Friday, December 1, 2017

19th Madurai Film Festival- Screening Schedule : Day 3, 8 Dec 2017

19th Madurai Film Festival- Screening Schedule : Day 3, 8 Dec 2017

Day 03; 8 Dec 2017at Palkalai Nagar

Session 01: 10 am to 1 pm

Retrospective 01 – Sameera Jain, filmmaker / editor / teacher

10 am Introduction

10:15 Portraits of Belonging (2 films)

Portraits of Belonging : Bhai Mian

(Dir : Sameera Jain ; 30 min; Hindi with Eng subtitles; 1998)

Bhai Mian is a kite maker who lives in the last historic Delhi – Shahjahanabad, the city built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century. The film is a portrait of the man in his context, a man whose ordinariness barely conceals his imagination and resilience.

Portraits of Belonging: Sagira Begum

Dir: Sameera Jain; 30 min; Hindi with Eng subtitles; 1998

Sagira Begum is seventy five years old, and does zari (golden thread) embroidery. She practices an ancestral profession, like many others in the last historic city of Delhi - Shahjahanabad. Her memories are of better times – an environment more open and friendly, an easier lifestyle, better wages.

11:15 : Interaction with Sameera Jain, filmmaker

11:45 Mera Apna Sheher/ My Own City (Dir: Sameera Jain; 56min; 2011)

The experience of a gendered urban landscape - where the gaze, the voice and the body are at all times under surveillance. What if the multiple surveillances were to be turned upon themselves to observe what is contained in the everyday. The film explores whether there is a sense of ownership, of belonging to the city. Can a woman in the city, as she continuously negotiates the polarities of anxiety and comfort - be free?

12:45 Interaction

1:00 Lunch break

Session 02: 2:00 to 4:30 pm

Alpavirama – Students films from Asia, curated by Arun Gupta, NID (Ahmedabad)

Anjaan Raastey (Docu/Pakistan) 24 min

Bilori (Fiction/NID) 21 min

Pottu (Fiction/Award Winner/KRNNIVSA) 06 min

Sagar Manav (Docu/NID) 21 min

Sarus (Fiction/Award Winner/FTII) 20 min

Unusual Summer (Docu/China) 29 min

3:50 Interaction

Day 3: 8 Dec 2017 at LENS Media Centre, Gnanaolipuram

4:00 A Foreigner in My Own Land (Dir: Nishajyoti Sharma; 65 min; Nepali with Eng subtitles; Documentary; India)

Nepalis (Gorkhas) of Assam are not foreigners or outsiders, except for few who may have migrated to Assam (India) post 1971. However, the prevalent sentiment among the Assamese masses is quite contrary to what history says and the Assam Accord of 1985 has agreed to.

5:05 Interaction

5:15 pm: Up, Down and Sideways (Dir: Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikumar; 83 min; Chokri with Eng subtitles; Documentary; India)

Up Down and Sideways’ is a musical portrait of a community of rice cultivators and their memories of love and loss, created from working together on the fields. It is the first feature film from the u-ra-mi-li project, a larger body of work that looks at the connections between music and labour.

6:40 Interaction with the filmmakers

7:00 Small People, Big Trees (Dir: VadimVitostev; 45 min; Baka with Eng subtitles; Documentary; Russia)

The Central African Republic. Here in the shade of sub-panel rainforests lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth — the Baka pygmies. As it was hundreds years ago they hunt for meat and gather gifts of big trees. They pray to the spirits of the forest and teach their children to respect the forest, to take from it only what is of great need. But little by little their traditional mode is changing under the pressure of the Big World culture.

7:45 Interaction

8 Dec; Kaleidoscope

5:00 pm Patrick Rouxel Retrospective

Tears of wood (Dir: Patrick Rouxel; 26 min; 2004)

A visual essay on the extraordinary biodiversity of the Indonesian rainforest. This silent film follows the peaceful wondering of a dominant male orangutan, showing the forest from his point of view. It also underlines the link between tropical hardwood and the trees of the rainforest. This is the first film I made when I decided to do my part to help rainforest conservation in 2003. The title of the film is also the name of this website because it seems to capture the essence of all my films.

5:30 Interaction

5:45 Sameera Jain Retrospective

A Season Outside (Dir: Amar Kanwar; 32 min; 1997; Edited by Sameera Jain)

There is perhaps, no border outpost in the world quite like Wagah, where this film begins its exploration. An outpost where every evening people are drawn to a thin white line… and probably anyone in the eye of a conflict could find themselves here. A Season Outside is a personal and philosophical journey through past generations, conflicting positions, borders and time zones.

6:15 Interaction with Sameera Jain

6:30 Camera Threat (Dir: Bernd L├╝tzeler; 30 min; Hindi and English; Short film; Germany and India)

Somewhere in the rather dreary spheres of Mumbai's film industry, stuck between star-cult, superstition and the daily gridlock, Camera Threat explores the ambivalent and sometimes paranoid relationship that this film city has with the moving image as such.

7:00 The Simple Day (Dir: Maria Khristoforova; 21 min; Hindi and English; Documentary; Russia and India)

The simple day in the life of rickshaw driver in Delhi, India.

7:25 Interaction

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