Salim Baba

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Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.


directed by: Tim Sternberg

produced by: Francisco Bello, Scott Mosier, Raja Dey

photographed by: Francisco Bello, Raja Dey

edited by: Tim Sternberg, Arturo Sosa

original score by: David Darling

sound editing and mixing: Eric Strausser, Alexa Zimmerman

Featuring: Salim Muhammad

Salim Baba is a co-production of Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Productions. Salim Baba was made possible through a production grant by the Urban Arts Initiative. Fiscal Sponsorship provided by the Independent Feature Project.

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