Documentary: The Laughing Club Of India

DVD: The Laughing Club Of India




This is an often-stirring selection of seven documentary shorts culled from the annual Full Frame Documentary film festival (total duration is 2 hrs 45 minutes).

Of particular interest to us is the first 30 minutes documentary "The Laughing Club Of India" from Academy Award nominated filmmaker Mira Nair. This humorous documentary explores the power of laughter through the popular phenomenon of laughing clubs in contemporary Bombay.

The other films are also very interesting and include a moving piece done by Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel about a couple of young boys growing up in Brooklyn, being raised by their maternal grandmother, while their mother is in drug rehah ("Why Can't We Be a Family Again"); a group of elderly Jewish women in New York, playing mah jong and recalling memories from their rich and interesting lives ("We Got Us"); a two minute look at a Bulgarian filmmaker and her various experiences in filmmaking ("Lucy Tsak Tsak"); a lesbian couple and their small business centered around cleaning up crime scenes ("Family Values"); a gritty flop house in the Bowery (called, ironically "The Sunshine") and the famous phone booth that once stood in the Mojave Desert in California, and was the destination for callers and visitors to the desert, while it stood until its demise in 2000 ("Mojave Mirage").

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