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135 Ratings

Distant Thunder

Ashani Sanket

Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1973


Satyajit Ray’s drama about the Bengal famine of 1942-1943 stars frequent Ray collaborator Soumitra Chatterjee as Gangacharan, a Brahmin who sets up a school in a remote Bengali village.

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Distant Thunder Directed by Satyajit Ray

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1973 | 2 wins including: Golden Bear

Chicago International Film Festival

1974 | Winner: Golden Hugo for Best Film

Critics reviews

The laws of supply and demand act as the master plot, the ledgers of merchants function like a script. Yet, for Ray, their implication is moral. In the face of hunger and desperation, civil society comes off its hinges as swiftly and devastatingly as if washed away by natural disaster. In his view, the fragile bond of humanity rests in the hidden hand of politics; his triumph as an artist is its revelation.
November 27, 2012
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