Inspired by the cinema of Lumiere and the ideas of the 20th-century Indian thinker Krishnamurti, renowned ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall explores the Rishi Valley School, a famous progressive co-educational school in Andhra Pradesh, South India, founded on the educational philosophy of Krishnamurti.
This memorable and innovative film, in which each scene is a single shot, attempts to recapture the freshness of observing the world and is dedicated to the simple act of looking. There are no subtitles and no narration.
SchoolScapes will challenge, engage, and inspire students and faculty alike. It will richly reward viewing and discussion in a wide range of courses in film studies, cultural anthropology, Asian and Indian studies, and education. It will certainly take its place among the long list of classic documentaries produced by David MacDougall.