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Invisible Demons

by Rahul Jain Documentary Competition

Heat waves with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees, water shortages in entire neighbourhoods and a cityscape shrouded in smog: in the Indian metropolis of Delhi, the effects of global warming are not a dystopian vision of the future, but a merciless present. Since India's economy opened up to global trade in 1991, economic growth and environmental pollution have continued unabated. Filmmaker Rahul Jain takes us to his home city, where air conditioning is a status symbol and dirt particles buzz through the air like poisonous darts. With captivating imagery and incisive statements from the city's inhabitants, he documents how in today's climate reality clean water and pure air are degenerating into luxury goods.

Nominated for the Science Film Award

About the director(s)

Rahul Jain was born in New Delhi and grew up in the Himalayas. He graduated with a master’s degree in art and politics from the California Institute of the Arts. His directing debut MACHINES screened at more than 160 international film festivals and won countless awards, including the Golden Eye at ZFF in 2017. INVISIBLE DEMONS, his second feature-length documentary film, world premiered at this year’s film festival in Cannes.

Filmography (selection): Invisible Demons (doc, 2021) | Machines (doc, 2016)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: DOC: Environment & Nature
  • Country, Year: India, USA, Finland, Germany, 2021
  • Runtime: 70 Min
  • Languages: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Rahul Jain
  • Screenplay: Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton, Iikka Vehkalahti
  • Cinematography: Saumyananda “Somo” Sahi, Tuomo Hutri, Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
  • Editor: Yaël Bitton
  • Sound: Susmit “Bob” Nath
  • Music: Kimmo Pohjonen
  • Producers: Iikka Vehkalahti, Heino Deckert
  • Executive Producers: Diane Weyermann, Jeff Skoll, Frank Lehmann, Jaya Jain
  • Production Companies: Participant Media, Toinen katse Oy, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion
  • World Sales: MK2
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