70’s docu film brings back queues outside Science City

Space Theatre at Science City,which boasts of India’s first large format film theatre,has come up with an Oscar nominee to treat young and old of the city.

Written by Ritam Halder | Kolkata | Published:January 25, 2012 12:20 am

The Space Theatre at Science City,which boasts of India’s first large format film theatre,has come up with an Oscar nominee to treat young and old of the city.

Amazon,a documentary directed by Keith Merill and shot in Peru and Bolivia,shows the flora and fauna along the largest river on the earth. It traces the journeys of an Indian shaman Julio Mamani and an ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin,who seeks medicinal plants in the Amazon river basin. The film was nominated for the Best Documentary Short in the 1997 Academy of Motion Picture.

Children,who visit Science City for a day of fun and frolic with various scientific lessons as a bonus,are loving the film. The the public screening of film began on Christmas.

“I had read about Amazon and even watched it on Discovery Channel. But this was completely different. I felt the journey of these two characters through the film. At times,I had the feeling that I was flying over the vast,endless river,” Riju Mukherjee,a Class VI student,said.

His father,Rajiv,felt that everyone must watch a film at the Space Theatre. “It’s a better experience than watching something on a 3-D screen. Everything else around you ceases to exist and you actually feel part of this cinematic extravaganza. And the best part is you learn so much about the plants,animals,birds,insects and the tribes of the Amazon,” he said.

The 38-minute documentary — with English,Hindi and Bengali shows — has increased the usual footfall at the Science City theatre.

“Usually there are five daily shows. However,we increase the number depending on the footfall. In this holiday season,we are organising extra shows even till 7 in the evening,” Amar Chowdhury,education officer at Science City,said.

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