizons) DOK.FEST, Munich, Best Documentary We Care Film Festival, India, Best Documentary IDSFFK, India, Best Documentary ZIFF, Zanzibar, Silver Ace Las Vegas International Film Festival, Jury Special Award Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre de Humberto Solás, Cuba, and got the Silver Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival.

The latest addition to our list of documentaries distributed by Under Construction, the film is available in VCD and DVD format on this page.

Bilal in Arabic means refreshing. For a film like this, a very appropriate title.