Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Last Post

The Last Post, a new documentary film from India, tells the story of a man (Nila Nayak) who has been transporting mail bags from the post office to the bus stand on a rickety horse drawn cart for more than four decades.

According to an article in the Deccan Sunday Herald, "The Last Post is a tribute to the silent workers of India Post. Here, one also gets a glimpse of postage stamps depicting the various means of transporting mail – through runners, ponies, motor vehicles, trains, ships and by aircrafts."

Come rain or shine, Nila[shown above] is forced to make the mandatory five trips, two kms each way, from the post office to the bus stand for which he is paid Rs 90 per day. On the days he is absent, he has to pay the post office Rs 200 – the amount required for transporting the mail.

The short 22-minute film won a silver medal at the INPEX held in Chennai in January 2008.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM