Persistence Resistance: A festival of contemporary political films

Organised by Magic Lantern Foundation and India International Centre 28, 29 and 30 April 2008 Venue: India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003 The Festival In the last decade or so Indian image-makers have crossed new boundaries, carried out different formal experiments and also recast the notion of political film making. Women have played a significant role in this and have given a new formal…

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Section: Life Ways

What would a woman truck driver, a Sherpa, a mid wife or a 92-year-old actress have in common? Life Ways attempts to showcase a range of startling testimonies of some men and women who carry on extraordinary movements, both in the private and public sphere. And in each the personal has a political quotient, almost like a mirror reflecting the changing nature of art, culture and the society. The evening…

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Section: Refractions

Refractions provides diverse ways of viewing, not only of a film text but also the lived experiences of everyday life. It traverses a vast spectrum of human landscape striving for different styles of existence, acknowledging the differences of experience in constructing innovations to fight the juggernaut of homogenization. It also holds a trajectory of films that attempt to construct an emblem, by piecing together words, memories and dialogues with history.…

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Section: Celebrating Margins

Celebrating Margins weaves tales of struggle of opposites, incidences of an inevitable pitting of the traditional against the modern, the individual versus the nation, often resulting in an ultimate fight of man versus man. Sandwiched in the middle of not only a political but also an emotional turmoil, celebrating margins pays an ode to the indomitable human spirit, raising questions about what it means to be free. This section also…

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Section: Retrospectives

Persistence Resistance 2008 also presents a series of retrospectives of some well-known documentary filmmakers, whose work finds a common resonance in their dealings with rhythms of art, land rights, gender politics and social injustices. But with each passing work, one finds a formal innovation has been carried out changing the very nature of the film. This section of retrospectives gives a unique opportunity to view the filmmakers not only as…

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Persistence Resistance: Video Parlours

Venue: IIC Fountain Lawns, 9:00 – 21:00, all days Cinema has become increasingly mobile, with a wide circulation of DVDs, VCDs and now the Internet itself, acting as a storehouse of images. But the genesis of this movement and circulation took place primarily through the video parlours, where people unable to access films due to rising costs of the cinema hall were able to view films at their leisure. The…

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Persistence Resistance 2008: A Report

A festival of contemporary political films Organised by Magic Lantern Foundation and India International Centre 28, 29 and 30 April 2008 The Beginning “Poetry is for Israel and documentary is for Palestine.” – Jean Luc Godard In the surprisingly harsh April heat of Delhi, a group of film lovers decided to stretch the usual confines of a film festival. So they did not want just auditorium screenings. Or intruding “Q…

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