Persistence Resistance @ SCM

WhereRUA Festival of Contemporary Political Films


Organised by Magic Lantern Foundation and
Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic

Dates: 19, 20 & 21 September 2009
Venue: Sophia Polytechnic, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400026


19 September 2009, Saturday

TimeFilm & ProgrammeDirectorCountryDuratio
11:00 to 13:00Welcome and introduction15

Theme: Gender

Gender TroubleRoz MortimerUK24Four inter-sex women speak about their lives.
Where's Sandra?Paromita VohraIndia18Is she naughty? Is she nice? Looking for Sandra from Bandra.
A Certain LiberationYasmine KabirBangladesh3830 years ago, during the Liberation War for Bangladesh, Gurudasi Mondol had lost her entire family. Her indomitable presence as a feared and loved crazy woman today, asks many questions: what is the meaning of Liberation? Has madness chosen her, or has she chosen madness?
Colours BlackMamta MurthyIndia31How to break the silence around sexual abuse in families? How to make sense of the fragmented memories of a jagged childhood?
13:30 to 15:30Every Good Marriage Begins With TearsSimon ChambersUK62Two feisty and rebellious London Bangladeshi sisters go 'back home' against their will for arranged marriages.
Discussion with subject specialist & Filmmakers60

Theme: Citizenship

15:45 to 18:20Mom and Dad, I know you can hear meSCM student filmIndia20A film about a daughter's thoughts on her hearing impaired parents
Hot Off the PressBishakha DuttaIndia31"Kharar Lahariya", published every fortnight from a small town in Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot district, covers all the news that mainstream media forgot.
BilalSourav SarangiIndia88The story of a little boy Bilal, growing up with blind parents.

2o September 2009, Sunday

TimeFilm & ProgrammeDirectorCountryDurationSynopsis

Theme: Citizenship

11:00 to 13:00Holiday CampJennifer Lyons-Reid & Carl KuddelAustralia48Investigating current Australian immigration policies in the context of 200 years of colonisation.
The Bond (Naata)Anjali Monteiro & K. P. JayasankarIndia45Naata is about Bhau Korde and Waqar Khan, two activists and friends, who have been involved in conflict resolution, working with neighbourhood peace committees in Dharavi, reputedly, the largest "slum" in Asia.
A Day in the Life of Ponga PanditSanjay Maharishi & Sudhanva DeshpandeIndia23A performance that no one saw in response to an attack that barely happened . . .
13:30 to 15:45KamlabaiReena MohanIndia47A gentle, gleaming portrait of Kamlabai, the first woman to act on the Indian screen.
In The FleshBishakha DattaIndia53In The Flesh is an intimate exploration of the lives of two women and a transgender individual in prostitution.
Tales from the MarginKavita JoshiIndiaThe grim human rights situation in Manipur and the extraordinary protests by its womenfolk for justice and peace.
Discussion with subject specialist & Filmmakers60
16:00 to 18:20Out of Thin AirShabani Hassanwalia & Samreen FarooquiIndia47An intimate look into the indigenous Ladakhi film industry
Word within the wordRajula ShahIndia74The "wretched of the earth" hold fast the spirit of Bhakti, the Word resonating in and with their lives. As they sing the poetry of Kabir and Gorakhnath they embody, far beyond the scope of any intellectual resolve, a refusal to die, a bid to seize eternity from historic annihilation.

21 September 2009, Monday

TimeFilm & ProgDirectorCountryDuration

Theme: In Focus – Camera

11:00 to 13:00Brahma Vishnu ShivaR. V. RamaniIndia20Creation, sustenance and destruction – an artist spends a day on the beach.
.in for motionAnirban DattaIndia59Like a road movie along the information superhighway, '.in for Motion' investigates recent innovations in IT in India.
Discussion on cinematography and shooting45

Theme: In Focus – Editing

13:30 to 15:45Listener's TaleArghya BasuIndia76A journey into the ever-changing canvas, witnessing fact and fiction dissolve in the dialogue between artist as medium and common man as spectator
Discussion on film editing45

Theme: In Focus – Concept & Script

16:00 to 18:00RewindAtul Taishete9One likely heist – two untamed bullets – three good friends.
SetuShyamal KarmakarIndia9Encroachment of one's spaceÉ
Listen O' FriendsMadhusree Dutta13A musical on the fear of young girls' sexuality and trafficking.
Nusrat has left the building, But when?Farjad NabiPakistan20Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's metamorphosis from a genuine popular artiste to a mass produced exotica of the east.
Morality TV & The Loving JihadParomita VohraIndia30A sting operation on lovers in a Meerut park uncovers a town's complex dynamics, the fear of love, the scrutiny and control of womenÕs sexuality, a history of communal and feudal violence, and the alternate realities of breaking news
Discussion on topic selection, conceptualising and scripting 45

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