PROGRAMME
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AUDITORIUM, INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, NEW DELHI

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16 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY

  • 10:00 AM: BAAB-E-DAKAN: BURHANPUR | Sibtain Shahidi | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Also known as Baab-e-Dakan, door to the Deccan, Burhanpur is a small town in Madhya Pradesh, founded by pre-Mughal Faruki sultans, in 1399. Being a cosmopolitan centre, the town was the meeting place of various scholars and Sufi saints and later became a strategic city for the Mughal kings to rule and control the whole of Deccan.

Sibtain Shahidi is a media professional who has worked for various television shows including fiction, non-fiction and reality shows. His previous documentaries include The Saga of Supremacy made for the Indian Navy. He currently teaches at the Zee Institute of Media Arts and is a visiting faculty at Whistling Woods International, Mumbai.

  • 11:30 AM: THE STORIES WE TELL – SESSION I - Conservation Stories and Video for Change: Absorbing the Past for Effective Futures by Rita Banerji
Video is a strong tool for storytelling and conservation action. At the same time, how do you make this process more democratic, systematic and accessible, not only to the community, but to a larger audience? Can we create more space for local narratives and local stories? Can we use it to bridge the gap between generations, to absorb the past and use the knowledge for an effective future?

Rita Banerji is a conservation filmmaker. Under her banner Dusty Foot Productions, she has produced several award winning films, including a winner of the Green Oscar at Wildscreen, UK. In 2015, she founded The Green Hub - a youth and community based fellowship for video documentation in the northeast of India, for work related to environment and indigenous knowledge.
  • 02:15 PM: APNA ALOO BAZAAR BECHA | Pankaj H. Gupta | 28 min. | 2007 | REFOCUS
What happens when remote, isolated mountain communities come face to face with globalisation? Jardhar, a village in the Hemval Valley of Garhwal, led an isolated, egalitarian existence until a series of events forced it into joining the market economy. This Documentary, based entirely on local perspectives, reflects on the process of change – what triggers the shift to modernisation and what impact it has on personal, social and environmental spaces.

Golden Deer Award, EcoFilms Festival, Rodos, Greece
Festival AudioVisivo Della Biodiversita, Centro Internazionale, Rome
CineEco XIV Festival International de cinema e video de ambiente, Siea, Portugal
ViBGYOR Film Festival, Kerala
Himachal Film Festival       
John Abraham National Awards, SiGNS, Kerala
Konark Film Festival, Orissa
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
Travelling Film Festival, Deccan Development Society
Indian Panaroma, International Film Festival of India
Toxic Links, Environment Film Festival
Quotes from the Earth Traveling Film Festival Series
One Billion Eyes Indian Documentary Film Festival, Chennai
SCRIPT, International Short Film Festival  Cochin
Aapala Paryavaran Film Festival, Mumbai
7Islands International Film Festival, Mumbai

Pankaj H. Gupta divides his time between making documentaries and advising multilateral agencies on rural poverty alleviation. He has worked on a number of community videos, advocacy films, factual series for television and documentaries. He has a Master’s in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Change, a Commonwealth scholar and published in scholarly and popular journals.
  • 02:45 PM: EK CHOT KA MALIK | Ujjwal Utkarsh | 48 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Makhana or fox nut is an edible, white, starchy seed extracted from a species of water lily plant named Eurayale Ferox. The Film is an observational piece about the production of Makhana by the Mallah community in North Bihar, the difficulties they have to go through for the yield and the little returns they get for it.

An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Ujjwal Utkarsh teaches filmmaking at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. In the past, he has taught at the State Institute of Film and Television, Rohtak. His films have been showcased at various festivals.
  • 04:00 PM: ECO DHARMA | Malgorzata Skiba | 28 min. | 2006 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The story of the dedication and sacrifice of the Bishnoi community, the oldest practising environmentalists of India from Western Rajasthan, for whom the preservation of wild life and forests is a religion.

Golden Deer Award, Ecofilms Film Festival, Rodos, Greece
Awards, International Wild Life Film Festival, Montana, USA
Golden Statuette, International  Festival of Short Films, Jaipur
Special Jury Award, International Ecological Film Festival "Green Vision" Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia
ENVIROFILM International Environmental Film Festival, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Ecovision Festival Internazionale di Ambiente e Cinema, Palermo, Italy,
FICMA, Festival Internacional de Cinema del Medi Ambient de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
TAOS Mountain Film Festival, Taos, New Mexico, USA
CINEECO Festival Internacional de Cinema e Vìdeo de Ambiente da Serra da Estrela, Seia, Portugal
Glimpses of the Other World, International Festival of Documentaries, Bhopal
1Awake,  International Film Festival of Awareness and Hope for the Earth, Long Island New York, USA
The World of Knowledge, International Festival of Popular Science Films, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Miradasdoc, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental del Sur, Tenerife, Spain
Aapala Paryavaran Film Festival , Mumbai
Kohima Documentary Film Festival
7Islands International Film Festival, Mumbai

Malgorzata Skiba – born in Poland, studied film at Jagiellonian University of Krakow. Since 1995, she has been freelancing as a director-producer and auteur of documentaries produced for TV channels and art centres in Europe and India. Her work focusses on religion, ecology, art and education. Her films have been screened and awarded at various film festivals. She lives and works in New Delhi.
  • 04:45 PM: THE PANGTI STORY | Sesino Yhoshu | 26 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Amur Falcons, the longest travelling raptors in the world, fly from Siberia every fall to roost in Pangti, a small village in Nagaland. In 2012, Nagaland made global news when thousands of these raptors were mercilessly hunted. Following the revelation, a massive campaign to save these birds began and in a span of two years, Pangti managed to create a safe haven for the birds by achieving a zero mortality rate. The Film explores the transition of an entire village from one that slaughtered hundreds and thousands of the winged visitors to their most fervent preservationist.

