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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

5.00 – 6.30pm/ JGLS

MULLAITIVU SAGA: EXPLORING THE TEXTURES OF A PLANNED GENOCIDE (47 mins.)

Directed by: S. Someetharan

‘Mullaitivu Saga’ an episode of planned massacre of the suppressed people in the name of Final War, while most of the international human rights machinery remained a silent witness. Incidentally the injustice is recounted through Mullaitivu Koothu played for the last time in this very same historic land.

Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker

Friday, September 16, 2011

6.00 – 9.00pm/ Alliance Franšaise de Delhi

In honour of Mani Kaul

ARRIVAL (19 mins. approx) Directed by: Mani Kaul

To the city come men, women, fruits, flowers, vegetables, goats and sheep all ready for consumption. It is the process of consumption/exploitation that forms the core of the film. In a collage of images held together by an engaging soundtrack we are shown the brutality and dehumanisation of city life.

STHANIYA SAMBAAD/ SPRING IN THE COLONY (1 hr. 45 mins./ 2009)

Directed by: Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas

Situated on the southern fringes of Calcutta, the bustling, sunny Deshbandhu colony, a settlement of refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), has a lot going on.

In the evening market, two thieves swoop on Ananya's long plait and chop it away. Atin, the dreamy poet and Ananya's secret admirer, is worried not to find her anywhere the next day. He seems oblivious of the fact that his home is facing demolition. Meanwhile, their friends make preparations for the coming spring festival.

The two poachers of Ananya's plait want to sell it to raise money for a computer course. They are desperate to pursue higher education - by any means.

Five boys on a roadside perch make desultory observations on the goings on, losing no chance to confuse Atin. Two old men, original immigrants, sit at the local grocery philosophizing on commodities, life and desire.

As Atin, along with his only friend Dipankar, sets out in search of Ananya, and the two thieves embark on an increasingly absurd journey to try and sell the plait, the story travels from the colony of the day to the neon districts of the night, and then to the ghostly New Town under construction, tracing out the map of a city through realism and delirium.

Somewhere along the path, Dipankar tells Atin about Ananya's family buying an apartment in the new building that is about to raze their colony tenements to the ground.

By daybreak, they are on the eastern fringes of the new Calcutta. Draped in the midnight fog stands Mr. Paul, the visionary land shark, whose demolition team is warming up for action at Deshbandhu colony. As his house gets destroyed in the small hours of the morning, Atin comes and greets Mr. Paul..

Introduced by: Brinda Bose, University of Delhi
Q&A with fimmaker moderated by: Prasanta Chakravarty, University of Delhi


   
   
   
   
   
 
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