Re: [Frameworks] Film and Airport Security in India

From: Bernd Luetzeler (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 04 2010 - 20:47:43 PDT

Getting film stock into Bombay is really an issue, they even randomly force people to x-ray their hand luggage on arrival. When I traveled to Bombay with a whole bag of 16mm stock, I got it hand-checked in Germany, then in Dubai they were super pushy, not making any exceptions, so it got x-rayed, and arriving in Bombay, the guy just randomly bypassed me, so all in all it was x-rayed only once. Later, when I was running out of stock in Bombay, I wanted to buy new stock from Kodak and got told that only 400 feet spools are available. So I ordered some 16mm vision-3 250D on 100 feet spools from Kodak Lab in MIDC, the price was twice the amount of the same material in 400 feet spools. It took some 6 weeks to arrive from US and I had to pick it up myself from a dusty Kodak warehouse in Sakinaka. In the meantime I found people who can quickly transfer 400 onto 100 feet spools, but that's 16mm of course, and won't help you in Super-8.
So if you have plenty of time and money, you could check with Kodak in Bombay whether they would be able to import Super-8 stock for you and whether that would get x-rayed or not.

On 05.07.2010, at 01:17, Shobun Baile wrote:

> I'm planning on taking a small amount, maybe 10 rolls, of color negative super 8 stock with me to India. I have read the threads on X-ray machines in airport security but I did not encounter anyone with specific experience in India.
> Just based on my past experiences in the Delhi and Mumbai airports, the people working security can be extremely pushy and unwilling to listen to your concerns. Does anyone know if I would be able to request hand inspection for my film in India? Or does is there any official documentation of India-specific laws I can print out and refer to? Any experiences in India with motion picture film and airport security would be very helpful.
> Shobun
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