Sesino Yhoshu
is a filmmaker from Nagaland. Her love for films started way back in late 90s while she was still in high school. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Video Production from St. Anthony’s college, Shillong, she specialised in Electronic Cinematography from FTII, followed by a Master’s in Documentary from Royal Holloway, University of London.  Under her banner Take One, she has produced several documentaries, video shorts and promos on borders, gender, HIV & AIDS, youth and environment. Her film Apfütsa was screened at the National Portrait Gallery, London; Bang Short Film Festival, Nottingham; University of Rochester, New York and Rubin Museum of Art, New York. A recipient of Young Achievers Award in the field of filmmaking conferred by the Dalmia Group, she was visiting faculty at the Centre for Mass Communication, Nagaland University.
  • 05:30 PM: SAVING THE WILD – WILD LIFE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION | Rita Banerji | 25 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film understands wild life rescue and rehabilitation in one of the prime wild life habitats of India – Kaziranga, Assam. The Center for Wild Life Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) along with the forest department has been rescuing animals for the last 12 years – orphaned and stranded rhinos, elephants, tigers, leopards, Asiatic black bears, badgers, jungle cats, slow loris, leopard cats, owls and others. Many of these juvenile animals are successfully hand-raised and rehabilitated back in the wild, while rescued adults are treated and released as soon as possible.

Rita Banerji is a conservation filmmaker. Under her banner Dusty Foot Productions, she has produced several award winning films, including a winner of the Green Oscar at Wildscreen, UK. In 2015, she founded The Green Hub - a youth and community based fellowship for video documentation in the northeast of India, for work related to environment and indigenous knowledge.

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Baby Rhino gets tender loving care
  • 06:15 PM: THE BOOKS WE MADE | Anupama Chandra and Uma Tanuku | 68 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers
The Film is inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women. The Film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focusses on the feminist politics and friendships that made this survival possible.

Anupama Chandra is a film editor, director and teacher. She graduated with a diploma in Film Editing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and has degrees in English Language and Literature from the Universities of Oxford and Delhi. She has worked as an editor on several films over the last 15 years. A guest faculty at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art and Culture, she ran the co-curricular monsoon semester on film at Ashoka University. She is a regular writer for the books page of The Asian Age. This film is her first directorial venture.

Uma Tanuku graduated in Business Management from the University of Madras and specialised in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. After over 15 years at a state international trading, she studied Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has since worked as a line producer on several films.  Her first film, Night Hawks, is an observational documentary on nocturnal labour. She was the Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for 2015 and its Co-Director for three years.
  • 07:30 PM: Maya Krishna Rao in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
Maya Krishna Rao in conversation with Urvashi Butalia, reflecting on her life and work, dreams and passions, feminism, the power of imagination, the magic of storytelling and the myriad possibilities, expressions, freedoms, subversions and solidarities her pioneering and inspiring work continues to enable, for individuals and disciplines, across the world.
17 SEPTEMBER, SATURDAY
  • 10:15 AM: NIGHT HAWKS | Umadevi N. Tanuku | 52 min.  | 2012 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film observes life as it unravels during the night in the metropolis of Delhi – a patrolling unit on the expressway, bandwallahs at a wedding, inmates of a night shelter as they dine and retire for the night, a vegetable mandi, night outreach group setting out for the night and a group waiting all night at the rail reservation centre. Shot in purely observational style, it tries to look at the city from the perspective of people who work at night and reveals multiple stories that often go unnoticed.

Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival
Sheharnama Festival, Mumbai

Uma Tanuku graduated in Business Management from the University of Madras and specialised in international trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. After over 15 years at a state international trading, she studied Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India. She has since worked as a line producer on several films.  Her first film, Night Hawks, is an observational documentary on nocturnal labour. She was the Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for 2015 and its Co-Director for three years.
  • 11:30 AM: THE STORIES WE TELL – SESSION II - Documentary in the Time of too Many Cameras by Avijit Mukul Kishore
What happens to the documentary in the time when everyone has a camera and can record and share her/ his version of reality? When news and culture-creation mean hundreds of people having the freedom to record the same thing? When access to technology might create sameness, instead of diversity? This illustrated lecture will address some of these concerns using examples of films that pushed their brief, the prescribed limits of the medium and stretched the tools available to them to make truly significant moments in the history of cinema.

Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai. He studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Delhi. He works in various genres of film and video making, is actively involved in art, cinema and cultural pedagogy and works as a curator of film programmes. He also works with visual artists as a collaborator on installation art projects. His films include Nostalgia for the Future, Electric Shadows - Journeys in Image-making, To Let the World In, Vertical City, Certified Universal and Snapshots from a Family Album.
Documentary is a mediated record of subjective reality. It is a vibrant form of filmmaking which transforms itself and changes modes, negotiating those ideas of reality. The medium could be state/ studio/ activist/ corporate/ NGO/ CSR/ auteur/ artist driven or controlled. These terms aren't mutually exclusive. They bring with them expectations of certain film languages.
  • 02:00 PM: IF YOU PAUSE - IN A MUSEUM OF CRAFT | Sameera Jain |29 min. | 2004 | REFOCUS
A cinematic document of the reflections of the urban middle class on varied images and experiences of being in a museum and the concealed stories of the people behind the art and craft.

Mumbai International Film Festival
Konark Film Festival, Orissa
JDCA National Film Festival on Art and Artists, Odisha 

Sameera Jain
is a noted filmmaker and editor. Her film Portraits of Belonging was awarded at the Mumbai International Film Festival. Born at Home, a film on indigenous childbirth practices, participated at numerous film festivals including Mediawave Film Festival, Hungary; Film South Asia, Kathmandu; and the Margaret Mead Festival, New York.
  • 02:30 PM: EMPIRE OF THREADS | Anwar Jamal | 52 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Rangarsons, a design shop in Delhi, harnessing the skills of traditional artisans, has been providing solutions to Hollywood designers for over three decades, whether in Sir Richard Attenborough's multiple Oscar-winning Gandhi or the more recent Gladiator, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, The Phantom of the Opera, Casanova and The Avengers. The finesse of traditional Indian thread embroidery has enriched the look and feel of many a global blockbuster. The Film captures this unusual interaction between Hollywood and a segment of India’s hand embroidery artisans, focussing on the magic that this harmony creates.

Anwar Jamal is a veteran documentary and feature film producer-director. Since his debut with the documentary My Name is Sister, he has directed/ produced/ co-produced acclaimed, award-winning films including The Call of the Bhagirathi, Swaraaj (The Little Republic) Dream of a Dark Night and Harvest of Grief. He has served as a member of national and international film festival juries. His work has been screened at more than 200 film festivals around the world.
  • 03:45 PM: STOPOVER | Collin D’Cunha | 36 min. | 2016
Stopover explores the narratives and stories of four Indian immigrants who live and work in Dubai. Through their personal journeys and everyday lives – a construction labourer, a CEO of a well-reputed company, an airhostess and a waiter – it examines their aspirations and ambitions, and how in trying to fulfill them, they contribute to the mega-ambitions of the city of Dubai and sustain it in their own ways.

Collin D’Cunha is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. His diploma film, Shyam Raat Seher, won two National Film Awards. His short film – Mumbaikar Ganesh – was adjudged the Best Film at the Mumbai Film Festival, the Best Short Film in Melbourne and was screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. He has assisted filmmakers Reema Kagti, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Raj Kumar Hirani, amongst others. This is his first documentary.
  • 04:30 PM: SHADOWS ON THE ROADS | Srijan Nandan | 52 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Delhi has undergone such extraordinary upheavals and change in the last decade and a half that it has all but drowned in its own grand narratives. Through the stories of those who live and earn their livelihood on the streets of Delhi, the Film presents a different view of the city. It provides glimpses into the lives of these inhabitants, mostly rendered invisible, as they engage with an ever shifting city, even as they remain determined to remain a part of it.

After a post-graduation in social work, Srijan Nandan has been an active participant in initiatives related to social change and development, addressing challenges faced by Dalits, women and marginalised groups. With a belief in advocacy for change, filmmaking became a vocation of choice. Over the last five years, he has made several films on human rights issues and supported various social campaigns through them.
  • 05:45 PM: SENT AWAY BOYS | Harjant Gill | 45 min. | 2016
What happens to families in the absence of sons? What happens to land in the absence of farmers? What happens to communities in the absence of men? The Film weaves together testaments of individual ambitions and family biographies from Punjab, to chronicle the gradual transformation of the agrarian landscape and patriarchal traditions through ongoing transnational migration. Being a successful man now entails leaving one’s village, travelling abroad and sending money home. Through interviews with men preparing to undertake often risky journeys and women awaiting the return of their sons, brothers and husbands, the Film shows how young men's decisions to emigrate implicate families and communities across North India.  

Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity, transnational migration and popular culture in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several ethnographic films that have screened at film festivals, academic conferences and on television networks worldwide including BBC, Doordarshan and PBS. His films include Roots of Love and Mardistan (Macholand). Gill is a Point Foundation alum and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) and co-directed the SVA Film and Media Festival.
  • Shabani Hassanwalia in conversation with Dr Radhika Chopra and team behind Sent Away boys - Sonali Udaybabu, Pearl Sandhu and Kulwinder Harsahai 
Shabani Hassanwalia, along with Samreen Farooqui, founded Hit and Run Films in 2005, an independent video production unit, which engages with changing socio-political-personal realities through documentaries, video art and intervention films. Some of their films include Being Bhaijaan, Out of thin Air and Life of Bada Saab. They were Associate Directors and Editors of the short film Star in Bombay Talkies, the omnibus celebrating hundred years of Indian Cinema. Shabani has for long written and interviewed for First City Magazine, interviewing diverse people ranging from filmmakers Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap, Jean Claude Carriere and Sanjay Kak to writers Amitav Ghosh, Ian Jack, Kaifi Azmi and musicians Trilok Gurtu and Ustad Bismillah Khan, among many others. Shabani was an INLAKS scholar and researched documentary funding and support structures across the UK and US, as part of which she worked with Documentary Filmmaker’s Group, London, and The Sundance Institute, Los Angeles.
  • 07:00 PM: ELECTRIC SHADOWS – JOURNEYS IN IMAGE MAKING | Avijit Mukul Kishore | 44 min. | 2016
Electric Shadow is the literal translation of diàn-yïng, the Mandarin term for film. Centred around a film festival of Indian films in China, the Film reflects on the dominant as well as alternative impressions of cultures – people, histories and landscapes – brought to us by cinema, playfully examining the idea of the cinematic image as an integral part of cultural propagation.

