Section: Culture/Resistance

Culture/Resistance


Itihaas Jitneharuka Laagi

History of Winners

An award-winning singer makes a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to make a comeback after being in musical hibernation for seven years. ‘Itihaas Jitneharuka Laagi’ portrays the changes in the Nepali music scene, as represented by Kuber Rai and Dheeraj Rai. The two singers are a study in contrasts, with their diametrically opposing personalities and attitude towards music. The film invokes a Nepali adage “bolne ko pithobikcha, na bolne ko chaamal pani bikdaina”, which suggests that to succeed one has to be a good salesman.

Director: Pranay Limbu
Nepal, 2003, 67 min
Director’s Contact: rba@infoclub.com.np


Michael Jackson Comes To Manekganj

Filmed in different regions of South Asia from Peshawar, Pakistan, to Kandy, Sri Lanka, and in remote villages in Bangladesh and Nepal, this film covers the impact of satellite television on the lives, culture and politics of the people over the last ten years. In the film, people from all walks of life describe the dramatic changes brought about in the region by the advent of the dish. Along with featuring the direct impact satellite TV has had on people, the film also takes a wider perspective of the sociological and political implications and potential of this powerful new format.

Director: Nupur Basu
India, 2001, 57 min
Director’s Contact: nupur@ndtv.com


Planeta Alemania – Observations From Invisibility

‘Planeta Alemania’ is the attempt to make a cinematic portrait of a woman who is not able to position herself in front of the camera. “It is like being constantly on the run. We live practically like criminals without having committed any crime.” In Germany many people are without the status of a legal residence, “without papers”. They are known as “illegal people”: made unrecognizable or degraded to “shadow people”, victims and suspects. With talks and audio recordings over several months, the drama structure for this film is developed and results in the concept of images. Fragmentary, in different tableaus, an image of a person comes into being without her actually leaving invisibility. Her analysis, dreams, expectations and thoughts enable us to take a different point of view onto the ‘Planeta Alemania’.

Director: Dogfilm and Campañeras
Germany, 1999, 40 min
Producer: Dogfilm, on behalf of ZDF/ARTE
Director’s Contact: PScheffner@t-online.de/merlekroeger@snafu.de/info@pong-berlin.de


Resistancia: Hip Hop in Colombia

‘Resistancia: Hip Hop in Colombia’ is a radical and thought-provoking exploration of how young Colombian’s feel about the crisis afflicting their country. The film follows a summer in the lives of some of Colombia’s finest rappers, DJs and breakdancers. The film is a good introduction for anyone interested in Colombia’s long-running civil war, as seen through the eyes of those directly affected by it. It also gives an intimate insight into the life in the barrios of a very volatile country, and how traditional latino music is losing out to rap music. Its style is youthful and entertaining, but also angry and enlightening.

Director: Tom Feiling
UK/ Colombia, 2002, 51 min
Producer: Faction Films
Director’s Contact: tom@factionfilms.co.uk


Seeing Is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and The News

‘Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and The News’ is a film which looks at video activism around the world, and the way that handicam camcorders and new technologies have transformed human rights work, journalism and international law and justice.

Director: Peter Wintonick and Katerina Cizek
Canada, 2002, 58 min
Producer: Necessary Illusions
Director’s Contact: pw@necessaryillusions.ca


The Snake Boy

Coco Zhao, 24, is jazz singer who has come out to the world. His world is Shanghai, former city of sin, which these days a more conservative home for gays. But he has yet to tell his mother, a traditional Chinese opera teacher in the distant province of Hunan. ‘The Snake Boy’ is an autobiography of Coco, his struggles for his music, his friendship with two women, and his sexual identity.

Director: Michelle Chen
China, 2002, 60 min
Director’s Contact: docfilm@vip.sina.com

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