Check In: Sikkim (1971)

Check In: Sikkim (1971)

Lingering shots of Indian soldiers & military vehicles in market places, roadsides & official ceremonies, like the rebel armies in Tintin and the Picaros, probably doomed this excellent documentary to a premature burial at the hands of the notoriously intolerant Indian government. But the beautiful cinematography by Soumendu Roy & narration by Ray make this worth it’s while. Especially amusing was the loud cheers of the PFA Berkeley audience when Ray informed that 25% of the small kingdom’s budget goes to education. Which makes it a worthy top half of a bill with Capra’s Shangri La.


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