Urban Lens Film Festival, Bangalore
Urban Lens Film Festival, Delhi

Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai. He studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Delhi. He works in various genres of film and video making, is actively involved in art, cinema and cultural pedagogy and works as a curator of film programmes. He also works with visual artists as a collaborator on installation art projects. His films include Nostalgia for the Future, Electric Shadows - Journeys in Image-making, To Let the World In, Vertical City, Certified Universal and Snapshots from a Family Album.
  • Prof. Shohini Ghosh in conversation with Avijit Mukul Kishore
Shohini Ghosh is Sajjad Zaheer Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia.  She has been Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Cornell University, USA; Globalisation-MacArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago; Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University, UK, and the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society, University of Amsterdam. She is co-founder member of Mediastorm Collective, India’s first all women documentary production collective which received the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Work among Women Media Professionals. In 2002, Ghosh directed Tales of the Night Fairies, a documentary on the sex workers movement in Calcutta.
18 SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY
  • 10:15 AM:  INDIA’S DESTINY | Laurent Jaoui | 95 min. | 2013 | REFOCUS
How did India become one of the world’s most powerful countries, when, not so long ago, Churchill was predicting its collapse, should the British leave the country? The Agrawal family, from New Delhi, takes us on a journey through the history of India, as they have experienced it, since independence: from partition, through Land Reforms, the growth of Indian democracy, the conflicts with adjacent countries, religious and political divisions and to the modernisation of the country. Beyond the usual clichés of India’s shanty towns, arrogant tycoons and Bollywood, featuring Ramachandra Guha, the Film is a great historical journey through collective memory, archives and the complex human geography of one of the world’s major powers.

Laurent Jaoui was born in Tunisia in 1962. He studied filmmaking in INSAS (Belgium) and has been successfully working in the television industry in France for over 20 years, as both screenwriter and director. His work has mainly been dedicated to fiction films, but he has also been experimenting with the documentary form, directing a film on Barack Obama’s presidency, among others.
  • 12:00 PM: THE STORIES WE TELL – SESSION III The Academy of Doubt by Amar Kanwar
Amar Kanwar will discuss his experiences of making films for the last two decades. The lecture will be based on his personal doubts about documentary practice and form, his learnings and tentative conclusions.

Amar Kanwar has distinguished himself through films and multimedia works, which explore the politics of power, violence and justice. His multi‐layered installations originate in narratives often drawn from zones of conflict and are characterised by a unique poetic approach to the personal, social and political. Amar has been the recipient of awards such as the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change; an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, USA; the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway; the MacArthur Fellowship in India; the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, USA and the Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival. Retrospectives of his films have been held at film festivals including Kerala, Madurai, Tokyo, Hyderabad and Bangladesh. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai and at the Assam State Museum in collaboration with Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and North East Network; the Art Institute of Chicago, USA; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, U.K.; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria and at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
  • 02:30 PM:  ‘WAPSI’ (THE RETURNING…) | Ajay Raina | 60 min. | 2005 | REFOCUS
For most Indians and Pakistanis, a visit to each other’s countries is a journey of return of various kinds – to nostalgia, hate, metaphor and reality. The Film is one such travelogue, a song of hope, love, longing and betrayal.

National Film Award, India

After a Diploma in Cinema (Film Direction) from the Film and Television Institute of India, Ajay Raina has been making documentary films about Kashmir, where he spent his formative years. His film with PSBT, Tell Them, ‘The tree they had Planted has now Grown.’ won the Golden Conch at the Mumbai International Film Festival. Ajay taught Screenplay Writing at the Film and Television Institue of India and was involved with training a group of boys and girls from underprivileged communities of Mumbai and Ladakh in Video Production.
  • 03:30 PM: A SEASON OUTSIDE | Amar Kanwar | 30 min. | 1997 | REFOCUS
A subtle, poetic and deeply personal journey through the shadows of past generations, conflicting positions, borders and time zones, examining the scars of violence among nameless people, communities and nations. The Documentary travels through different dimensions of conflict, seeking a wisdom that could help transform conflict, through a process of humanisation. A film about understanding non-violence as a philosophy and way of life.

Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Golden Conch, Mumbai International Documentary Film Festival
Vision Du Reel, Switzerland
New York Independent Film and Video Festival
Best Programme, Script, Camera & Sound, All India CEC UGC Film Festival
Philadelphia International Film Festival
Dhaka International Film Festival
Carolina Film Festival
Singapore International Documentary Film Festival

Amar Kanwar has distinguished himself through films and multimedia works, which explore the politics of power, violence and justice. His multi‐layered installations originate in narratives often drawn from zones of conflict and are characterised by a unique poetic approach to the personal, social and political. Amar has been the recipient of awards such as the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change; an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, USA; the Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art, Norway; the MacArthur Fellowship in India; the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, USA and the Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival.
  • 04:00 PM: Vani Subramanian in conversation with Amar Kanwar
One-time advertising writer, Vani Subaramanian has been a women’s rights activist and documentary filmmaker since the nineties. Her work spans a range of issues and concerns from the political economy of food to primary education to culture, urban development and communalism and the politics of sex selective abortions. Her films have been recognised and screened both nationally and internationally and used at a wide variety of discussion platforms.
  • 04:30 PM: STEEPED AND STIRRED | Shweta Ghosh | 50 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film explores the multiple meanings of tea and through those finds out how we function as a nation. It takes one through the eccentric experience of the country’s diversity - from the strong, frothy chaya and luxurious orthodox leaf tea to the milky-spicy ginger chaha and savoury sheer chai. Through myriad preparation and drinking practices of the camellia sinesis, the Film uncovers the varied identities and paradoxes that sometimes make and sometimes break the idea of India.

Shweta Ghosh is a documentary filmmaker and researcher. A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, she has explored her interest in food, travel, music and disability through various research and film projects. Her first film, Accsex (with PSBT), won a National Film Award. Her film A Slice of Memory explores cuisine and culture in the coastal town of Vengurla, Maharashtra, through food memories within her maternal family.
  • 05:45 PM: SOME STORIES AROUND WITCHES | Lipika Singh Darai | 53 min.  | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film depicts the humanitarian crisis surrounding instances of witch hunting, taking us closer to the people who have been accused, ostracised and tortured for being ‘witches’. Through stories from some parts of Odisha, which find resonance in other parts of the country as well, it enquires into the circumstances that lead to witch hunting: a teenage girl kills an old woman, one of her relatives, for being a witch and the cause of her father’s death; a village turns into a mob overnight to kill three people - a man and two women identified as witches by a witch doctor; a family believed to bring ill fate, is excommunicated and threatened after it cooks meat. The Film explores the politics of witch hunting - how superstition, greed, ignorance, fear, insecurity and power work together to cause immense violence and suffering.

Lipika Singh Darai is a filmmaker based in Bhubaneswar, who hails from the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, she graduated with a specialisation in sound recording and after working in Mumbai as a sound recordist for a few years, returned to her home state to make films. Lipika won her first National Award, while still a student, for Best Sound Recording and Mixing and her first documentary - A Tree A Man A Sea, followed by another National Award for the Best Debut Film. Lipika’s films are characterised by a strong personal narrative style. She is currently working on a feature length documentary with the Films Division, on the puppeteers of Odisha.
  • 07:00 PM: Stories from Inglorious India: Ravish Kumar
Ravish Kumar is an Indian journalist, writer and TV anchor who covers subjects pertaining to Indian politics and society. He is senior executive editor at NDTV India, the Hindi news channel, and hosts a number of programmes, including the channel's flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report. Renowned for his deeply empathetic and sensitive news reportage and offbeat approach to contemporary India, he is a recipient of the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature, 2010, from the President of India; the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award; the Indian News Television Award and the Best News Anchor in Hindi Award. Included in the 100 most influential Indians of 2016 by the Indian Express, he has authored the popular book Ishq Mein Shahar Hona.

19 SEPTEMBER, MONDAY
  • 10:15 AM: AND YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ME | Pramada Menon | 52 min. | 2014 | REFOCUS
When visualising the ‘other’, there are constant assumptions made about who these people are, what they look like, what they must think. As one gets to know this ‘other’, one realises the emptiness of these characterisations. The Film brings the lives of five women into focus. Women whose only common meeting ground is that they identify themselves as outside of the heterosexual framework and live in the same city. What they identify as, their stories, relationships and activism, set against the backdrop of Delhi – form part of the narrative and create a tapestry of images and metaphors, that invites one to re-engage with and rethink the notion of the other, the lesbian.

Stuttgart Film Festival, Germany
Seattle Film Festival
Yangon LGBT Film Festival
Sydney Intercultural Film Festival
Dialogues: Calcutta LGBT & Video Film Festival
Bangalore Queer Film Festival
Reel Desires, Chennai International Queer Film Festival

Pramada Menon
is a queer feminist activist who has diverse interests and multiple identities. Pramada has worked in the women’s rights and social justice field for more than two decades and is the co-founder of CREA, a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi. She also performs Fat, Feminist and Free – freewheeling conversations around gender, body, sexuality, identity. And you Thought you Knew Me is her first film.
  • 11:30 AM: THE STORIES WE TELL – SESSION IV – Constructing New Conversations by Malati Rao
Malati Rao shares her experience of telling stories through documentary, television and the web. Navigating ideas and personal narratives, her films focus on experience and individuality in driving stories forward. In this lecture, she will share her process of research, inquiry and theoretical perspectives that help her to arrive at documentary storytelling.

