Karagarga
Type of site
Internet forum, file sharing
URLkaragarga.in
RegistrationRequired; by invitation only

Karagarga is a members-only Internet forum, BitTorrent tracker, and file sharing archive used primarily for sharing and downloading films considered to be obscure or rare.[1][2] The website's community of members are dedicated to "creating a comprehensive library of arthouse, cult, classic, experimental and rare movies from all over the world."[3] Karagarga is closed to the public, and is accessible by exclusive invitation only.[1][2]

Karagarga's archive contains tens of thousands of films, many of which are unavailable for acquisition or viewing by other means.[1] Members are prohibited by the website's moderators from uploading films considered to be Hollywood productions or mainstream blockbusters.[1][2] The archive also contains books, magazines, albums and television series.[1] Beyond sharing media, members have also been known to create subtitles for films in languages not previously made available, such as English subtitles for a number of films by Iranian director Sohrab Shahid-Saless.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Karagarga and the vulnerability of obscure films". National Post. July 3, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Jáuregui, Tania Tapia (January 7, 2019). "Forget Netflix: Inside the Forums Where People Share Obscure Pirated Movies". Vice. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Balsom, Erika (2017). After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0231176927. It is, however, possible to obtain a copy of Lovemaking if one has a membership to Karagarga, a private BitTorrent community devoted to 'creating a comprehensive library of Arthouse, Cult, Classic, Experimental and rare movies from all over the world.'
  4. ^ Fatehrad, Azadeh, ed. (2020). ReFocus: The Films of Sohrab Shahid-Saless: Exile, Displacement and the Stateless Moving Image. Edinburgh University Press. p. 155. ISBN 978-1474456395.