This summer of 2016, Sameer Thakur was invited to share sounds of his Morchung in Yakutsk, Russia at, convincingly, the world’s largest festival celebrating the traditions of the mouth harp.
Ruchir Arun is a graduate from Film and Television Institute of India. He works as a freelancer filmmaker in Bombay. His Diploma film Mandrake! Mandrake!, won the national award for the best short fiction film in the year 2014. His 2nd short film 5 o’ clock accidents got a Special Jury Mention at the National Awards, 2015. These films along with others have been showcased in various film festivals across the world.
The film tries to piece together fractured memories of a village that was submerged by the Salaulim Dam over three decades ago, but which resurfaces annually for a few weeks during the summer – allowing its prior inhabitants to return to perform rituals, visit the graves of their ancestors, have picnics in the ruins of their homes, and remember what is lost.
Rajat Nagpal will screen his films along with inspiring shorts of Bert Haanstra.
He said, “It’s said that in the beginning was the word, but for me the beginning is always an image. When I think about a conversation, it always starts with images. And what I love about photography is the inscription of a single moment: it’s completely ephemeral. You take the photograph, and one second later, everything has changed.”
Jayesh Akhargekar, to capture shades of human emotions through cinema joined Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute – SRFTI, Kolkata, Kolkata completing post graduation in Cinema (Direction & Screenplay Writing) at the institute in 2015 and Documentary direction from VGIK, Russian State University of Cinematography, Moscow. He is currently working on independent feature film & experimental documentaries based in Goa. He has participated and won accolades in film festivals globally.