Malati Rao has directed, written and produced fiction and documentary films. She is the recipient of the Margaret McNamara Award from the World Bank family network for her thesis film. She holds an MFA degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Malati has taught graduate courses in film and screenwriting in India and the US.
  • 02:00 PM: SABIN ALUN | Altaf Mazid | 52 min. | 2015 | TRIBUTE
Followed by Q&A
Of the hundreds of versions of the Ramayana, Sabil Alun, is a living oral tradition of the animistic tribal society of the Karbis of Assam. The Film is an attempt to recreate the tale  in a contemporary context where the animistic point of view gets prominence.

Mumbai International Film Festival

Altaf Mazid was a film critic turned filmmaker. He has written extensively on cinema in Assam and has been on the juries of International Film Festival of India; International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam; Yamagata, Japan; Mumbai International Film Festival, Moscow and Cannes, besides being invited to Fajr Film Festival, Tehran, as guest critic. In 2004, he reconstructed the first Assamese film Joymoti from found footage that premiered internationally at Stuttgart with subsequent screenings at Asiaticafilmmediale, Rome and the Munich Film Festivals. He won National Awards for Best Film Critic and Best Anthropological/ Ethnographic Film.

  • 03:15 PM: THE TRAIL OF THE RAIN SONG | Usha Zacharias | 52 min. | 2012 | TRIBUTE
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The monsoons are only as old as the Himalayas… But the paths are harder to trace... and easier to lose…

John Abraham National Film Awards, SiGNS, Kerala

Usha Zacharias’s career spanned academics and journalism. She worked as Associate Professor of Communication at Westfield State College, Massachusetts, and earlier, at the Bombay editorial section of The Times of India. This was her debut film.
  • 04:15 PM: THE SAME NAMELESS THING | Ranu Sharma | 28 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with the Filmmaker
The Film traces the paths that lead to and from our search for meaning and connection.  It offers a contemporary look at how we deal with the eternal questions - who am I? What is the purpose of my life? What must I do to be happy?

Ranu Sharma studied Mass Communication at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. She has made several independent documentary films in the last fifteen years, including four films for PSBT, many of which have been screened internationally at film festivals and feature as study material at film schools. She has also been visiting faculty for documentary film at institutes for film and television.
  • 05:00 PM: SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN: THE MATHEMATICIAN AND HIS LEGACY | Nandan Kudhyadi | 50 min. | 2016
Srinivasa Ramanujan’s work continues to intrigue, inspire and challenge mathematicians around the world. His fertile mind envisioned a world where science and mathematics converge to uncover fundamental principles governing our universe. Nearly a hundred years after his death, mathematics has slowly developed tools that are unraveling some of the secrets behind his intuitive suppositions. His oeuvre has opened up new vistas of possibilities, new branches of mathematics have sprouted and proliferated and found application in varied fields of different sciences, implausible in his own times. The Film brings together his life on screen, with period enactments, interviews and animation.

International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum

Nandan Kudhyadi has more than sixty five documentaries to his credit on varied subjects. Several of these have won top national awards and been screened at various international film festivals like Cinema du Reel, Tokyo, Brussels, Vancouver, Pusan, Hawaii and Karlovy Vary. Nandan graduated in Fine Arts before specialising in Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has worked with celebrated international filmmakers like Michelangelo Antonioni, Krzysztof Zanussi, Mani Kaul and Ketan Mehta. His much talked about film Rasayatra won the National Award for the Best Non-Feature Film, the Jury’s Special Mention at Brussels and was chosen for the NHK Asian Film Festival at Tokyo and the Indomania Festival, Paris.

Anupama Srinivasan in conversation with Nandan Kudhyadi

Anupama Srinivasan is a freelance filmmaker, film teacher and curator based in Delhi. She studied Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, followed by a postgraduate Diploma in Film Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She has been making documentaries and short films for 15 years, often shooting and editing her own films. Her films On my Own, On my own Again, I Wonder... and Nirnay (as co-director and editor) have been screened at various national and international film festivals. She was the Festival Director of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival for three years (2013-15). Her interest in working with children led her to conducting filmmaking workshops with children and young people, many of whose films she has mentored, most recently at the Dharamsala International Film Festival. Anupama is also visiting faculty at film schools where she does documentary workshops.
  • 06:15 PM: THE CURE: THE BANERJI PROTOCOLS and THE OTHER SONG | Malati Rao | 54 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Banerji Protocols, evolved by Dr Prasanta and Pratip Banerji offer a standardised diagnostic system, different from the case history taking process associated with classical homeopathy. As they tackle big tickets like cancer and organ failures, the Film explores the dream for an accessible option for a universal health care system.

While Homeopathy has a long tradition dating back to the early 20th century, in India it has suffered at the hands of bad pedagogy and a polarised view of its effectiveness. The Other Song offers an inside view into the practice of Dr Rajan Sankaran, a renowned homeopath. His methods such as the sensation method and the three kingdoms provide a different approach to classical homeopathy, taking the treatment deeper into the inner sensation of the illness, thus revealing the anachronism that exists in the body of the patient. In its success, the dream of an alternative system of medicine that is effective for a wide range of illnesses, gains momentum.

