1981-1990ArthouseGovindan AravindanIndia

Govindan Aravindan – Oridathu AKA And Then There Was a Village (1986)


Set in a remote part of Travancore-Cochin, Oridathu tells the story of a village where electricity arrives for the first time. The villagers find this modern innovation as a threat to their natural way of life, accustomed to more earthy resources of energy. The film depicts the narrow mindedness and hypocrisies of village lives with humour. The film reaches a conclusion that life is better without electricity and also condemns cinema as a legitimate means of expression.


Subtitles:Arabic Hardcoded

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