Persistence Resistance 2014

16 – 20 February 2014 Venues: Goethe Institut – Max Mueller Bhavan India International Centre Khoj International Artists’ Association The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives a final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates…

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Persistence Resistance 2012

“Our eyes see very little and very badly – so people [ …] have perfected the cinecamera to penetrate more deeply into the visible world, to explore and record visual phenomena so that what is happening now, which will have to be taken account of in the future, is not forgotten.” – Dziga Vertov “The other is in me and in the midst of my very identification.” – Emmanuel Levinas…

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The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour

Izzatnagari ki Asabhya Betiyan English and Hindi (with English subtitles), 93 min, 2011 The film traverses the violent landscape of ‘honour’ crimes, gender and caste discrimination in Haryana to tell the tale of a unique resistance. ‘Asabhaya Betiyaan’ (Immoral Daughters) from the Jat community are taking on the powerful, male and upper caste dominated community courts or the ‘Khap Panchayats’. The film follows few such women, urban and rural, who…

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Partners in Crime

English (subtitled), 94 min, 2011 Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Are alternative artists who want to hold rights over their art and go it alone in the market, visionaries or nutcases? Is the fine line between plagiarism and inspiration a cop-out or a whole other way of looking at the fluid nature of authorship? Who owns a song – the person who made it or the person who…

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Under the Weather

English (subtitled), 23 min, 2011 In villages across India, climate change is real and palpable. Over the last few decades, the weather is changing and so is a way of life. The changing climate affects not only livelihoods but cultures of entire communities. Climate change is being witnessed across India. The coastal areas of Tamil Nadu have become vulnerable to floods and heavy storms, while in Rajasthan drop in rainfall…

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Persistence Resistance in London (2011)

Persistence Resistance is premised on the belief that documentary practices in any place actively participate in the shaping of our times. The strong history of documentary filmmaking in India and the continued explorations and experimentations with documentary form offer an extensive intellectual and creative platform to think through and debate current urgencies in South Asia as well as in the UK, Europe and elsewhere internationally. In its fourth year, Persistence…

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Sessions

Indian Arts on Film 2/11/2011, University of Westminster What makes a successful documentary about art?  What specific issues arise when translating the visual arts onto film?  How far do different cultural contexts require different approaches? This seminar brings together documentary filmmakers and arts theorists from India and UK to explore these questions and discuss a range of approaches. Following this, two Indian arts documentaries by Arun Khopkar will be screened.…

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Academics

Alisa Lebow Alisa Lebow is Senior Lecturer in Screen Media at Brunel University. She is the author of ‘First Person Jewish’ (UMN Press, 2008) and the editor of the forthcoming ‘Cinema of Me: The Self and Subjectivity in First Person Documentary’ (Wallflower Press, 2012). She is also a filmmaker whose films include ‘For the Record: The World Tribunal on Iraq’ (2007), ‘Treyf’ (1998) and ‘Outlaw’ (1994).   Alpa Shah Alpa…

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Practitioners

Arun Khopkar Arun Khopkar obtained his Diploma in Film Direction from FTII in 1974. He has directed two feature and several non-feature films. His films on arts and artists have won over fifteen national and international awards. He was awarded the Golden Lotus, the highest National Award three times for his short films. His book on the film director Guru Dutt won the National Award for the best book on…

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The Films

16mm: Memories, Movement and a Machine Director: K.R. Manoj 40 min, 2007 Memories of the 70’s bring with it memories about cinema. Those days, considered to be the high point of ‘new wave’ or ‘art film’ and the film society movement in Keralam, one felt a sort of frisson nouveau in the air, a feeling of being at a turning point, as if something was about to happen. Film society…

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