31 Jan 2009 – An evening of films by Satyajit Ray
2008 – list of films screened
Campaign for Sex Workers and Sexuality Minorities Rights and pedestrian pictures
invite you to a screening of DEGHAM (Body) (2008 / 98 min / Tamil with English subtitles)
on 20 December 2008, Saturday at 6 pm at SCM house, Mission Road, Bangalore
A film on the transgender experience with Revathi, Narthaki Natarajan, Priya Babu, Aasha Bharathi and Kalki talking about the complexities of the body.
Credits: CAMERA: R V Ramani EDITING: Swarnima Sinha SOUND: Jayanth Pradhan
DIRECTION: Vishnu Mathur PRODUCED BY: C S Lakshmi, SPARROW
Across different regions, the strongest expressions of resistance to equations of power and domination have been cultural expressions. Books, music, theatre, film – the forms of cultural resistances have been as varied as the politics and the people who shape these expressions.
The pedestrian pictures film festival, Creating cultures of resistance, is a showcase then of the diversity – of cultural expressions, of people, of politics. It is also a point of creation – as a ‘film’ festival on cultural resistances, it twins divergent forms of expression. Films that detail theatre, music and books as forms of cultural resistance while recognizing that films in themselves are forms of cultural resistance.
Date: 29, 30 November 2008
Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queen’s Road, Bangalore (directions to the venue here)
Films: (click on films for detailed synopses)
29 November 2008, Saturday
5 – 6.55 pm – Jahaji Music (dir. Surabhi Sharma/112 min/2007)
7.15 – 8.30 pm – Rebel Music America (dir. Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy/79 min/2004)
30 November 2008, Sunday
4 – 5.20 pm – Writers on the Borders (dir. Samir Abdullah & Jose Reynes/80 min/2004)
5.30 – 6.50 pm – Tanvir Ka Safarnama (dir. Ranjan Kamath/79 min/2008)
6.50 – 7.30 pm – Discussion with Ranjan Kamath, director – Tanvir Ka Safarnama
7.30 – 8.45 pm – A Night of Prophecy (dir. Amar Kanwar/77 min/2002)
Maraa, pedestrian pictures and Vikalp Bengaluru present
Travelling Film South Asia 2008
Thirteen Outstanding Documentaries from Our Region
Dates: 21, 22, 23 November 2008
Venue: Institute of Agricultural Technologists (IAT) Queens’ Road, Bengaluru
The Centre for Internet and Society and Pedestrian Pictures cordially invite you to the screening of Steal This Film by Jamie King. The director will be present at the screening to anchor the post film discussion.
Film: Steal This Film (TV Cut) A new edit combining Steal This Film and Steal This Film II, which hasn’t been previously released or screened.
Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2007 17:30 – 19:00 hrs.
Venue: The Centre for Internet and Society D-2, Third Floor, Shariff Chambers (Wockhardt hospital building) Cunningham Road, Bangalore
(For directions to the venue call, CIS on +91 80 4092 6283.)
More about the film: ‘Steal this Film’ is a documentary series (which are available for free download online) about the culture of piracy and issues surrounding intellectual property, and the cultural and economic implications of the Internet. It has been selected for screening at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, the Singapore International Film Festival, and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
More about the director: Jamie King is a film maker, writer and activist working enthusiastically in the area of new media, post-IP culture and social organisation. A former editor of Mute Magazine, lobbyist at the UN, journalist at ITN News, and consultant for Channel 4 Television, Jamie is now focused on radical approaches to sharing, exchange and co-operation indicated by network technologies across a variety of media.
Co-organiser of the 2003 WSIS? We Seize! counter-UN summit, Jamie continues to be involved in highlighting the importance of information politics in the social movements. STEAL THIS FILM I and II, documentaries exploring the uncertain future of intellectual property, have been downloaded over 4 million times via BitTorrent and featured at numerous international film festivals.
pedestrian pictures invites you to the screening of View from a Grain of Sand directed by Meena Nanji
Date: 25 october 2008, Time: 5.30 – 7 pm, Venue: IAT, Queens Road, Bangalore
Synopses: View from a Grain of Sand, dir. Meena Nanji, 2004/82 mins/English
View From a Grain of Sand is a journey through the last 30 years of Afghanistan’s history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot over the last three years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social activist tell how their lives were violently affected by wars of international making and three different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through all their loss, and the destruction of their homes and country, these women have endured. With courage, conviction and hope they continue to work on improving the lives of the people around them, against all odds, in this brutalized and divided nation.