Malati Rao has directed, written and produced fiction and documentary films. She is the recipient of the Margaret McNamara Award from the World Bank family network for her thesis film. She holds an MFA degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia, and an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. Malati has taught graduate courses in film and screenwriting in India and the US.
  • 07:30 PM: UNTIL SPACE REMAINS | THE DALAI LAMA AND INDIA | Gaurav Saxena | 65 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker/s
The Dalai Lama has often described India as the Guru of the Tibetan people. Today, that role in many ways has been reversed. He and the Tibetan people have been in exile in India since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 and their story continues to be one of the most significant success stories of a displaced community. The Tibetan people have managed to preserve their identity, keeping their cause alive and remaining welcome in India, while the Dalai Lama is an eloquent and influential ambassador of India’s civilisational heritage, its inclusive philosophy and the most sophisticated mind training techniques in history. The Film explores this remarkable relationship that began in the 8th Century AD.

International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum

Gaurav Saxena graduated from the Delhi College of Arts after which he trained in television production and direction. He studied Filmmaking in USA, including screenwriting at UCLA. Thereafter, he worked as a screenwriter, director and producer on independent film projects in India, Germany and USA. His film Rangzen premiered at Berlinale, was nominated for Crystal Bear, won the Best International Short and Best Film at Raindance Festival and has screened at various film festivals, the world over.
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  • 10:30 AM: HOLY MATRIMONY | Nirmala Nair | 26 min. | 2011 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with the Filmmaker
Placing together the aspirations of two young women who choose not to marry, questioning the notions they are expected to fit into, the Film portrays the contradiction between ‘who I am’ and the ‘ideal’ that women are expected to become in a patriarchal culture.

Our Lives to Live, International Festival of Short Films on Gender Violence

Nirmala Nair graduated from the National Institute of Design with a specialisation in Film and Video Communication Design. She went on to join Drishti Media Arts and Human Rights where she worked as an associated director on India Untouched: Stories of a People Apart, which she later edited.
  • 11:30 AM: THE STORIES WE TELL – SESSION V Non-Fiction… by Aditi Chitre
There is a genre in animation filmmaking that often finds itself stuck in the grey zone between fiction and documentary. Often, the nomenclature used in film categories seems to imply that animation can only be fiction and documentary can only be live action, confusing form for content and vice versa. The presentation seeks to open a discussion on this dilemma, as well as the special scope of animation in documentary filmmaking, through the screening of a selection of short films/ excerpts illustrating the manner in which various animation filmmakers have narrowed down this grey zone and made labelling a tricky proposition.  

Aditi Chitre is an animation filmmaker based in Delhi.
  • 12:30 PM: THE WAVE RIDERS | Sanjeev Sivan | 29 min. | 2016
An interactive and personalised narrative of India’s existing maritime and ship-building traditions and through them, an exploration of the glorious, thousand-year old maritime history of the nation.

Youngest in a family of filmmakers, Sanjeev Sivan quite literally has filmmaking in his blood. He studied Film Direction at the Tisch Film School, New York University, from where he also holds an MBA. Sanjeev’s Malayalam feature Aparichithan - The Stranger, changed the face of the Kerala film industry with its never-seen-before technique and craft. Endless Summer, based on his award winning documentary After Life, was recently awarded the Best Film at Canada. His documentary Underground Inferno for the National Geographic Channel won the Best Documentary Award at IIFF and Best Documentary at the Greece International Film Festival. A recipient of the Emerging Masters Award at the Seattle Film Festival, he has been on the juries of the National Film Awards and the Indian Documentary Producers Association Film Awards.
  • 02:15 PM: I’M JEEJA | Swati Chakroborti | 26 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
A first person narrative of Jeeja Ghosh, an effective and responsible leader and disability rights activist living with cerebral palsy.  

Swati Chakrroborti did her Masters in Economics from Jadavpur University and then trained in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She heads the Department of Information Communication Technology at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy and has won the international ABLENET Award for developing low-cost indigenous technology for AAC. She has worked as a script writer and assistant director for several films commissioned by MHRD, FD, PRI, etc.
  • 03:00 PM: THE TALE OF STAMPS | Anirban Dutta | 30 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with the Filmmaker
The Film celebrates the rich and fascinating history of India’s postal system through philately, even as the erstwhile pillar of the Indian State looks to reposition itself in the digital world. Bringing together postal historians, renowned philatelists, officials and stamp designers, it comes alive with interesting anecdotes and stories around stamps.

Anirban Dutta is a filmmaker and a media educator based in Delhi, who set up Metamorphosis, a Development Communication organisation. He has directed and produced several documentary films, photographic essays and spots on topics as diverse as child rights, environmental issues, reproductive health and explorations of gender and sexuality. Anirban has worked extensively with UNWOMEN, UNICEF, UNDP and UNAIDS. His films Beyond the Mountains, The Mud House and Shadows of Tehri have travelled to various film festivals including New York, San Sebastian, Al Jazeera and Mumbai. He has been a Visiting Artist at the University of Boise, Utha, USA; Stanica Slovakia and exhibited at the University of Lima, Peru. He has worked with children and young people to address violence, displacement, gender issues and drugs through art, photography and film projects.
  • 03:45 PM: JOURNEY TO NAGALAND | Aditi Chitre | 26 min.  | 2010 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with the Filmmaker
The story of a young girl who is led to a distant land by the force of her visions and her mother’s spirit to discover the latter’s roots, and possibly her own.

Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival
Best Animated Short Film, INFOCOM – ASSOCHAM Excellence in Media & Entertainment Awards
Awards, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala
International Film Festival of India
International Association of Women in Radio and Television Asian Women’s Film Festival, New Delhi
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival
Short and Documentary Film Festival, Kolkata
Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Calcutta
7Islands International Film Festival, Chennai
Dharamsala International Film Festival
Ayodhya Film Festival: People’s Cinema
Hill Hoppers Film Festival, Bombay
IAWRT Women's Festival, Goa
Bhutan Film Festival
International Women Film Festival-Herat, Afghanisthan
Brussels Animation Festival
International Film Festival on Tribal Art and Culture, Bhopal
Hamburg Film Festival
Festival du Cinéma de Brive , France

Aditi Chitre
is an animation filmmaker based in Delhi. After completing her BFA – specialising in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, she made her first film, The Mall on Top of My House, which was screened at many festivals and was awarded the Tokyo Broadcasting System-DigiCon6+3 Territorial Award, in recognition of effort in animation in India. She also freelances as a book designer and writes on art practices.
  • 04:30 PM: LOKTANTRA KI EK KAHAANI | Anurag Singh | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film tells the story of the Majdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) that has set a precedent for a healthy electoral system by successfully contesting a fair election, despite facing challenges.

Anurag Singh’s understanding of images grew at Vidushak Karshala, an experimental work space, put together by young IIT graduates. He went on to teaching himself how to create images, and consequently, films. He has made several independent documentaries, inspired by movements for social change, which have been screened and won awards at festivals in the US, Japan, Afghanistan, Africa and India.
  • 05:45 PM: LET THERE BE LIGHT | Supriyo Sen | 52 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The light art industry of Chandannagar originated in the sixties as small handicraft units to illuminate the Jagaddhatri Puja festival of the town. The diverse story ideas, unique innovations and creative execution, however, soon made them immensely popular in religious, social and cultural events throughout the country. Through the narrative of three generations of light artists - Sridhar Das, Kashinath Neogi and Asim Dey , the Film explores the untold stories of passion, pride, artistry and the search for identity behind the making of  the Chandannagar brand that mesmerises viewers across the globe.

A leading independent filmmaker, Supriyo Sen has made internationally acclaimed documentaries, including The Nest, Way Back Home, Hope Dies Last in War and Wagah, which have screened at Sundance, Los Angeles, Busan, Sydney, Traibeca, IDFA, Hot Docs, Nyon, Sheffield, Yamagata, etc. He has won several international awards like Berlin Today (Berlinale), Crystal Globe (Karlovy Vary), Grand Prix (Bilbao) BBC Award (Commonwealth Film Festival), Black Pearl Award (Abu Dhabi), National Geographic Award (Flickerfest), Golden Conch (MIFF), Jury and Audience Award at Krakow, Tampere and Hamburg and three National Awards.

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From dinosaurs to Dipa Karmakar, everything is illuminated in Chandannagar
  • 07:00 PM: The Alchemies of Art and Resistance in Kashmir: Sohail Hashmi
Sohail Hashmi graduated from the University of Delhi and completed his post-graduation and M.Phil from JNU. He gave up his PhD mid-way to work full time with the CPI (M). At 42, he began working for a living, with PTI TV. Sohail makes documentary films, conducts heritage walks and writes about Delhi, its languages, food, water bodies and monuments. He loves travel, photography, cooking and talking about food and travel. He writes and blogs irregularly on issues of culture, language, education and communalism; he has conceptualised, researched, scripted and produced documentaries on women’s education, lesser known freedom fighters, marginalised women and literacy and on walks through Delhi. Urdu Hai Jiska Naam, a documentary conceptualised, researched and scripted by Sohail has been shown on Discovery Channel for four years. Sohail is the founding Trustee of SAHMAT (SAFDAR HASHMI MEMORIAL TRUST) and in the past has been the Director of Leap Years - a Creative Activity Centre for Children.
  • SOZ – A BALLAD OF MALADIES | Tushar Madhav and Sarvnik Kaur | 85 min. | 2016
Followed by Q&A with the Filmmakers
Of folk, rock and hip-hop, the Film is a portrait of different cultural practitioners whose work engages with the political upheavals and its social costs in contemporary Kashmir. The Film is a glance into the collective memory of a people and the expressions of its history to understand the emerging voices of resistance and their resonance in the world’s most heavily militarised zone. In a journey through the metamorphoses of Kashmir’s traditional art practices into its contemporary arts of resistance, the Film unfolds a transformed cultural fabric of the valley, which departs from the notion of Kashmir as a ‘paradise’.

Tushar Madhav is interested in the geopolitics of contemporary and folk art and has independently shot and edited documentaries around the theme. He also conducts workshops on finding audio-visual alternatives for storytelling, documentation and media advocacy programmes with students, university professors and organisations that work with juvenile criminals and underprivileged girls.

Sarvnik Kaur is a Mumbai based screenplay writer. She’s been working in the Hindi Film industry for the past 5 years. Her first novel ‘Where Arrows Meet’ was published in 2012. She is an alma mater of Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islmia University.  

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