Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece The Apu Trilogy is widely considered one of the most important works in cinema history, and in 1992, Ray was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. But when film preservationist David Sheppard went to Bengal, he found the original negatives in a terrible state. “It’s hard to think of another world-class filmmaker whose oeuvre hangs by such a thin thread,” Sheppard said. The Song of the Little Road tells the story of how a master’s body of work came so close to disintegration, and why Ray’s films move audiences so deeply across time and cultural boundaries. Three icons – director Martin Scorsese, producer Ismail Merchant, and music composer Ravi Shankar – illustrate stirringly what makes a masterpiece.
Director: Priyanka Kumar
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Ismail Merchant, Ravi Shankar
Produced By: Priyanka Kumar. Distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment.