PROGRAMME
(Subject to change)

AUDITORIUM, INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, NEW DELHI

The Screenings and Discussions require no tickets/ prior registration and are open for all to attend. Seating will be first come, first served.

DAY-WISE PROGRAMME
16 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY
17 SEPTEMBER, SATURDAY
18 SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY
19 SEPTEMBER, MONDAY
20 SEPTEMBER, TUESDAY

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16 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY
 
  • 10:00 AM: DANCING SHOES | Rishebh Batnagar and Jogavindra S. Khera | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker/s
A reference to Dharavi usually conjures up imagery of a clutter of rickety houses. But, hidden in these lanes are tales of passion and courage. The Film follows the inspiring journey of Jameel Shah. The son of a poor farmer, he never gave up on his Bollywood dreams, and today, from a tiny room, makes the best dance shoes for the biggest national and international celebrities.  

Rishebh’s body of work includes films like Circus of Life, Dreaming Awake, The Englishman and the Indo-Canadian co-production, Baa. He has produced successful commercial ad films for various international clients and has been associated with Sony, Percept Pictures, Dharma Productions and Mukta Arts.

Jogavindra is the Artistic Director of the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival. He has assisted Subhash Ghai on two feature films and directed several commercials for popular brands. He has worked with production houses like Mukta Arts, iRock and One Up Entertainment. His critically acclaimed short film Tuesday has travelled to various festivals around the world.
  • 10:50 AM: NEO-ALCHEMISTS: THE GREAT INDIAN JUGAAD I Yasmin Kidwai | 30 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film looks at the Indian tradition of Jugaad – frugal innovation – and seeks to reinterpret it through the application of the word ‘disruption’.

Yasmin’s work in documentary filmmaking has been widely acclaimed. Besides creating attractive award winning tourism and development related film packages for various states, she has a considerable repertoire of credits as a producer in the Indian television industry.
  • 11:40 AM: JAPAN IN NAGALAND | Hemant Gaba | 45 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Nagaland Anime Junkies organise their second annual CosFest (Costume Festival) in Kohima that youngsters from Nagaland and neighbouring states visit dressed as their favourite Anime (Japanese Animation) characters. The Film explores the underground Japanese Anime subculture in Nagaland against the backdrop of other popular foreign subcultures and what makes it so popular with the youth. Will the Junkies be able to pull off the CosFest, with their limited resources and abundant passion?

Hemant debuted with a feature film, Shuttlecock Boys, which was released via PVR Director’s Rare. It has since travelled to festivals in Chicago, Seattle, Florida, New Jersey, Sydney, New York and Nepal. He produced a feature documentary, Still Standing, which won the award for Best Debut at Mumbai. This is his debut documentary as director.
  • 01:45 PM: THE GOD, THE TIGER AND THE WOMAN | Abhilash Vijayan | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Three individuals, from three different cultural contexts in Kerala, metamorphose into different roles for the first time in their lives. A man prepares to helm the role of the ritualistic Theyyam (or God) in a temple, another becomes Puli (or Tiger) at the Tiger Dance Festival during Onam celebration, while a woman prepares for her wedding, taking on the role of a married woman.

Abhilash
has been working in visual media for the past ten years. His film Dwand has been screened at 23 international film festivals and won four international and 24 awards in India. His documentary That Elephant from the Bridge had its premiered at Dok-Leipzig. He has recently completed a Diploma in Direction and Screenplay Writing from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
  • 02:35 PM: SONEPUR MELA | Sudhesh Unniraman | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
As the country’s landscape gets filled with malls and hypermarkets, what is happening to the large melas and haats that used to thrive in rural India and smaller towns?  Some of them, like Pushkar, have managed to transform themselves into hyper tourist experiences, transforming their core nature. Others, like Sonepur, remain unknown to most Indians outside Bihar. Yet, these are growing in size and engaging a larger number of visitors each year. The Film looks at the experience of the Mela through the eyes of visitors, some who have been coming for years and others who have returned and are surprised at what it has to offer.

With a professional degree in Mass Communication, Sudhesh has two decades of experience on projects for television and development focused organisations. He continues to work as Producer, Director and Media Consultant on public and private media projects. He has produced over 500 hours of broadcast programmes, for telecast on BBC World, Travel Channel UK, Doordrashan and Star TV, among others. He has also directed advocacy films for organisations such as UNICEF, UNIFEM, BBC Trust, PLAN International and The Hunger Project.
  • 04:00 PM: VOLUME ONE | Spandan Banerjee | 52 min. | 2014
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Who is a guide? In these changing times where guidebooks are replacing people, who tells the story of this nation and its monuments? Volume One is a story about us as tourists and guides to our own nation. It is about the eclectic extravaganza that India is presented through characters who show us their little bit of the nation. A journey bound by the language of necessity, but never of intimacy, English.  

Spandan is a National Award winning filmmaker whose films have travelled to festivals all over the world. He runs his independent outfit, Overdose Films, which has produced over 100 films including those for UNICEF, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Tourism, National Geographic Channel, Pratham, UNICEF, NFDC and PSBT, among others. He holds the position of Creative Director of the National Film Development Council.
  • 05:15 PM: LAXMAN GOLE | Tangella Madhavi | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Once known for his ways of ruthless crimes, Laxman Gole transformed his life in prison by the power of one book: My Experiments with Truth. The Film canvasses his life as ex-criminal, a practicing Gandhian and father.

Madhavi majored in Direction and Screenplay Writing from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. She also holds a post graduate Diploma in Social Communications Media and a Master’s Degree in English. In 2006, she was selected for the Asian Film Academy and is a recipient of the SARAI Fellowship.
  • 06:30 PM: IN HER WORDS | Annie Zaidi | 42 min. | 2015
The Film traces the historic and social journeys of Indian women's lives as revealed through the literature they created in every era. The story of how women lived and their march towards freedom and self-definition were not officially documented. However, through the verses of nuns, bhakti devotee rebels, folk songs, verses written by courtesans, amateur anthropologists, the memoirs of activists and modern literature, we witness the oppressions and aspirations of Indian womanhood over two millenia.

Annie writes across various genres – journalism, poetry, fiction, drama. Her books include Gulab, Love Stories # 1 to 14, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and other True Tales, shortlisted for the Crossword Book Awards. She is the co-author of a series of inter-linked coming-of-age narratives called The Bad Boy's Guide to the Good Indian Girl. Her play So Many Socks was shortlisted for the prestigious META Awards. Over the years, she has written for a range of newspapers and magazines including Mid-Day, Frontline, Tehelka, Caravan, Mint, Elle, Femina, DNA and Forbes.
  • BEING WOMEN, WRITING WOMEN: DISCUSSION
 
Annie Zaidi writes across various genres – journalism, poetry, fiction, drama. Her books include Gulab, Love Stories # 1 to 14, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and other True Tales, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Awards. She is the co-author of a series of inter-linked coming-of-age narratives called The Bad Boy's Guide to the Good Indian Girl. Her play So Many Socks was shortlisted for the prestigious META Awards. Over the years, she has written for a range of newspapers and magazines including Mid-Day, Frontline, Tehelka, Caravan, Mint, Elle, Femina, DNA and Forbes.

Arpita Das started an independent publishing house called YODA PRESS 10 years ago. Her press has since then become known for its radical, progressive titles with error-free copy and excellent production values. She is also known for the avant-garde indie bookstore YODAKIN she ran in South Delhi's hip neighbourhood Hauz Khas Village, for four years. The store became known as a hub and haven for writers, readers and a whole range of literary-minded people. Arpita has recently co-launched a self-publishing platform called AuthorsUpFront.

An eminent writer in Hindi, Maitreyi Pushpa has ten novels and seven short story collections to her credit. She also writes prolifically for newspapers on current issues concerning women, and adopts a questioning, daring and challenging stance in her writings. As a writer, she is best known for Chak, Alma Kabutari, Jhoola Nat and an autobiographical novel Kasturi Kundal Base. She is the recipient of several honours, including the SAARC Literary Award, Sarojini Naidu Puruskar and the Mahatma Gandhi Samman.

Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed has served with the Government of Alberta for over a decade in the field of advanced education and was the Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. She has been Member of the Planning Commission and the National Commission for Women and is the Founder of Women's Initiative for Peace in South Asia, Founder Member of South Asians for Human Rights. Dedicated to the inclusive development of the marginalised, gender, minorities, education, culture, and other related areas, she is founder, chairperson and member of over 30 organisations. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007. Dr Syeda Hameed has authored, co-authored, edited, and translated more than 20 books published by Harper Collins, Oxford, Macmillan and others. Her latest book, K.G. Saiyidain: A Life in Education was published in 2015 by Pan Macmillan.
 
19 SEPTEMBER, SATURDAY
  • 10:00 AM: THE DEEP RISING | Merajur Rahman Baruah | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The narrative explores the work of Ability Unlimited, exploring the art practices of artists with disabilities, their worlds and the collapse of the ‘Us and Them’ dichotomy created by the mainstream society. These artists redefine the notion of disability and lead dignified and productive lives, much to the astonishment of those around them.

Merajur is an independent documentary filmmaker from Delhi. He has trained at Jamia Millia Islamia and the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He received the Commonwealth Vision Award for his film Beyond the Zero Line from the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, United Kingdom, and the National Film Award for Shifting Prophecy, among other honours.
  • 10:50 AM:  THE NEW GIRL IN CLASS | Amrita Dasgupta | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
After trying for years, Neeraja has managed to enroll Roshni, her daughter with autism, to a regular school. The Film moves between the challenges and concerns that confront the mother-daughter duo in her learning. Through her narrative, it explores the possibility of mainstream education for children with autism, while raising pertinent questions about how we understand autism and the idea of being different.

Amrita is a Delhi based writer and filmmaker. A post graduate in English and Mass Communication, she has experience in research, scripting, production, media and consultancy. Her keen interest in children and education began with the fun learning television series Khullum Khulla and continued through her first PSBT film, Let Them Blossom. Amrita has been involved with preparing content for UGC and has authored books for children with the National Book Trust.
  • 12:20 PM: THE HOPE DOCTORS | Diya Banerjee | 52 min. | 2014
The Film is a bittersweet journey into the lives of ordinary people and their extraordinary worlds. Told through the lens of medical clowning, it questions the gaps plaguing our health care sector while also interpolating the complex worlds of two clowns. Through their artistic and intimate life experiences, these clowns stand out as non-conformists who firmly believe in pursuing untainted optimism. Using theatre as psycho-social counselling strategies, they reach out to those stuck in difficult medical scenarios.

International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala
Trauma, Grief, Hope and Laughter - APHA GPH Film Festival, Chicago

Diya is an alumna of University College London and Mass Communication Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia. She has worked with Times Now and with the Times of India. In recent years, Diya has been actively working in the international development sector with reputed think tanks as a communication consultant. She has been a recipient of a number of research and creative fellowships such as Charles Wallace, Art Think South Asia, ASHA-STANDFORD and the UNDP Human Development Media Fellowship.

Press
Laughter is the Best Medicine
...Look into their Eyes and Whisper
  • 03:00 PM: AYODHYA GATHA | Vani Subramanian | 60 min. | 2007 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film weaves together a tapestry of perspectives on how deeply the politics of hate affect personal everyday lives and what it takes to negotiate a way out of these labyrinths.

National Film Award, India
Film South Asia, Nepal
Kara Film Festival, Pakistan
John Abraham National Awards, SiGNS, Kerala
International Association of Women in Radio and Television Asian Women’s Film Festival,  New Delhi
   
One-time advertising writer, Vani 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.
  • 04:20 PM: TELL THEM, “THE TREE THEY HAD PLANTED HAS NOW GROWN” | Ajay Raina | 58 min. | 2001| REFOCUS
A cinematic diary of a Kashmiri revisiting his home, to witness the scars of a paradise lost.

Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Radio and Advertisers Practitioners Awards, London
Indian Documentary Producers’ Association Awards for Excellence
Film South Asia, Kathmandu
Illuminating  Oppression:  Film  Festival on Human  Rights, Syracuse
The Wisdom Tree Film Festival, Pune
IGNCA Kashmir Film Festival
International Film Festival, Kerala
Uttarakhand International Film Festival

After a Diploma in Cinema (Film Direction) from the Film and Television Institute of India, Ajay has been making documentary films about Kashmir, where he spent his formative years. His film with PSBT, Wapsi, won the National Award. Ajay taught Screenplay Writing at the Film and Television Institute of India and was involved with training a group of boys and girls from underprivileged communities of Mumbai and Ladakh in Video Production.
  • 05:20 PM: TILL THEN THE ROADS CARRY HER | Uzma Falak Mehraj | 20 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film challenges the dominant narratives of victimhood of Kashmiri women by bringing to fore stories of resistance and spaces contextualising their experiences. Using intergenerational narratives, personal histories, poetry, songs and images, it sets out to challenge the exoticist iconography of ‘Kashmir ki Kali’ and attempts to explore myriad forms of resistance employed by the women in their day-to-day lives.

Uzma was born and brought up in Srinagar, Kashmir. She has an MA in Mass Communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia. She has written narratives from Kashmir for the New Internationalist, Himal Southasian, Jadaliyya and other publications. Her essays have been anthologised in Of Occupation and Resistance – Writings from Kashmir and Paper Text messages from Kashmir. Her objective is to excavate counter-histories using image, sound and words.
  • 06:00 PM: THE MAKING/UNMAKING OF HISTORY AND MEMORY: DISCUSSION

Harsh Mander is a social worker and writer, who works with survivors of mass violence and hunger, as well as homeless persons and street children. He is the Director of the Centre for Equity Studies and a Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case. He is associated with various social causes and movements, and writes and speaks regularly on issues of communal harmony, tribal, dalit and disabled persons' rights, the right to information, custodial justice, homelessness and bonded labour.

Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist, editor and academic. Formerly the editor of The Hindu, in 2015, he founded an online news portal called The Wire. He has reported extensively on the NATO war against Yugoslavia, the destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas, the war in Iraq and the crisis in Kashmir and edited the book Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy. Siddharth is a recipient of many honours, including the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize Silver Medal for Print Journalism, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by the President of Chile—that country's highest civilian honour for a foreign citizen— and the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year.

Uma Chakravarti is a feminist historian who taught history at Miranda House and written extensively on ancient India, the 19th century and on contemporary issues, especially caste, gender and democratic rights. She is active in many peoples’ and womens’ movements. Following a life-long engagement with history, she has also made films.
  • 07:00 PM WHAT THE FIELDS REMEMBER | Subasri Krishnan | 52 min. | 2015
On 18th February 1983, around 1800 Bengali Muslims were killed in Nellie and surrounding villages in Assam, in one morning. No one was ever prosecuted and the incident remains in the annals of India’s violent history. This Film is a revisiting of the event and an exploration of how the survivors remember the violence, 32 years later, and how do the spaces that witnessed this violence continue to mark people’s relationship to history and memory.

Seattle Film Festival

Subasri has been a documentary filmmaker for the past 10 years. She heads the Media Lab of the Indian Institute for Human Settlement. Her filmmaking work has ranged from a number of commissioned non-fiction films on rights based issues to documentary films. Her first documentary Brave New Medium on internet censorship in South-East Asia, has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. The award winning This or That Particular Person, produced by PSBT, that looks at the idea of official identity documents, was adjudged the Best Short Documentary at the International Film Festival of Kerala.

Press
The Killing Fields
Sorrow, Indifference and a Refusal to Forget
...What the Public Forgot
 
20 SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY
  • 10:00 AM: DHARMA DOLLIES | Aruna Har Prasad | 55 min. | 2002 | REFOCUS
A look at stress and anxiety amongst the younger generation in urban India which drives them to all kinds of quick fix aids like Feng Shui, meditation and dancing. A humourous, often satirical, look at a new line of business activity, which has sprouted dozens of spiritual gurus all over India.

Aruna established KAS Movie Makers in 1988. She has worked on several international feature films such as Gandhi, The Sea Wolves, La Nint Bengalie and New Delhi Times. She has won various awards for her documentaries such as the National Geographic Earthwatch Gold Award for Cultural Programming and the Margaret Mead Award for Best International Documentary.
  • 11:00 AM: INTRODUCTION TO NEW WAVE CINEMA IN INDIA
Ira Bhaskar is Professor of Cinema Studies and Dean of the School of Art and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from the Tisch School of Art, New York University. She has lectured and published extensively internationally on narrative poetics, adaptation, and nationalism and cinema and has held senior visiting faculty positions at York University Canada, Columbia University New York and the University of Pavia Italy and Research Fellowships from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the British Academy. Her research interests include historical poetics; cinematic forms including melodrama; cinema and modern subjectivities; literature and film; and historical trauma, violence, memory and representation.
  • ADOOR: A JOURNEY IN FRAMES | Rajiv Mehrotra and Vipin Vijay | 49 min. | 2015
Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films map the history of the region from the inside. This Documentary looks at how the filmmaker dealt with human conditions in his films, at the most elemental level. His keen observation and intense sensibility about the ‘local’ make his films universal in appeal.

Rajiv, an alumnus of the Universities of Oxford and Columbia, is a writer, television producer-director, documentary filmmaker and Managing Trustee of PSBT. He is best known as the former acclaimed host of one of India's longest running talk shows on public television, In Conversation. This Film was made by him in 1999.

Vipin graduated from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, and received the Charles Wallace Arts Award for research at the British Film Institute, London, and India Office Records, London. His films have won the short Tiger Award, Rotterdam; National Award, India; Golden Pearl, HIFF and Kodak Award, among others. Apart from being widely shown in film festivals and art museums, two of his films have been acquired for permanent archiving at the US Library of Congress. He is the recipient of the prestigious Sanskriti Award for Cultural Achievement in Filmmaking.
  • 12:15 PM: BENEGALS’ NEW CINEMA | Iram Ghufran | 58 min. | 2014
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
A documentary on the films of Shyam Benegal, that explores the time, ethos and concerns of the New Cinema Movement in India through his oeuvre. A pioneer of New Cinema in the Hindi film industry, Benegal’s career spans four decades of consistent work.  The Film is a foray into the mind of the great filmmaker and an attempt to understand his motivations and impulses for making cinema.

New York Film Festival
Imagineindia Film Festival, Madrid

Iram is a Delhi based filmmaker and artist working on moving image, sound and text. Her work has been shown in several international art and cinematic contexts including the Berlin Film Festival, Experimenta India and World Social Forum. Her first documentary essay film There is Something in the Air is the winner of several awards, including the National Award.
  • 02:30 PM: LADIES SPECIAL | Nidhi Tuli | 30 min. | 2003 | REFOCUS
An account of the journeys of women commuters travelling from Virar to Churchgate and back during office hours, in Bombay, in a Women’s only train – Ladies Special. It gently uncovers the humour and the solidarity of these commuters as they create a space for themselves in the highly stressful life of the city. A space where they are not wives, mothers, daughters-in-law, mothers-in-law... they are simply women. Women - recharging their batteries to face the challenges of the day.

Best Documentary, John Abraham National Awards, SiGNS, Kerala
Prix Georges Ragot Faire aimer le Train/ Georges Ragot ‘Love the Train’ Award,  
Cinérail Festival, Paris
VIBGYOR Film Festival, Kerala
Asian Women’s Film Festival, International Association of Women in Radio and Television, New Delhi

Nidhi is a script writer and documentary filmmaker. She was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship to pursue Master’s in Feature Film Screenwriting from the Royal Holloway, University of London. While at UK, she won the Raindance Film Pitch Competition at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Her films include Art in Exile, TIPA, of Friendship, Films and Swords and The Saint of Chitrakoot. Her television show Khata Rahe Mera Dil on Food Food was awarded as the Best Travel Show at the Indian Telly Awards.
  • 03:00 PM: SHAADI, SEX, AUR PARIVAAR | Aman Kaleem | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film looks at the institution of marriage through the perspective of brides from different socio-economic backgrounds. The characters reflect on love, body image, sexuality and identity as women, even as they define liberation for themselves. It documents their choices, expectations, aspirations and dilemmas, ways in which social expectations influence their freedom and how they navigate these complexities.

Aman is a filmmaker based in New Delhi. She is a Young India Fellow and a graduate from AJK MCRC, Jamia. This is her first independent documentary. Making films around women’s lives is her way of finding her own voice through collective narratives.
  • 03:50 PM: THE IDEAL MATCH | Siddharth Sawhney | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
A film on the idea of love, choice and honour. It follows the story of Gaurav, whose wife Monica remains missing after the Police forcefully sent her to her parent’s family. It traces back the events that took place - from the time that Gaurav chatted online with Monica for the first time, till he saw her for the last, before she disappeared.

Siddharth finished his post-graduation in filmmaking from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication. He is deeply interested in themes of conflict in everyday spaces. He has assisted on and co-edited a feature length documentary on the shadow puppetry tradition of Odisha and worked on various PSAs.
  • 05:20 PM: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE | Sandeep Kr. Singh and Aakriti Kohli | 26 min. |2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker/s
A story of people who have lived and loved, the Film explores queer love and relationships, togetherness, love, sexuality and illegality in India. It documents stories of individuals who turn an inward gaze and reflect on themselves, the community and the movement. Foregrounding their lives and work, it explores their negotiations with everyday realities.

Sandeep and Aakriti are alumni of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. They are trained in film and television production, and have worked together on varied video, animation and design projects. Sandeep is an independent filmmaker and works in collaboration with NGOs and institutions and has taught photography and filmmaking. Aakriti is a research scholar who also teaches journalism, media and culture studies at the University of Delhi.
  • 06:00 PM: HOLY MATRIMONY: DISCUSSION
Gautam Bhan, Senior Consultant at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, works on the politics of poverty, inequality and development in Indian cities with a focus on housing, social security, governance and urban and planning theory. He is an active part of urban social movements and a frequent columnist and writer in diverse media. He has been a Fellow at the Social Science Research Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, College of Environmental Design, Berkeley.

Karuna Nundy is a Supreme Court Advocate and international lawyer. Her focus areas include constitutional law, commercial litigation and arbitration, media law and legal policy. She is leading the litigation concerning the rights of the Bhopal Gas victims against the Government of India, State Government of Madhya Pradesh, the Union Carbide Corporation and the Dow Chemicals Corporation. She has contributed to the 2013 'anti rape laws', class actions on sexual harassment and was on the drafting committee for the Right to Food Bill. Her international human rights work has included advising the Maldives Attorney General's Office and working with the Chief Justice of the Maldives Supreme Court on legal reform. She has drafted contributions to the Nepal Interim Constitution's bill of rights - including on the rights of women; conducted a workshop on legislation with the Senate of Pakistan and advised the Government on Bhutan on its compliance with particular human rights treaties. She was been invited by the United Nations to advise on legal reform in 192 jurisdictions. Karuna is a member of the LCIA Young International Arbitrators' Group and of the New York State Bar Association

Madhu Purnima Kishwar is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Director of the Centre’s Indic Studies project. Her areas of work include 'Indic Studies project', which promotes a people-centric study of diverse cultures and faith traditions in the Indic universe; 'Laws, Liberty and Livelihoods', aimed at evolving a pro-poor agenda of economic reforms in India and strengthening the culture of 'Gender Justice' through a culturally-sensitive approach to strengthening women’s rights by remaining tuned to the context in which women of diverse communities, regions, castes, and class groups are situated. She is also the founder of Manushi-A Journal about Women and Society and Manushi Sangathan, an organization working for democratic reforms that promote greater social justice. She has authored a number of books.

Dr Mary E. John has been working in the fields of women’s studies and feminist politics for many years. She is currently Senior Fellow at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies of which she was previously Director from 2006-2012. She has also been Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Women’s Studies Programme at JNU, New Delhi. She writes extensively on these subjects and some of her most prominent books include A Question of Silence? The Sexual Economies of Modern India, Women’s Studies in India: A Reader and Planning Families, Planning Gender.
  • 07:00 PM: LET’S TWIST AGAIN | Sonata Dkhar | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker/s
The Film explores the unique and hybrid identity of the Anglo Indian and understands the future of the community in India through the lives and voices of some of its members. It touches upon a variety of notes – from the quirky and humourous, to the reminiscent and sombre.

Sonata graduated in Mass Communication from AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia.  In 2009-2010, she received the Panos South Asia grant for Climate Change reporting, to study the impact of coal mining in the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, during which time she co-directed the documentary, All Not Lost…the Pnar Story. Currently based in Shillong, she works with a production house she co-founded in 2011. 
 
21 SEPTEMBER, MONDAY
  • 10:00 AM: STORYTELLING IN A DOCUMENTARY: WORKSHOP BY ANUPAMA SRINIVASAN
    (FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS ONLY)
    REGISTRATIONS ARE FULL. THERE MAY BE SOME ON-THE-SPOT REGISTRATIONS ON THE DAY OF THE WORKSHOP.
In the making of a documentary, what does storytelling mean? What role does it play? The Workshop will delve into these questions, the emphasis being on the multiplicity of ways a story can be told. It argues that the way in which you tell a story directly affects the story itself and hence the way it is received by a viewer. Further, it discusses what it is that guides us to choose one way of storytelling over another. Taking examples from varied documentary forms, it foregrounds the role of editing and looks at the possibility of different stories as well as different ways of storytelling from the same material. It examines the political, aesthetic and ethical choices that are made during the editing process – from the structure of the film to the decision of when to cut a shot - and how these impact the unfolding of the story.

Anupama Srinivasan is a freelance filmmaker based in Delhi. She did her BA in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University where she also got an opportunity to take courses in Still Photography and Non-Fiction Filmmaking. She completed a three year course in Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She has been making documentaries and short films for over a decade, often shooting and editing her own films that have been screened at various national and international film festivals. Her interest in working with children led her to conducting filmmaking workshops with children and young people.
  • 02:00 PM:  BACKSTAGE BOYS: PUNJAB’S LABOUR GOES GLOBAL | Meera Dewan | 30 min. | 2002 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
An exploration of the trend of illegal immigration of youth from Punjab to Europe and North America in search of a better life.

Illuminating Oppression: Film  Festival on Human Rights, Syracuse
International Video Festival, Kerala
Men and Boys for Gender Justice Film Festival, New Delhi

Meera has extensively filmed documentaries in India, South Asia, Vietnam, Germany and Canada. Her films have won over 21 international and national awards, including at the International Film Festival of India; Festival de films du femmes, France; Oberhausen; Leipzig; Reina; Okomedia and Mumbai. She curates film programmes and has been on the juries of the Oberhausen, Leipzig, Okomedia, Freiberg, Indian Panorama and National Film Festivals.
  • 02:50 PM: VERTICAL CITY | Avijit Mukul Kishore | 34 min. | 2011 | REFOCUS
A visual essay on the architecture of a dystopia. In a far suburb of Bombay, residents from slums are moved into high-rise apartment complexes with the promise of a better life. While these complexes are built allegedly to house the poor, they have been seen as moves to free prime slum land for commercial development. Unable to provide for the social and economic needs of people, these complexes soon degenerate into spaces worse than the ones the slums they left behind. The Film lets the viewer experience the oppressive spaces and living conditions of places hidden away in a 21st century metropolis.

Best Short Film, London International Documentary Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Kerala
 John Abraham National Awards, SiGNS

Avijit is based in Mumbai and works as a cinematographer. Besides filmmaking, he has been involved in video-art installations and pedagogy and theatre groups - Music Theatre Workshop and Ruchika Theatre Group. He studied cinematography at Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
  • 03:30 PM: BADE TV WALA | Avadhoot Khanolkar | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
As movie theatres transition from analog to digital projection, an entire culture of cinema projection and distribution now faces extinction. Along with machines that will be replaced in this shift, the invisible hands of the projectionist will also disappear forever. This Film explores the life of Jagjeevanram Maru, an analog projectionist for over 40 years, taking us into the world of manual projection at a time when digital projectors are changing the face of cinema as we know it.

For Avadhoot, an alumnus of TISS's School for Media and Cultural Studies, cinema and the city has been a topic very close to his heart. In his film Bharatmata Ki Jai, he explored the story of a 75 year old cinema hall in Mumbai screening only Marathi films, which won the Best Script Award at the National Student Film Awards and the Silver Award at IDPA for the Best Student Non-Fiction Film. It was also screened at the RAI International Film Festival of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh, River to River International Film Festival, Florence, and VIBGYOR International Film Festival, Thrissur, among others.
  • 04:30 PM: MARDISTAN (MACHOLAND): REFLECTIONS ON INDIAN MANHOOD | Harjant Gill | 26 min. | 2014 | REFOCUS

Through the experiences of four men, Mardistan explores the notion of contemporary manhood in a rapidly globalising India. A middle-aged writer attempting to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed growing up in an elite military academy, a working class father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to have a son, a young college student searching for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, a middle-aged gay man deciding to come out to his wife after nearly 20 years of marriage, together make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today.

Award, Script Film Festival, Kochi
Seattle Film Festival
Men and Boys for Gender Justice Film Festival, New Delhi
Ethnografilm Festival, Paris
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
New York Film Festival
Film Festival of Stuttgart, Germany
International Film Festival of Prayag

Harjant
is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University. His academic research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in South Asia. He is also a documentary filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. His previous documentary with PSBT, Roots of Love, explored the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and has been telecast on BBC World News, BBC America, and Doordarshan. He is currently also the Co-Director of Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.

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  • 05:00 PM: MUST MEN ALWAYS BE ‘MEN’?: POPULAR CULTURE AND MASCULINITIES: DISCUSSION
Amandeep Sandhu studied English literature at the University of Hyderabad. His fiction Sepia Leaves with Rupa Publications, about a family living under the shadow of schizophrenia from a young boy’s point of view, during the Emergency in 1970s, is now considered a cult classic among students of psychology, mental health partners and caregivers in India. His second fiction, Roll of Honour, also with Rupa Publications is about the split loyalties of a Sikh boy in a military boarding school in Punjab during the Khalistan movement, based on the events of the year 1984. It was short listed for The Hindu Literary Award in 2013 and has been translated to critical acclaim into Punjabi, his mother tongue, as Gwah De Fanah Hon to Pehlan. Besides novels, he writes reviews and political commentaries in leading dailies and journals. He is currently working on a non-fiction book on Punjab.

Dr Radhika Chopra teaches at the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. In her work, she has addressed issues of gender and masculinity, with a focus on Punjab. She is the author of Militant and Migrant: The Politics and Social History of Punjab; recent essays include Ziddi Mundeh: Political Asylum, Transnational Movement and the Migrations of Men; Dependent Husbands: Reflections on Marginal Masculinities and 1984 - Disinterred Memories. Recent conference papers include Migrants, Nations and Sovereignty: What Komagata Maru tells us about Twentieth Century Immigrant Law; Bazaar Divinity: Street Spaces, Ritual Objects and Sacred Imagination: Amritsar Punjab and Is This Our 9/11 Moment? Young Men and Gender Violence in India. With PSBT, she has been curator the film-cum-discussion series Making Migrant: Dialogues through Film in and earlier School in Cinema. She is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Culture Society and Masculinities and has been Co-Chair, U.N. Expert Group on the Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality.

Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His publications include Constructing Postcolonial India: National Character and the Doon School; Asia: Cultural Politics in the Global Age (co-authored); Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes. Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia; Passionate Modernity, Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India; Sexuality Studies and Entangled Urbanism: Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon. He is currently working on a collection of essays on masculinities in India. He is also co-editor of the journal Contributions to Indian Sociology.
Akanksha Joshi is in the nature of wandering minstrels, a story-teller who uses film, sound, text and dance to share her experiences of the visible and inner worlds. She is also an award winning filmmaker and photographer. Her oeuvre stretches from stories of compassion, Gujarat 2002 - Passengers to spending four years on the banks of the Chilika. Another few roaming the forests, the deltas and the arid lands for her most recent award winning work - Earth Witness. She is the recipient of many awards for cinematography and direction and a nomination for the Wild Screen Awards at Bristol. She continues to be a one woman film company who films, edits, scripts and directs herself.
  • 06:30 PM: MOONSTRUCK: INDIA’S PLACE IN THE RACE FOR SPACE | Sujata Kulshreshtha | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Team Indus is India’s only entry for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost technology for space exploration.  To win, a privately funded team must land a robotic spacecraft on the moon, navigate 500 meters over its surface, and send back high-definition images, before 31st December 2016. The Film captures the challenges of the Indian mission while telling the story of a new generation that has the courage and gumption to compete with the best and brightest of the world.

Sujata is the founder-director of Wide Angle Films and has been producing and directing films for the last 25 years. She has worked for broadcasters like NDTV, TV Today Networks, History TV-18 and Discovery Networks and has won several international awards. Sujata has also been doing graphics for television, kick-started by a stint with NDTV, designing graphics for their flagship show The World this Week.  Along with her team, she undertakes the complete on-air graphic packaging for channels in India and abroad.
  • 07:15 PM:  JAI HO | Umesh Aggarwal | 85 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
Allah-Rakha Rahman has the honour of single-handedly catapulting Indian Film Music on to the world stage. Considered one of the world's most influential people by Time Magazine, his prolific body of work, over 120 film scores worldwide in a career spanning two decades, makes him one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists. The Film explores the evolution of his style of music - a fusion of Eastern sensibilities and Western technology. Through various turning points in his life and significant milestones, the Film celebrates an Indian icon who is no less than a global phenomenon.

Busan International Film Festival, Korea
Tokyo International Film Festival
Film Festival of Los Angeles
Houston Film Festival
Imagineindia, International Film Festival, Madrid
Film Festival of Stuttgart, Germany
Film Festival of Melbourne

Umesh has been producing and directing television shows and documentary films for almost twenty years. His show Kiran – Joy of Giving, on Doordarshan, has won the Indian Telly Award a record five times and the Indian Television Academy Award twice. His films have been screened and awarded at various national and international film festivals. His film on pesticides in bottled water and soft drinks, The Whistle Blowers, for PSBT, won the National Award for Best Investigative Film. More recently, Brokering News, his film on paid news, also for PSBT, was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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  • 10:00 AM: SHIFTING UNDERCURRENTS | Rita Banerji | 20 min. | 2012
The 5000-odd women who free-dive to collect seaweed in the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park find themselves struggling for their livelihood as their activities have been greatly curtailed. Their efforts to self-regulate their activities to minimise the impact on corals have not been recognised or supported, and they are still treated as ‘thieves’.  The Film sheds light on the shifting undercurrents of the women's efforts to gain respect for their profession.

Rita heads Dusty Foot Productions, based in New Delhi, which focuses on wild life and environment films. Her film The Wild Meat Trail won the prestigious Panda Award, known as the Green Oscar, at Wildscreen. Under Dusty Foot, Rita has expanded the work to outreach-education in the field of environment.
  • 10:40 AM: NO PROBLEM: 6 MONTHS WITH THE BAREFOOT GRANDMAMAS | Yasmin Kidwai | 57 min. | 2012
The Film is about the rural solar electrification project run by the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, where numerous illiterate rural women from all over the world are trained as solar engineers. The Film follows the story of some African women as they leave their countries for the first time and live and learn together. Through their stories, emerges a fascinating tale of sustainability, demystification of technology and social inclusion.

Yasmin’s work in documentary filmmaking has been widely acclaimed. Besides creating attractive award winning tourism and development related film packages for various states, she has a considerable repertoire of credits as a producer in the Indian television industry.
  • 12:00 PM: TIGER DYNASTY | S. Nallamuthu | 58 min. | 2011
A young tigress called Baghani is taken from her home in Ranthambore National Park and released in the unknown territory of Sariska National Park where all 24 tigers were killed by poachers. Baghani is not alone at Sariska. Rajore; a hot blooded young male tiger; is released into the park with her. They will face many obstacles if they are to survive and make Sariska their home. For two years, the camera follows every aspect of their lives trying to capture the success or failure of the first scientific translocation of tigers.

Nallamuthu is a freelance cinematographer, director and producer. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has had the pleasure and privilege of working with some of the industry's best directors and networks including the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic, among others. Nalla dedicated five years of his life filming in India's forests, transalating into two international documentaries, which he has produced, filmed and directed. His work has won him many national and international awards including the prestigious National Film Award.
  • 02:30 PM: CHILIKA BANK$ – STORIES FROM INDIA’S LARGEST COASTAL LAKE - 1970-2007 | Akanksha Joshi | 60 min. | 2008 | REFOCUS
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
In a canvas spread over four decades, a banyan tree, on the banks of the lake Chilika, silently whispers tales of the lake and her fisher folk. From the times when there was no export bazaar to the time when there may be no lake.

Rodos EcoFilms International Festival, Greece
Film South Asia, Kathmandu
CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wild life Film Festival, New Delhi
Jeevika: South Asia Livelihood Documentary Film Festival, New Delhi
Fishing for the Future Film Festival, Newfoundland, Canada
International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala
Samsung Women’s International Film Festival, Chennai

Akanksha is in the nature of wandering minstrels, a story-teller who uses film, sound, text and dance to share her experiences of the visible and inner worlds. She is also an award winning filmmaker and photographer. Her oeuvre stretches from stories of compassion, Gujarat 2002 - Passengers to spending four years on the banks of the Chilika. Another few roaming the forests, the deltas and the arid lands for Earth Witness. She is the recipient of many awards for cinematography and direction and a nomination for the Wild Screen Awards at Bristol. She continues to be a one woman film company who films, edits, scripts and directs herself.
  • 03:50 PM: THE MAN WHO DWARFED THE MOUNTAINS | Ruchi Shrivastava and Sumit Khanna |52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker/s
Seldom do a man’s deeds loom so large that they dwarf the very mountains from where they emanate. One such person is Chandi Prasad Bhatt, who has strong claims to being the first modern Indian environmentalist, and arguably also its greatest. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement, not just a fight for protecting forests and environment, but a struggle for protecting and renewing livelihoods. The Film seeks to decipher the life, the motivation and work of a man who silently changed the paradigm of environment activism in India and has been described by Ramchandra Guha as one of the finest Indians alive today.

Ruchi started as a journalist and moved to general entertainment in television. She has worked on multiple non-fiction formats for over a decade and has now created a niche for herself in Food Media. Having created content for MasterChef India for past four years, she has just launched Greed Goddess Media. She runs a small campaign called Light a Smile which bridges the gap between food and the needy.

Sumit started his career working as an assistant to directors Aziz Mirza, Saeed Mirza and Meghna Gulzar on various feature films and documentaries. He made his first independent documentary, for PSBT, on the lives of assistant directors in the Mumbai film industry. Since then, he has made numerous documentaries, corporate films and promos for feature films. He was associate producer on the acclaimed film Parzania. His film Mere Desh ki Dharti won the National Award for the Best Investigative Film. His latest work, A Movement, A World, A Cinema - the Indian New Wave, will be screened at the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.
  • 05:15 PM: EARTH STORIES
Anupam Mishra has been associated with the Gandhi Peace Foundation in Delhi in varying capacities since 1969. He has been promoting the use of indigenous knowledge to solve the water problem via preservation, maintenance and regeneration of ponds, water management and rain water harvesting. Working with Chandi Prasad Bhatt, he was one of the early chroniclers of the Chipko movement that flourished through the 1970s in Uttarakhand. He is the author of several books including Chipko Movement: Uttarakhand Women's Bid to Save Forest Wealth and Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab on traditional pond and water management, which has been translated into 19 languages. He was awarded the 1996 Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar Award by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Amar Shaheed Chandrasekhar Azad National Award, 2007-08, by the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2011. Shri Mishra is a well-known speaker and commentator on environmental issues.

Usha Ramanathan
is an independent law researcher and works on the jurisprudence of law, poverty and rights. For some years, between 1985 and 1992, she reported for a law journal from the Supreme Court, giving her a ringside view of the judicial process. In 2000, she wrote a report, Human Rights Mapping in India, a study across ten states that attempted to see what were being identified as human rights issues, the responses of the state and of the human rights community and the conflict of rights. Her focus, through the years, have been on issues of land acquisition and mass displacement, corporate accountability especially as is reflected in the Bhopal Gas Disaster, demolition of the dwellings of the urban poor, death penalty and the more general field of civil liberties. In the past years, she has worked critically on, and become a strong votary against, the UID project.
  • 6:15 PM: THE NEST | Sange Dorjee Thongdok | 26 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker
The Film is about Yeshi and Dema, who run Tashi Delek – a small eatery – at the mouth of the Sela pass, at an altitude of 14000 feet, more often than not, being the only sign of human habitation.

Sange belongs to the Sherdukpen tribe from Arunachal Pradesh. He is the first person from his state to pass out of a film school, the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. His film Crossing Bridges was the first feature film based on his own people and received a State Award. His other films include Pratyabartan and Evening Café.
  • 07:10 PM: BAHURUPIYA | Sidharth Srinivasan | 52 min. | 2015
Followed by Q&A with Filmmaker

Bahurupiya is an exploration of the lives of two folk performers, whose fading, inherited profession involves ‘wearing many faces’. Kishan Bahurupiya is a low-caste Punjabi Hindu who transforms into a monkey, while Abdul Hamid is a Muslim Bhand from Rajasthan who assumes the mythical role of the Hindu demon king Ravana so completely that it has become second nature to him. Despite hailing from very diverse contexts, the two Bahurupiyas share in common the love and life of being entertainers.

Sidharth graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and went on to assist the renowned filmmaker Kumar Shahani on his docu-feature, Bamboo Flute. He has made documentaries for UNESCO, served on the NETPAC jury at various festivals including Pacific Meridian, Berlin, Tallinn Black Knights and Dhaka.  His latest feature, Pairon Talle, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was one of Artistic Director Cameron Bailey’s ‘Daily Picks’.

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