An Insignificant Man


An Insignificant Man (2016)



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At the heart of An Insignificant Man is the most polarising man in India today - Arvind Kejriwal. The film follows Kejriwal and his Common Man's Party - an insurgent new political party, as they wield basic public issues like water, electricity, and graft against the country's oldest and most powerful two political establishments. It gives an insider's view into Kejriwal's brand of politics, which has split popular opinion into two prominent factions. One labels it selfish and anarchic, while the other insists on seeing it as a major shift in the Indian political paradigm. The 100-minute film has been distilled from 400 hours of behind-the-scenes footage shot over a course of two years with a fly-on-the-wall approach. We gain a premium, all-access pass to the backstage of a new brand of politics, finding strength all over the world, transporting us smack dab in the middle of party offices, daily meetings, heated arguments, inside jokes, campaign strategies and the true events and ideologies that inform rhetoric in public space. With never-before-seen footage, the film offers a unique insight into the fledgling political party's battle between survival and extinction in the largest democracy in the world. It follows activists, politicians, and academics on their best days and their worst, as they navigate the absurdities, trials, and chaos of Indian politics; and as they reveal their agendas, intentions and ambitions. Capturing moments of triumph and despair, the film is a moving cinematic journey through the narrow lanes of Delhi's slums to the closed corridors of political power.


Critic Reviews for An Insignificant Man

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

An Insignificant Man is journalistically fuzzy and unashamedly partial. But it also has the appealing zeal of an idealistic passion project, and has generated an impressive amount of newsworthy buzz for a first-time feature.

Jun 6, 2017 | Full Review…

An Insignificant Man ... is a truly exciting work of direct cinema, profiling a mass protest movement that ... has a major impact on the future of India.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The power lies in the material itself; the filmmakers just pick up, edit and arrange the most compelling bits into a thrilling whole.

Nov 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Far from a wide-eyed tale about the triumph of populist democracy, An Insignificant Man showcases that even in the muck of politics, incremental changes can truly be momentous.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

[Insignificant Man] is an engaging and deftly crafted documentary.

Nov 17, 2017 | Full Review…

The mark of a good documentary is that you forget that the events unfolding on the screen are not fiction. An Insignificant Man achieves that and even surpasses it.

Nov 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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