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Yaadein-Kaifi Azmi

Director: Amita Talwar. Documentary. Urdu/English with English sub-titles. 57 mins. 1999.

27th January 2019

Time: 15.00 pm – 16.00 pm

“Yaadein-Kaifi Azmi” is a feature documentary commissioned and telecast by Doordarshan in 1999. It traces the earlier struggle of this leftist activist who was an active member of the Progressive Writers’ Movement. Fired with idealism, Kaifi Azmi moved to Bombay from a tiny nondescript village Mijhwan in Azamgarh District in U.P. and eked out an existence doing odd jobs. This is a simple portrayal of an earthy man, documenting his initial struggle in the film industry, his ideologies, the highs and lows of his life and career, his contribution to his village and the legacy he left behind.

Shabana Azmi & Amita Talwar interact with the audience.

Livres en vie” (‘Books alive’)  

Director: Godès Jean Marc . Silent movie . 20 mins . 2017
27th January 2019
Time: 14.30 pm – 14.50 pm

Synopsis: Meetings takes place between men, women, children and animals, run-of-
river, from the mountains to the sea. The nature, the reality, the unreal, poetry and
music are the material and the texture of this tribute to reading and life.

Operation Red Sea – Chinese film with English sub-titles
Director: Dante Lam . Drama. 2 hrs 23 minutes. 2018.

27th January 2019

Time: 11.00 am – 13.15 pm

Operation Red Sea (Chinese: 红海行动) is a 2018 Chinese action war film directed by Dante Lam and starring Zhang Yi, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing, Du Jiang and Prince Mak. The film is loosely based on the evacuation of the 225 foreign nationals and almost 600 Chinese citizens from Yemen’s southern port of Aden during late March in 2015 Yemeni Civil War. The film is in similar style to that of Operation Mekong.

This film is said to be “China’s first modern naval film”. The film has grossed USD$579 million, making it currently the second-highest-grossing ever in China. It was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Zheng Lei to Introduce the Movie.

Xuan Zang – Chinese film with English sub-titles
Director:Huo Jianqi
 . Historical Adventure Film . 1 hr 55 minutes . 2016

25th January 2018

Time: 14.30 pm – 16.30 pm

Xuanzang or Xuan Zang is a 2016 Chinese-Indian historical adventure film based on Xuanzang’s seventeen-year overland journey to India during the Tang dynasty in the seventh century. The film is directed by Huo Jianqi and produced by Wong Kar-wai. It stars Huang Xiaoming, Kent Tong, Purba Rgyal, and Tan Kai. It was released in China and India on 29 April 2016, with distribution in China by China Film Group Corporation. It was selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Zheng Lei to Introduce the Movie.

Dhaad – Gujarati (Kutcchi) Film with English subtitles
Director: Paresh Naik. 
Drama. 2 hrs 15 min. 2018 

26th January 2019

Time: 14.00 pm – 16.15 pm

Directed by Paresh Naik, the film is based on a short story located in the interior rural landscape of Kutch, on the western borders of Gujarat (India). It is the story of an impotent man (Ghelo) in search of a child for himself, and water for his land. His three wives: Monghi (Nandita Das), Dhanbai (Sujata Mehta), and Ratni (Sameera Avasthi) fail to deliver a child as the rains fail to soak the dry, arid terrain of the rocky land of the Rann of Kutch.

The story is narrated from the viewpoints of Ghelo’s friends: Pranjivan (Sandip Kulkarni) and Jussab (Raghuvir Yadav). Pranjivan is an educated unemployed whereas Jussab is Ghelo’s chief associate in dacoity. The raid (Dhaad) over a landlord, where he is challenged by the pregnant daughter in law of the landlord and the changes thereafter form the crux of the film.

Director Paresh Naik will be in conversation with Uma Magal.

7 Lives
Director: Runjiv J Kapure . 30 minutes . 2018

26th January 2019

Time: 11.00 am – 11.30 am

2018, Social cause – organ donation

When a tragic shooting incident leaves a young woman brain dead, her parents grapple with the heart breaking decision of donating her organs and the crushing force of a community’s regressive mindset.

This turns out to be a challenge for all concerned due to the legal issues involved. But everyone–including doctors, hospital staff and the police–is determined to work around the problems and see the organ donation go through.

Just when it seems like Shreya’s tragic death may not have been in vain, a bunch of self-appointed community leaders put up the final hurdle. Their regressive mindset proves to be as lethal as the assailant’s gunshots had been for Shreya.

Director Runjiv Kapur & Script Writer Adite Banerjie in conversation with the audience.

Bhavni Bhavai – Gujarati Film with English subtitles
Director: Ketan Mehta . Dance drama . 2 hrs 35 minutes .

25th January 2019

Time: 11.30 am – 13.45 pm

Bhavni Bhavai (Gujarati: ભવની ભવાઈ; The Tale of the Life) is a 1980 Gujarati film directed by Ketan Mehta, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Smita Patil, Mohan Gokhale, Benjamin Gilani. It tells the story of untouchability through folklore and Bhavai.

Bhavni Bhavai was Ketan Mehta’s debut film and received a critical acclaim. Mehta won the prestigious Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, while Meera Lakhia won National Film Award for Best Production Design at the 28th National Film Awards. The film was selected for a festival at the Museum of Modern Art and received UNESCO Club Human Rights award at the Three Continents Festival.

Ketan Mehta filmed Bhavni Bhavai with distancing effect and the use of comic characters. Hence, the film is dedicated to Bertolt Brecht and Goscinny, the creator of Astérix. It is also dedicated to the inventor of the Bhavai, Asaita Thakar, who was a Brahmin outcast and lived among the lower caste communities. The Bhavai evolved into one of India’s most energetic folk music and dance-dramas. The final sequence of the stepwell and sacrifice was filmed at World Heritage Site, Rani ki vav in Patan, Gujarat

Shanghai Dry
Dir: Sarah Li .
 Documentary . 25 mins . 2017

26th January 2019

Time: 11.40 am – 12.10 pm

Shanghai Dry is an ethnographical look into a small dry cleaning business in Secunderabad, India. This small shop in India is a hub for characters from all walks of life and provides a fascinating look into a part of modern day Indian society.

Film Maker Sarah Li will interact with the audience.

“Hyderabad – City of Rocks”   
12 mins. 2018. Documentary. 

27th January 2018

Time: 13.15 pm – 13.30 pm

This film captures the 2,500 million year old balancing rock formations of Hyderabad in stunning visuals and retells the story of the importance of preservation of this gift of Nature to the city. Residents and visitors, scientists and adventure buffs of Hyderabad tell us their own take on the granites of the city. The director, Saravana Kumar Salem, is a filmmaker of mainly wildlife films who has created documentaries for BBC, NatGeo, Animal Planet and Discovery, amongst others. He is based in Chennai. This foray of his into the stony world of our granite hills has, so he says, been a most rewarding and exciting experience for one who would usually be concerned with the living nature around us.

Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Artist and Her Art  
Director: Yadavan Chandran. Documentary. 50 mins. 2012
26th January 2019
Time:12.15 pm – 13.05 pm

‘Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Artist and Her Art’ traces the trajectory of the choreographer’s journey from being steeped in the classical Bharatanatyam and Kathakali to using these forms to talk about issues that concerned her and the world around her.