TRAVELLING FILM SOUTH ASIA 2002
SOUTH ASIAN DOCUMENTARY FILM
California College of Arts
jan 26th & 27th, feb 2nd & 3rd
Francisco Campus 1/26 - 1/27
Oakland Campus 2/2 - 2/3
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LIST OF TRAVELLING
All films are in English or subtitled in
The Bee, the Bear and the Kuruba
Forcible eviction of the
the forests of Nagarahole and Kakanakote in the Western
Ghats started in
the early 70s. Today these forest dwellers have nowhere to
go, and they find
it hard to adapt to the new recommended way of life. They
trespassers on their own lands. Vinod Raja, 2000, 63 min,
Between the Devil and the Deep
Manmade floods have devastated
North Bihar. The
embankments on the Kosi river represent a development model
the lives of millions, and yet it is a failed model that no
one is willing to
abandon. Arvind Sinha, 1999, 65 min, Bihar
Born at Home
Born at Home observes indigenous birth practices in parts
India. Poised between social reality and the eternal mystery of
the film presents an intricate delineation of the figure of
the dai (midwife)
who is almost always a low-caste, poor woman.
Sameera Jain, 2000, 60
min, North India
Structured around the narratives of four
Colours Black seeks to break the silence around the sexual abuse
children -- in this case among Bombay's well-to-do.
2001, 30 min, Bombay
Jari Mari: Of Cloth and
The narrow lanes of the Jari Mari slum in
hundreds of sweatshops where people have no right
organise. The film records the changes in the nature and organisation
Bombay's workforce over the past two decades.
Winner of Third Best
Film Award at FSA '01.
Surabhi Sharma, 2001, 74 min,
With footage shot in the Nepali Maoist
districts of Rukum, Rolpa and Jajarkot, the film attempts to
causes underlying the rise of the Maobaadi, the role of the
state, and the
devastating impact on the lives of the hill people.
Dhruba Basnet, 2001, 40 min, Nepal.
King for a Day
When Bill Clinton agreed to visit Bangladesh in March
Bangladesh government began the biggest clean-up operation of
1971. This is a diary of a cynical journalist assigned to
discover what the
man-on-the-street thinks of the hoopla.
Alex Gabbay, 2001, 33 min,
How many fantasies does
a man have in his lifetime
about sexual union? How often do his dreams
substitute the act itself? And
where exactly does love fit into the scheme?
The film tries to answer these
questions and show manhood in a new light.
Winner of Jury's Special Mention at FSA '01.
Amar Kanwar, 2001, 30
Loom is the story of a poet, a painter and a city. The
poet is Narayan Surve,
the painter Sudhir Patwardhan and the city Bombay --
both of them part of a
left cultural movement in the city.
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar,
2001, 49 min, Bombay
My Migrant Soul
"If I live, I'll write the history of my travels
Malaysia...I'll write a poem about it," said Shahjahan Babu, before
Bangladesh as a migrant worker. Shahjahan's posthumous account, in
of audiotapes, are a record of one man's hopes, disillusions and
Winner of the Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film at FSA '01.
Yasmine Kabir, 2000, 35 min, Bangladesh.
these confusing times, boys from a pop group and a young
artist from the
newly emerging upper middle class of Dhaka open up about
obligations, women and desire, confusion and contradictions.
Hassin, 2000, 42 min, Bangladesh
Ramlila the spectacle is one thing for the audience and
another for the performers, the filmmakers discover as they turn
camera on streetside Delhi. The documentary captures the
behind-the-scenes discussons of those who would play Ram and
Ananth Sridhar, Sanjay Pande, Subash Kapoor, 2000, 28 min,
A Rough Cut on the Life and Times of
He has fought in the Bangladesh war, jumped
as a paratrooper, and married
five times. At age of 58, Lachuman still eyes
the opposite sex, charming them,
cajoling them. But his life seems to have
come full circle for this cleaner at a tourist
lodge in Nepal's western
Tarai. Winner of Second Best Film Award at FSA '01.
Dinesh Deokota, 2001,
39 min, Nepal.
A Sun Sets In
Documented through interviews, audio tapes and
religious intolerance in Pakistan comes alive in this film. This is
sketch of Bishop John Joseph, who laid down his life in 1999 to
tell the world of the plight of religious minorities in his
Shahid Nadeem, 1999, 45 min,
We Homes Chap
centennial celebration of Dr. Graham's Homes in
Kalimpong offers some old
girls and boys a chance to revisit the site of
their childhood and
adolescence. Even as the film courses through layers of
sentiment, there is a
gradual unfolding of real childhoods, a testimony to
Kesang Tseten, 2001, 65 min, North
Kathmandu Silent Night was a
of 22 short films shown at FSA '01. The intention
was to spark creativity by
handicapping filmmakers by disallowing the use of
ambient sound. These five
'goongi films' presented in TFSA indicate how
successful the exercise was.
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