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In the presence of the Dalaï Lama


What has India brought us?
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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Il est absolument impossible de dire ce que l’Inde ou le contact avec l’Inde nous a apporté, ou m’a apporté, personne ne peut dire cela. Quelqu'un qui dirait cela serait très présomptueux sur la conscience qu’il aurait de lui même, c’est impossible. D’autres peuvent peut-être le dire. L’Inde m’a prodigieusement intéressé par la complexité de sa culture, de ses croyances, de sa mythologie, mais je ne sais pas ce qu’elle m’a apporté, probablement quelque chose, mais il m’est impossible de le dire.

It is absolutely impossible to tell what India, or contact with it, brings you or has brought me; no one can say that. It would be very presumptuous of the perception they have of themselves. Maybe other people can say that. India has interested me deeply through its complex culture, its beliefs, its mythology, but I don’t know what it has brought me, probably something, but it is impossible to say.

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (1931-2021) began his association with films aged 24 when he was selected by Jacques Tati to write for him. This early experience led to further contact with other film-makers, including Luis Buñuel with whom Carrière collaborated for many years. He wrote screenplays for films including Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Tin Drum and Danton.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: India

Duration: 33 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 18 October 2010