Book Talks –
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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:
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
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
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
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