Indian Or Not Indian # 40

Indian Or Not Indian (Deshi Na Bideshi)

19:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Tim Alazraki
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Country of Production: France
  • Location: India, West Bengal
  • Ethnic Group: Bengali, Orya, French
  • Language: French, Bengali, English


Patrice is a French undocumented immigrant in India. He is married to a Bengali village woman and has three children. His story exemplifies questions about integration, identity and cross culture.

He never went back to France

He has no official papers

He has no permanent visa

He has left everything,

He is no longer French,
He will never be totally Indian...

Neither from here nor there, he does occasional odd jobs to survive, while organizing his life on the fringe of society.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

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