Festivals: Nominee, International Documentary Association, Best Documentary Feature 2006 Shortlist, Nominee San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature 2006, Women’s International Film Festival, Seoul, Korea, Berkshire International Film Festival, USA, 22nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, Dochouse and Frontline Club Screenings, Ritzy Cinema, London, UK, Arab & Arab-American Film Festival, New York, USA
pedestrian pictures, Good As You and Alternative Law Forum present
Queer Celebrations: a queer films double-bill with
Love in the time of AIDS
Dir. Deepa Dhanraj (2006/30 mins/eng sub)
Dir. Sridhar Rangayan (2007/92 mins/eng sub)
The directors will be present for the screenings and will anchor post-screening discussions.
Date: 30 August 2008, Saturday
Time: Love in the time of AIDS – 5 pm
68 pages – 6.15 pm
Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queens Road, Bangalore (Directions to venue)
Films outline: Love in the time of AIDS: The film follows a group of kothis (men who identify themselves as female, who have sex with men) in Belgaum, Karnataka. Some of them work in an NGO funded by the Bill Gates Foundation that is trying to promote “safe sex practices”. In the encounter between the NGO “messages” and their stories of love, desire, cruising and casual sex, a complex kothi subjectivity emerges which points with tremendous humour and pain to issues of discrimination and visibility. Given the terrain that they negotiate daily is the condom the answer?
Director – Deepa Dhanraj, Cinematographer – Navroze Contractor
Editors – Jabeen Merchant & Manimakalai Raja
Sound recordist – Sudesh, Produced by India Canada HIV AIDS Project.
68 pages: Subverting the Bollywood film genre of song-dance and high drama, this film places characters ignored by Bollywood centerstage – a transsexual bar dancer, a prostitute, a gay couple – to tell their stories of pain and trauma, of happiness and hope, about being HIV+ and marginalized. A searingly honest film about five lives marked by pain and bound by hope – in 68 Pages of a counselor’s diary. Winner of the Silver Remi at the WorldFest 2008, Houston, TX
Directed by Sridhar Rangayan, Produced by The Humsafar Trust in association with Solaris Pictures.
August special screening
In solidarity with the Committee for the Release of Ajay TG
pedestrian pictures, Vikalp Bengaluru and Alternative Law Forum
present an evening of film screenings and discussions on the silencing of human rights defenders.
Venue: Centre for Films and Drama (CFD), 5th floor, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore, Phone: 22356263
Date: 11 Aug, 2008 (Monday)
Ajay TG, an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, was unlawfully arrested on 5 May 2008 by the Chattisgarh police.
We see the arrest as an attempt to silence Ajay and to break the courage of a man who has the right to show what he sees and tell what he feels. But we believe that Ajay TG has a right to make films. Ajay TG has the right to show his films and that we have the right to see his films. A year ago, Dr. Binayak Sen, another human rights defender, was similarly arrested in Chattisgarh.
A series of short films made by Ajay TG including Anjam, Ajay’s documentary on Dr. Binayak Sen, will be screened. The screenings will be followed by a presentation by Ramachandra Guha.
The screenings are part of an All India campaign seeking the release of Ajay TG. http://www.releaseajaytg.in for more details.
Tea: 5 – 5.30 pm
Film screenings: 5.30 – 6.30 pm (Hathurewala, Jeet, Heads and Tales, Safar)
Presentation and discussion: 6.30 – 7.30 pm
Speaker: Ramachandra Guha
Ram will speak on the current situation in Chattisgarh and the people who are caught in the circle of violence between the Maoists and the State.
Respondent: Arvind Narrain
Arvind will talk on the threats to human rights defenders with laws such as the Chattisgarh Special Security Act and the Karnataka Control of Organized Crime Act.
Followed by discussion
Screening: Anjam (A documentary by Ajay TG on Binayak Sen)
pedestrian pictures invites you to an evening of films on land struggles
including the premiere screening of
‘Dying for the Land’
(A pedestrian pictures and third eye films production) 2008/36 mins/eng sub.
(A Na Hanyate production – 2007/30 mins/eng sub.)
Date: 26 July 2008, Saturday
Time: 5.30 – 7 pm
Venue: IAT, Queens Road, Bangalore (Directions to the venue)
‘Dying for the land’: This is a 36 minute film that captures the adivasi land struggle in Chengara, Kerala. Located in Patnamthitta district, Chengara is witness to 20000 adivasis’ occupation of over 2000 acres of land belonging to Harrison Malayalam Company Ltd. For the adivasis who took over this commercial tea plantation land, the occupation is a defiant way to highlight their situation – over the years, plantation companies with the active support of the government have ensured that the adivasis are now alienated from land that they once called their homes.
Credits: A pedestrian pictures production in association with Third Eye Films.
