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National Museum Cinémathèque: Heerak Rajar Desha

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The National Museum of Singapore is proud to present a retrospective of Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest masters of world cinema.

Consisting of 25 feature films, rarely seen short films and documentaries as well as a roundtable discussion by film experts and critics, the retrospective will provide audiences the opportunity to discover the vast riches and diversity of Ray’s cinema.

Heerak Rajar Desha / The Kingdom of Diamonds
23 Oct, 4.30pm
1980 | India | 118 min | 35mm | PG
In Bengali with English subtitles

This film is the sequel to The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha. Ten years have passed in the kingdom of Shundi. Our two heroes have married the princesses and each has a child, but they have become bored with their lives.

An invitation arrives from the Kingdom of Diamonds, inspiring them to pay a visit to that land. The ruler there behaves despotically, bleeding his people with taxes and exploiting them in his diamond mine; he wants a scientist to build him a brainwashing machine.

A professor, Udayan, tries to incite the people to rise up against this tyrant, but the king closes the schools as the machine invented by the scientist begins to work. In the midst of all this, Goopy and Bagha meet the professor and join forces with him in order to liberate the populace from their oppressor.

Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

via National Museum of Singapore

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