DER Documentary

The Stitches Speak (Tanko Bole Chhe)

launch preview watch a preview

by Nina Sabnani
color, 12 min, 2009

Non-profit, K-12, and Individual pricing also available
See pricing information and conditions

Tanko Bole Chhe (The Stitches Speak) is an animated documentary which celebrates the art and passion of the Kutch artisans associated with Kala Raksha. The film traces multiple journeys made by the participants towards defining their identities and towards forming the Kala Raksha Trust and the School for Design.

The film uses their narrative art of appliqué and embroideries through which they articulate their responses to life, and events as traumatic as the earthquake and as joyful as flying a kite. Through conversations and memories four voices share their involvement in the evolution of a craft tradition.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Short Film Award, International Film Festival on Crafts, France, 2014
Honorable Mention, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, U.S.A., 2012
Ledo Matteoli Award for Best Immigration Story, Humboldt Film Festival, 2011
Stellar Selections Animation Award, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 2011
Best Short Documentary, CINEQUEST, 2011
Honorable Mention, Talking Pictures, USA, 2011
Commendation, Material Culture and Archeology Film Prize, RAI Film Festival, London, 2011
Best Short Professional, FICCI Frames, 2010
Best Short Social Welfare, FICCI Frames, 2010
Best Creative Film, ISFFI (International Short Film Festival India), 2010
Best Short Animation, BOLLYWOOD AND BEYOND, Sttutgart, 2010
Excellence Award, IDPA (Indian Documentary Producers' Association), 2010
19th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany, 2012
Tongues on Fire's 14th London Asian Film Festival, UK, 2012
Tricky Women Festival, Austria, 2012
New York International Children's Film Festival, 2011
COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival, 2011
Hidden Gems Film Festival, Calgary, Canada, 2010
Best Short Animation, Indian Documentary Producers' Association, 2010
Expotoons, International Animation Festival, Argentina, 2010

View more photos on

Related Films
Threads of Life: Hemp And Gender In A Hmong Village
Singing Pictures
Four Films by Robert Ascher
Swiss Graffiti
Popol Vuh

Related Resources

Catalog of New Films DER new films catalog cover
Join Our Mailing List
Suport DER
Supported By Massachusetts Cultural Council National Endowment for the Humanities National Endowment for the Arts