Open Forum

pr2009 logo-w-shadowA Festival of Contemporary Political Films


Organised by Film & Television Institute of India
and Magic Lantern Foundation

Dates: 15, 16 & 17 September 2009
Venue: FTII, Law College Road, Pune 411001

Preview Theatre

15 September 2009, 10:30 to 13:30

Independent Cinema in the Globalized world: Challenges & Possibilities

The diverse articulations, practices and contexts that we share with our fellow filmmamkers are invaluable when they are created on ‘their own terms’, technical/ aesthetic standards regardless. Independent Cinema always stands at the crossroads of many approaches/ perspectives, interests / concerns, principles / aspirations, challenges / liabilities etc. A discussion is often incomplete without pondering on how independent filmmakers negotiate with socio-economic mechanisms which themselves facilitate and how these mechanisms also define / subvert / control independence. We feel the need to identify and explore our own fears, anticipations, anxities and ecstacies, struggles hopes and sublimations along with charting among ourselves possible courses that Independent Filmmaking stands to explore.If a forum is constituted today besides all that already exist, what could be the anticipations and possibilities foregrounded, how could it function – what would be the salient objectives / functions, how would it address the issues that we have here today?

Speakers: Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Vipin Vijay, Dorothee Wenner (subject to confirmation), R. V. Ramani
Moderator: Lucia King & Hansa Thapliyal

16 September 2009, 10:30 to 13:30

The Cinematic Subject / Gaze,Voyuerism & Eco-political Legitimacy

Independent Cinema today is situated mostly within an aggressive image culture of advertising, television, print capitalism etc. perpetuated by endlessly repeating loops of cross referring image tracks. In an arena fed by sensuous titillations and insatiable visual hunger how does your work exist without being ‘consumed’? Are there conscious strategies that emerge in your practice vis a vis this threat of inevitable ‘consumption’? How will independent cinema preempt/ resist objectivisation of the subject and within this context do funding, distribution, exhibition, rewards complicate the issue?

Speakers: Amar Kanwar, Anirban Dutta, Arghya Basu, Sourav Sarangi, Sanjay Kak, Vishnu Khare
Moderator: Madhusree Dutta

17 September 2009, 9:30 to 10:30

Taking Film Studies to the Laboratory

Lecture by Moinak Biswas
Moderator : Suresh Chabria

Open Forum 10:30 to 13:30

Reality & Re-presentation : Responsibilities / Scripting the ‘real’ & anticipating the Future

From the beginnings of Cinema in the time of the reportage, newsreel and cinema verite to the times of ‘reality’ tv and the growing television documentary market, what is the changed context of looking at the ‘real’? Does independent cinema work towards creating a space for countering this ‘real’ ? How ‘personal’ is ‘personal’ enough to distinguish itself from the existing popular image codes while keeping the ‘universal’ interest intact. Does the independent filmmaker feel challenged by a ‘real’ that resists the expected/desirable ‘representation’? How does cinema contribute to reality?

Speakers: Sankalp Meshram, Lucia King, Madhusree Dutta, Rajula Shah, Hansa Thaplyal
Moderator: Sanjay Kak

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