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A Safe Person to Talk to
Narrated in the first-person voice of a 16-year-old from a progressive South Delhi school, straddling the binary worlds of genders, facing bullying and isolation, seeking and find safety, comfort and friendship in various ways, A Safe Person to Talk To demonstrates the importance of a supportive environment created by adult and peer allies.
The film explores the intersections between identity, sexuality, mental health and the many alleys through which women negotiate freedom and dignity. It interweaves the stories of Swati and Ray, as they redefine the boundaries of intimacy, desire and relationships.
I’m Not There
The documentary explores the relationship between migration and one’s gender. It views migration as a journey that allows one to leave behind a self that they don’t identify with, and move to a new space, seeking a new identity.
Please Mind the Gap
Delhi meets at the metro. The snaking lines of the tube connect the whole city. Passengers board from different places but for a brief moment in time they are all headed in the same direction. Please Mind theGap tells the tale of such a ride with our co-traveller Anshuman; a transman. As the stations passes, we begin to look at the metro space from his perspective. It is a story about reclaiming public space and one’s own self.
Zara Nazar UthaKe Dekho
The film juxtaposes personal narratives of cruising from the LGBTQ community, against diverse visuals of Indian public spaces. Through their stories emerge the different facets and complexities of urban cruising; one of the most dominant ways of finding sexual/ romantic partners for the LGBTQ community.
Anand Patwardhan: Rebel with a Cause
A Narmada Diary
A Narmada Diaryintroduces the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the Sardar Sarovar dam. As government resettlement programmes prove inadequate, the Narmada Bachao Andolan has emerged as one of the most dynamic struggles in India today. It sees how the non-violent protests and a determination to drown rather than to leave their homes and land have made the people of the Narmada valley symbols of a global struggle against unjust development.
Father, Son, and Holy War/ Pitra, Putra, aur Dharmayuddha
Father, Son and Holy War explores in two parts the possibility that the psychology of violence against “the other” may lay in male insecurity, itself an inevitable product of the very construction of “manhood.”
In the Name of God/ Ram Ke Naam
In the Name of God focuses on the campaign waged by the militant Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to destroy a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya said to have been built by Babar, the first Mughal Emperor of India. It explores the events and ground reality which lead to religious riots that cost thousands their lives, culminating in the mosque’s destruction by the Hindus in December of 1992.
Jai Bhim Comrade
Jai Bhim Comrade shot over 14 years follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas; a leftist poet who hung himself in protest against the violent state oppression of a peaceful Dalit protest, and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that from the days of the Buddha has fought superstition and religious bigotry.
Prisoners of Conscience
Prisoners of Conscience is an important historical record of a traumatic period in India’s recent political history that focuses on the state of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi from June 1975 to March 1977.
Ribbons for Peace
Made in the aftermath of Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests, Ribbons for Peace gives new meaning to an old film song by Kishore Kumar – a kind of “Imagine” composed before the days of John Lennon. With guest appearances by well-known movie stars like Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan, Kittu Gidwani and Chandrachur, the film was made to counter a pro-nuke music video made by the political party in power.
We are not your Monkeys
We Are Not Your Monkeys is a music video that reworks the epic Ramayana story to critique the caste and gender oppression implicit in it. It opposes the systematic oppression and negation of basic human rights in the name of religion and mythology.
You Can Destroy the Body
You Can destroy the Body is a visual and musical tribute to the valour and courage a few individuals like Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Govind Pansare, Sachin Mali, Sheetal Sathe, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor exhibited in emphasising and expressing their dissent against the Hindu fundamentalists and fascist forces in the country.
When Stories Come Calling: The Works of Lata Mani
De Sidere 7
De Sidere 7 is visual piece embodying a multi-genre meditation on the meanings of desire and attempts to explore a universe of alternatives through a world of vision, sound, skin, texture and rhythm.
Here now is a visual poem exploring memory and loss.
Nocturne I is an audio-visual exploration of the urban night.
Nocturne II is an audio-visual exploration of the urban night. It is a continuation of Nocturne I.
The Poetics of Fragility,
The film is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility featuring internationally renowned scholar-activist Angela Davis and the acclaimed playwright and critic CherrieMoraga and Nora Cortiñas. It interweaves stories of bodily frailty with optical vignettes of nature’s delicacy to reclaim fragility as an intrinsic component to existence, not something to be bemoaned over or overcome.
