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‘Newton’ Exclusive Clip: Berlinale Black Comedy Amusingly Illustrates Struggle in the Fight for Free Elections — Watch

Newton, an election volunteer, is stationed in the jungle to ensure the residents there have a chance to vote in a fair and free election.


One of the privileges of the United States is the right to a fair and free election. Various countries throughout the world do not.

“Newton,” directed by Amit V Masurkar, focuses on the struggles in maintaining a fair and free election in India, with a very amusing twist. The film debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year, where it won the CICAE Art Cinema Prize (Forum Section). It will next screen at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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According to the official synopsis, “As India, the world’s largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion — Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting ‘free and fair’ elections in a minefield like this is no child’s play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of an attack by Maoist rebels.”

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“Newton” gives insight to the incredible fight for a right and true election of the people by the people, with the added bonus of some very timely humor. The film is an official selection of the International Narrative Competition for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

“Newton” will be screened at Tribeca from April 24 – April 27. Check out our exclusive clip from the film below, plus a brand new poster.

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