Drawing from the popular short story ‘Sultana’s Dream’ written in 1905 by Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossein, Sultana’s Reality takes a trip into history to explore the relationship between women and books in India. Following an Alice in Wonderland style adventure the story is stitched together with accounts of different women – who would rather nap than read, who were stoned in the streets for wearing shoes and carrying umbrellas, who read forbidden texts in secret at night, who read and then challenged the very ideas they read… and those who went on to write books – telling their story in their own words.
“Symptoms of Dissentery” explores the paranoia of a poet in the current world she inhabits – that which is (almost) NIL of any ‘freedom of speech’; the eventual gagging she feels in her heart’s throat and her newfound love for the disease that has caught her mid-rhyme. Priyal is a Goa-based poet & artist who identifies herself as a multiverse gypsy clown. She explores and interprets Anthropological Storytelling through writing, visual arts & handicrafts.
Apart from its European producers and a couple of technical staffers from France, Juze is a local production with Goan actors and crew and completed with the help of villagers — an achievement of sorts given the stark storyline at hand. In this presentation from ‘Juze’ team, we will hear their stories, their inspirations and the future of cinema as they would love to see. They will show us the background stills, clips of the film and talk about their struggle.
The Novel follows Charlie trip where he has to leave Goa in the offseason (June) and go for a few months to Nubra Valley (Himalayas) to make some money. As Charlie leaves Goa with his brother James (who’s trying other options and has an interview for a job on the cruise liner in Bombay). Their plan is to reach Bombay in the morning where James will go for his interview and then the same day, they have to catch a train to Jammu & Kashmir. But life as we know never goes according to our plans, the same happens in the novel.
Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice is the latest documentary by the renowned activist and film maker KP Sasi, based on gruesome anti-Christian riots that took place in Kandhamal, Odisha. This documentary raises some burning questions about the social reality of the present times, the naked reality of the oppression that the Adivasis, Dalits and converted Christians face in Kandhamal district of Odisha. The message of this documentary should help open the eyes of all democratic and progressive forces to this social reality.
Starring Tanmay Dhanania, Trimala Adhikari and Satarupa Das, Q’s ‘Garbage’ saw its World Premiere at the Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival, 2018, and its US Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, 2018. It is now lined up for its Asian Premiere at the Bucheon International Film Festival, South Korea, and a screening at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Sick of academia after a masters degree in biochemistry David Desouza volunteered to work in tribal Maharashtra for a year living off the grid when it was not fashionable. A second hand camera bought after 9 months of gestational haggle and the experience of questioning everything learnt hitherto drew him more towards De-schooling.