Directed by C. Saratchandran (Third Eye Films)
Scripted and edited by Deepu, pedestrian pictures
Unnayaner Name (For the sake of development): This documentary captures the struggle in Nandigram – a place that has become synonymous with resistance of the people in the face of neo-liberal aggression supported by the Left government of West Bengal. The people in Nandigram were protesting against the forcible acquisition of land for a chemical hub to be built by an Indonesian conglomerate. Through use of extensive live footage and interviews, the film captures the horror that unfolded when the CPM cadres supported by the local police tried to “recapture” their lost base under the pretext of restoring rule of law. Finally the cadres were able to capture Nandigram killing hundreds and injuring many more in the process. But the government of Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was forced to scrap the chemical hub project. The resistance in Nandigram has brought into sharp focus the meaning of development, the role of the state in an age of neo-liberal aggression on peoples’ livelihoods and methods of resistance.
Credits: A Na Hanyate production
pedestrian pictures in association with Lankesh Prashashti invites you to the screening of
dir. Mangesh Hadawale
(2007/122 mins/Marathi with English subtitles)
Date: June 28, 2008, Saturday
Venue: IAT, Queen’s Road, Bangalore (Directions to the venue)
Time: 5 pm-7.30 pm
The screening will be followed by a discussion on the current agricultural crisis faced by farmers in the State.
Awards: Tingya has a long list of awards to its name including 9 awards at the 2008 Maharashtra State Government Awards; Fipresci International Critics Award for Director and the Best Film Award at MAMI International Film Festival 2008 (Mumbai); Best Debutant Director award, Lankesh Prashashti National Awards 2008 (Bangalore); five nominations at the 2007 Indian Panorama – to name only a few.
Synopsis: Tingya is the son of Karbhari, a farmer who cultivates potatoes in Maharashtrian village. The film provides an intimate description of the conditions that plague Karbhari’s debt ridden existence while placing this against a sensitive portrayal of the relationship between Tingya and Chitangya (an oxen born two months after Tingya). Tingya cannot understand why the family must decide on selling the oxen to a slaughterhouse while it is keen on protecting and nurturing an aged grandmother who doesn’t contribute to the family’s income.
Context: The film is being screened in Bangalore at a time when Karnataka is in the middle of a worsening agricultural crisis. The first 20 days of June has seen 18 farmers commit suicide in the State, not including the police firing in Haveri killing one farmer on June 10. Beyond the rhetoric of blaming the Central UPA Government, our newly formed BJP government has little to show in terms of an action taken report. We are not crediting as actions taken the compensation money doled out nor the sanction of a statue honouring the farmer who was shot down in Haveri. The discussions obviously need to go deeper if we are to even understand the crises faced by the debt-ridden farmer in today’s economy. We hope a sensitive film such as Tingya will set the pace for this discussion.
Date: May 31, 2008, Saturday
Film: The Advocate
Director: Deepa Dhanraj (2008/130 mins/English)
Venue: IAT, Queen’s Road, Bangalore. Directions.
Synopsis: The name of K.G. Kannabiran is synonymous with the founding of the human rights and civil liberties movement in India. The film as part biography and partly history of the times attempts to document the remarkable contribution of Mr Kannabiran in challenging the Indian State to uphold the rule of law in institutions of governance, justice and political praxis. Spanning the period from 1968 till 2005 the film tries to cover his landmark cases, his work as Secretary of the Tarkunde Committee and the Bhargava Commission.
As president of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee from 1978 to 1994, he brought its work international recognition. As President he acted as a mediator in many kidnap cases. As a founding member of the Concerned Citizens Committee he acted in the capacity of a mediator in the peace talks between the Andhra Pradesh Government and the Peoples War Group. He was elected national president of the Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties in 1994, a position he continues to hold.
Director: Deepa Dhanraj
Producer : Kalpana Kannabiran
Camera: Navroze Contractor
Editor: Jabeen Merchant
Sound recordist: Dileep Subramaniam
26 April 2008, Saturday
Film : Secret Ballot
Dir: Babak Payami(2001/105minutes/English sub)
Time: 5-7 pm
Venue: IAT, Queen’s Road, Bangalore. Directions.
Awards: Silver Lion for Best Director – Babak Payami – 2001 ,Venice International Film Festival Pasinetti Award for Best Film – 2001, Venice International Film Festival OCIC Award – 2001, Venice International Film Festival Netpac Award – 2001, ,Cinema for Unicef Award – 2001 , the FIPRESCI Prize – Special Mention at the London Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival , the Best New Director at the Valladolid International Film Festival
Synopsis: An unsuspecting soldier awakens to discover that he can forget about another uneventful day at his lonely seaside post. It’s Election Day! A ballot box is parachuted down as a young woman pulls up to the shore of the remote island. To the soldier’s surprise, she’s actually the government bureaucrat in charge of local voting. The couple gets off to a rocky start since the soldier expects election agents to be men.
Whether he wants to or not, the soldier is thrown into an elections adventure that just may put him out of a job. Orders from above force him to accompany the female agent in an army jeep across the island’s dusty desert. The agent literally leaves no stone unturned in her search for ballots. Many a surprise lies along their route, as they find themselves in one absurd situation after another.
