Fast Forward to 1984

The story begins in the year 1984, when a 24-year-old man arrives on the winding Formula One (F1) tracks, oblivious to the fact that he was going to be one of the most iconic figures of the sport. The documentary Senna, based on the life of three-time F1 world champion, the late Ayrton Senna, is now being showcased in Delhi as part of the ongoing Film Forward festival — an initiative by the US-based Sundance Institute.

Directed by award-winning Indian-origin filmmaker Asif Kapadia, the BAFTA-winning documentary is one of the 10 films selected for the festival. "When the producers of the film came to me with the idea, I was very excited. I wanted to do it differently, not the talking-head-shot-type documentaries," explains Kapadia, who is in India these days, travelling with the Film Forward group to showcase his film and interact with the audiences here. Kapadia, currently working on another documentary for the London Olympics, adds that he would like to come back to India and do a film with Irrfan Khan.

Among the other films shown during the festival is Another Earth, the 2011 science-fiction thriller that explores the idea of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system; and The Green Wave, an Iranian documentary about the country's green revolution. Film Forward will also showcase Somewhere in Between, a documentary by Linda Goldstein Knowlton, which follows the story of four teenaged girls growing up in the US. "The four girls are of Asian origin and were adopted by American parents," explains Knowlton, adding, "The subject is very close to my heart as my adopted nine-year-old daughter Ruby is of Asian descent."

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