Global Lens: Ocean of an Old Man

In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera’s debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss.

"In just about 85 minutes of its running time, Ocean of an Old Man succeeds in bringing on screen the physical and emotional devastation wrought by the 2004 tsunami. Having been shot on location in the Andaman Islands, the film provides the perfect backdrop for this poetic drama. The film is a sheer visual delight and cinematographer Tapan Vyas’ frame is a canvas – roots, spooky, leafless trees, a window frame, an abandoned church, a painted ship on a still ocean. The images dazzle, enhance the pathos and tell a story." -Real Bollywood

Runtime: 84 min. In Hindi with English subtitles in. Watch clip here.

This film is being co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens collection. For more information, visit

Cost: FREE for Museum Members, $5 Non-members. Tickets available soon!

Sponsored by:
the Museum's Asian Arts Council

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