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Screening in Hindi, with English subtitles

16 FEB 2018

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Film Screening as part of BrisAsia Festival 2018

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winner: Best Actor & Best Screenplay

As India, the world’s largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion - Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting ‘free and fair’ elections in a minefield like this is no child’s play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton is determined to do his duty. But, as they say in the jungle, ‘The more things change, the worse they will get’.

Newton is a dark comedy about an idealist in a less than ideal world. India, which boasts to be the world’s largest democracy takes elections rather seriously, and in conflict areas, it becomes an opportunity for the state to show its “tough love”. As Newton tries to find order in chaos, we find underlying elements of humor and absurdity.

Presented by Brisbane City Council, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and SunPAC 

Now in its sixth year, BrisAsia Festival will be held over three weeks from Saturday 10 February until Sunday 4 March 2018 with more than 80 events across Brisbane. The program features some of the finest food, dance, music, film, fashion and visual arts providing a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the influence of contemporary and traditional Asian culture on our city.

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