Raghu Rai, an Unframed Portrait

  • Avani Rai
  • India, Finland, Norway
  • 2017
  • 55 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
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Avani Rai didn’t set out to make a film about her father, the famous photographer Raghu Rai. What she wanted was to get to know him better by observing him on one of his photo trips. In the film that she ended up making anyway, father and daughter travel together to the Indian state of Kashmir, where political unrest prevails and violence is commonplace. They photograph their surroundings and each other, in the meantime reflecting on their lives, politics and his craft, which is richly illustrated with material from Raghu Rai’s archive. The elder Rai started taking photos in the 1960s, and has now published more than 50 books. He is best known for his powerful series on the aftermath of the Bhopal toxic gas tragedy in 1984, Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi. Avani films and photographs her father as he works—and as he instructs her on viewpoints and framing. In the process, the film becomes a portrait not only of a passionate photographer, but also of a father-daughter relationship in which the camera is a source of both connection and friction.


  • 55 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles in: English
Avani Rai
Iikka Vehkalahti for IV Films
Executive producer
Anurag Kashyap, Gurmeet Sangha Rai
CRCI India Pvt Ltd
Avani Rai
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IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production

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