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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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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4th Samsung Womens International Film Festival

The 4th SWIFF was held in Chennai between 15–23 July 2011. The festival was organised by the INKO Centre, in association with the Women’s International Film Festival, Seoul, The National Film Development Corporation, India (NFDC), The National Film Archive of India, (NFAI), and Russian Centre of Science & Culture. The festival screened over 135 from 51 countries across 3 screens at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture. The World Cinema section…

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Persistence Resistance 2011

Edge of Visual Narrative 7 – 10 February 2011 Venue: Max Mueller Bhavan and India International Centre “They (the work of art) are, on the other hand, useful for the formulation of revolutionary demands in the politics of art.” –Walter Benjamin (1936) Walter Benjamin in his 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” develops his own contribution to the theory of art. Right at the…

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Flashpoint Human Rights Film Festival 2010

Mumbai : December 8 – 10, 2010 @ Alliance Francaise New Delhi : January 20 – 22, 2011 @ Alliance Francaise FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival brings together eight extraordinary films from around the world that deal with human rights issues at macro as well as micro level; from global concerns to indigenous issues. These films urge us to reflect, react, revolutionalize and act as a ‘flashpoint’ to usher in…

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