You Don't Belong

Director: Spandan Banerjee
English (subtitled), 75 min, 2011, India
Myth and memory, folk and copyright, home and migration are the larger narratives emerging from the journey of a song from the margins into the urban mainstream.
You Don't Belong
A still from You Don't Belong

Disparate characters who are bound together by a filmmaker's search for the elusive author of a song, popular in collective memory as a traditional folk song. Paban Das is a Baul singer living in France singing songs of wandering minstrels. Arun Chakraborty is a poet living a quietly content life in a hamlet of West Bengal. Bhoomi is a band from Kolkata, popular for their renditions of folk tunes. Prabudha is a musician with a history of protest music. Paraspather is an erstwhile band left with memories of their popular songs and lost fame. A long self-reflexive journey into the world of folk, nudges established ideas of home, nostalgia, belonging, and authorship.

Producer: Overdose
Director: Spandan Banerjee
Camera: Mrinal Desai, Qaushik Mukherjee, Sunil Pillai
Script: Rupleena Bose
Editing: Abhishek Batra, Spandan Banerjee
Sound: Partha Burman
Music: Indraadip Dasgupta
  • Special Jury Award at the 59th National Film Awards, India, 2012
  • Special Jury Mention, 4th IDSFFK, Kerala, 2011
Select Screenings:
  • Featured in the Indian Panorama, 42nd IFFI, 2011
  • US Premiere at the New York Indian Film Festival, New York, 2011
  • India Premiere at the Persistence Resistance, New Delhi, 2011
About the Director:

Born in Calcutta, Spandan studied at St. Xavier’s College and moved to Delhi in 1997 on work. His love for the visual medium, lead him to start his career as an art director and an occasional cartoonist. After several years and awards, in 2003 he quit his job in advertising and started his independent outfit, Overdose Films, Delhi. Since then Spandan has been directing and producing shorts, documentaries, narrative films as well as commissioned film projects. His films have been shown across various international film festivals in Europe & USA.

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