NDTV on Saturday announced the launch of a new series, ‘Documentary 24×7’ on its flagship channel NDTV 24×7. The series, a first of its kind on a news channel, will feature an array of cutting edge and path-breaking documentaries that explore contemporary issues. ‘Documentary 24×7’, starting on October 18, will be aired every Thursday at 9.30 pm with a repeat telecast every Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Documentary 24×7 will provide a platform for documentary films that have had a restricted audience in India. The series will move beyond the realm of headlines and breaking news to create a dialogue on broader and more enduring concerns.
The series will feature a mix of award winning works by seasoned filmmakers, both from India and from across the world. The impressive list of filmmakers include Amar Kanwar, Mike Pandey, Safina Uberoi, Sonali Gulati, Vivek Mohan, Pankaj Butalia and Paromita Vohra as well as NDTV’s most seasoned talent including Sutapa Deb, Shikha Trivedi, Radhika Bordia, Swati Thiyagarajan, Sampad Mahapatra, Uma Sudhir and Tisha Srivastav.
The documentary series will be in consonance with NDTV’s pioneering efforts to bring world class, responsible and thought provoking programmes for its viewers. Most documentary films go unnoticed by a majority in the country due to issues in distribution and marketing of this genre. There has long been a niche but avid fan base for documentaries in India. Documentary 24×7 aims to nurture this growing interest and give the filmmakers their deserving due. The series taps talents and issues from across the globe and makes the best of documentaries accessible to a wider audience base.
The series will air documentary films that reflect a wide range of subject, style, content and form. Some of the chosen films include Sonali Gulati’s ‘Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night’ based on the BPO industry from an American immigrant’s perspective; Safina Uberoi’s ‘Brides of Khan’, which portrays Sydney-based photographer Alan Khan, famous for his wedding photographs of Indian, Greek, Lebanese and Chinese immigrants in Australia; ‘Many Faces of Madness’ by Amar Kanwar focusing on the wide-scale ecological devastation in India and ‘Where’s Sandra’ by Paromita Vohra which delves into Christian stereotypes.
The programme will span cultures to provide viewers a chance to watch uncommon documentaries of a high quality, in keeping with NDTV’s vision to offer television audiences incomparable programmes.