So much can happen in a single day, especially when opposites attract. Views can change, hearts can melt. By sunset, a woman’s idealistic notions can come back down to earth. And a lonely man can discover there’s more to voting by secret ballot than he ever imagined
29 March, 2008, Saturday, 5 – 7 pm
Venue: IAT, Queen’s Road, Bangalore, for directions, see map.
Bil’in Habibti (Bil’in My Love), dir. Shai Carmelli-Pollak (85 mins/2006/Eng sub)
The village of Bil’in is about to lose over a half of its territory to the Security Barrier and to the Jewish settlement of Modi’in Elite. The residents of the village decide to embark on a struggle against the construction of the barrier and are joined by international and Israeli activists. The director, Shai Carmeli-Pollak accompanies the village’s struggle for over a year, focusing on two central figures: Mohamed, a member of the village’s local committee against the barrier, and Wagee, farmer and father of ten, who is losing the majority of his land to the barrier and to the settlement.
This film was awarded the Wolgin award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2006 and given an Honourable Mention at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2007.
Film: 1000 days and a dream
Date: 23 February 2008
Venue: IAT, Queens Road, Bangalore
The film director, Saratchandran C., will be present for the screening.
Awards: ‘1000 days And A Dream’ won the Jury Award at the recently concluded 10th Mumbai International Film Festival. Since its release in 2006, the film has been screened at nearly 20 film festivals in India and abroad.
Synopsis: The Plachimada struggle is more than four years old. Perhaps, no other agitation in recent times in Kerala has attracted national and global attention all this one has. What initially began as a struggle for survival of a few thousand tribal villagers in central Kerala, has grown into a people’s movement against the most powerful corporate giant in the world, the Coca Cola. An agitation against Coca Cola the flag bearers of American nationalism has become a movement against US imperialism and the policies pushed by the State and Central Governments in India.
The film captures the spirit of the anti coca cola struggle, trace the history of the struggle and discuss the several issues raised by the struggle. It also documents the poignant moments of the struggle and share the dreams and sorrows of some of the active participants of the struggle.
Date: January 26 2008
Venue: IAT, Queen’s Road, Bangalore. See map here.Time: 5 – 7.30 pm
Screening of In Search of Gandhi and Freedom…!
The evening of films and discussion has been organized on the occasion of India’s Republic Day to reflect on the failure of the Indian state in addressing large sections of our society. The face of the Indian state that we are confronted with has been changing in the current context of globalization, leaving aside the Constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of Indians.
In Search of Gandhi, dir. Lalit Vachani (50 mins/2007)
In the early decades of the twentieth century Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violent revolution or Satyagraha inspired a mass movement of millions of Indians to rise up against the British colonial state and successfully agitate for the establishment of a democratic and free India. In 2007, the country is preparing to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of its existence as an independent nation. But what kind of a democracy does India have today? What does it actually mean to live in the world’s largest democracy? In road-movie style, the film crew travels down the famous trail of Gandhi’s salt march, the remarkable mass campaign that galvanized ordinary Indians to join the non-violent struggle for democracy and freedom almost a century ago. Stopping at the same villages and cities, where Gandhi and his followers had raised their call for independence, the film documents the stories of ordinary citizens in India today. Although inspired by a historical event In Search of Gandhi is not a journey back in time. Instead it is a search for the present and future of democracy in India.
About the Director: In Search of Gandhi is LALIT VACHANI’s latest production. Lalit is director of the New Delhi based Wide Eye Film and his previous documentary films have been on the star-system and the social worlds within the Bollywood film industry (The Academy, 1995; The Starmaker, 1997) and on the indoctrination, ideology and the politics of Hindutva propagated by the Hindu fundamentalist organization, the RSS (The Boy in the Branch, 1993; The Men in the Tree, 2002), The Play Goes On (2005), a documentary about JANAM, a socialist street theatre group in India.
Freedom…! dir. Amar Kanwar (58 mins/2001)
Freedom….! is a film about nature and captivity, about working people resisting an onslaught on their livelihood, about democracy, profit and the sound of the rain. From the British colonial empire to the globalisation of today, from the anti mining tribal resistance in Kashipur and Gandhmardhan in Orissa, the mass movements in Chattisgarh to the coastal communities in their struggle against big ports and industrial parks in Kutch and Umbergaon. The film documents and presents the insights into many different people struggle in India.
Festivals/Awards: Grand Prix, Envir film 2002,Slovak Republic; Certificate of Merit, Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Film Festival 2002; First Prize, CinemAmbente 2002, Toronto International Film Festival
About the Director: New Delhi based Amar Kanwar has been showcasing his films at leading international film festivals since 1996 and has won several awards in the past for various productions. His latest venture titled, Torn First Pages, is a series that reflects on the military dictatorship of Burma and is currently under production.