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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