Persian Tales: Short fiction from Iran
A Girl in the Room
The film is about an elderly man and his friends at a guesthouse, where they are about to welcome the man’s daughter who is coming to visit her father after living in Germany for 25 years.
Animal / Heyvan
Animal tells the tale of an Iranian man who physically and emotionally embodies a ram in order to get past the border. The beast becomes a mechanism for survival in this visceral and visually arresting drama.
Blue eyed boy/ Cheshm aabi
Blue Eyed Boy recounts the story of a young boy with an unusual kind of colour blindness that causes him to see the world in blue. When conventional medicine fails to help his condition, his parents take him to a local shaman for remedy.
Icky explores a world where people have Rubik’s cubes for heads, where there will be some who at first glance look different. But are they truly different from the rest?
Lost property is a glimpse into Arad’s life and what happens when he takes his father’s tablet.
Lunch Time tells the tale of a 16-year-old girl who has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital do not allow her into the morgue; considering her age and asks her to bring her guardian instead. However, the girl insists that most of her family is in jail for criminal activities. Finally, after her insisting on it a lot, they agree to let her into the morgue.
Maned & Macho
The film tells the tale of an adolescent girl who rejects the societal identity imposed on her and finds solace in a secret world where her emotions and thoughts manifest as living creatures.
Mizban tells the tale of a middle-aged woman who reluctantly agrees to take part in her son’s night party as a hostess.
Not Yet tells the tale of a middleclass family crisis in Tehran, Iran.
Pale Mirrors tells the tale of a woman who has only 24 hours to be pregnant. Her desire and vague future has her baffled.
The film tells the tale of a couple who are reminiscent about their past on a weekend morning, a few days before migrating to another place.
Bear tells the tale of Yasaman who is excited to celebrate her 10th birthday with her father, but the arrival of an unexpected visitor changes everything.
Set against the background of the 1979 revolution in Iran, Soremeh tells the tale of a woman who runs into a runaway rebel on her way out to get Soremeh (Iranian style eyeliner) from her friend; as her family is preparing to attend a wedding.
The Little Boy
People are leaving their town by the order of the military but a little boy does not want to follow them. He wants to complete his own mission.
The Man Who Wasn’t Here
The Man Who Wasn’t Here tells the tale of a wounded man and his revenge on a dark far away planet called Sinema, where everything is frozen.
The Next Day
Most of the time it’s like this.
Vision tells the tale of an installer of closed-circuit televisions, who forces his girlfriend to do something that she hates.
Whole to Part
The dictator shall never die, he shall be resurrected.
Cinephilia: An Eye on Cinema
Las Cinéphilas is about a few retired women who go to the movies every day. For them films are not a mere form of entertainment, but also a safe and recurring event and space in the days that go by; it is a place where they can ease their loneliness and forget the passage of time. Like a drop of water fiction touches upon their lives, imprinting on their memory.
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinemaconstructed in three partstakes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves.
16 MM: Movement, Machine, Movies
The film tries to trace back the trajectory of film society movement in Kerala and its relationship with a machine, the 16mm film projector. Now abandoned as an obsolete piece of technology, 16mm projection was the soul and source of the movement at the time and still burrs on in the minds of a generation of cineastes. The film is a journey through the images that try to capture the enigma of the cultural interface produced by a post independent cultural movement.
Rangabhoomi follows the film maker as he attempts to trace the contours of Dada Saheb Phalke’s life in Varanasi, where Phalke withdrew – disillusioned with the world of cinema and decided to take up theatre. During his life in Varanasi, Phalke wrote a semi-autobiographical play titled Rangabhoomi, which forms the core of this cinematic exploration. Set in the visually thrilling landscapes of the old town of Varanasi, the film intertwines the personal engagement of Kamal Swaroop with the story of Phalke’s journey and the play, deploying a vibrant palette of sounds, sights and characters in a surrealist juxtaposition.
I am Micro
Shot in the passages of an abandoned optics factory and centred on the activities of a low budget film crew, I Am Micro is an experimental essay about filmmaking, the medium of film and the spirit of making independent cinema.
Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque/Le fantôme d’Henri Langlois
This documentary explores the life of Henri Langlois, the first film archivist, who dedicated his life to collecting movies from all over the world and preserving them for future generations. Archival footage and interviews with colleagues, friends and family tell the story of how Langlois’ celluloid passion lead him to hide scores of films during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, and how he helped establish a cinematic museum and theatre that has influenced countless filmmaker.