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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Apr 26: Secret Ballot 
"In the context of the coming elections and heated debates about the electoral democracy…
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invites you to the screening of
Secret Ballot
Director: Babak Payami
(2001/105minutes/English sub)
Date: 26 April 2008, Saturday Time: 5 – 7.30 pm Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queen's Road (near Indian Express circle, Cunningham Road), Bangalore For directions to the venue, contact 94483 71389 (Uvaraj) or 98860 52763 (Anil). Email .More details about the film, directions to venue, etc. can be found at
Film synopsis
An unsuspecting soldier awakens to discover that he can forget about another uneventful day at his lonely seaside post. It's Election Day!

A ballot box is parachuted down as a young woman pulls up to the shore of the remote island. To the soldier's surprise, she's actually the government bureaucrat in charge of local voting. The couple gets off to a rocky start since the soldier expects election agents to be men.

Whether he wants to or not, the soldier is thrown into an elections adventure that just may put him out of a job. Orders from above force him to accompany the female agent in an army jeep across the island's dusty desert. The agent literally leaves no stone unturned in her search for ballots. Many a surprise lies along their route, as they find themselves in one absurd situation after another.

So much can happen in a single day, especially when opposites attract. Views can change, hearts can melt. By sunset, a woman's idealistic notions can come back down to earth. And a lonely man can discover there's more to voting by secret ballot than he ever imagined

Awards - Silver Lion for Best Director - Babak Payami - 2001 ,Venice International Film Festival Pasinetti Award for Best Film – 2001, Venice International Film Festival
OCIC Award – 2001, Venice International Film Festival Netpac Award – 2001, ,Cinema for Unicef Award - 2001 , the FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention at the London Film Festival , the Special Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival , the Best New Director at the Valladolid International Film Festival. "

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