Salim Baba

Salim Baba is a 2007 American short documentary film directed by Tim Sternberg. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.[1]

Salim Baba
Directed byTim Sternberg
Produced byFrancisco Bello
Scott Mosier
CinematographyFrancisco Bello
Edited byArturo Sosa
Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Productions
Distributed byCinemax
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
15 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film follows Salim Muhammad, a 55-year-old man who lives in Kolkata with his wife and children. Since the age of ten he's supported himself by screening discarded film scraps for area children using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons hoping that they will carry on this tradition.[2]

Salim Baba was co-produced by Ropa Vieja Films and Paradox Smoke Productions, with a grant from the Urban Arts Initiative and financial support from the Independent Feature Project.[2] The film was presented as part of Maryland Film Festival's Opening Night shorts program on the evening of May 1, 2008.


  1. ^ "The 80th (2008) Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Salim Baba". Projects. Ropa Vieja Films. Retrieved April 21, 2012.

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