Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Filmmaking Workshops: Regn Open for 2014:

Our filmmaking programmes and workshops for the year 2014 have been launched.
Registrations are now open for the first programme, which starts soon.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Workshop Films: Awards and Festivals

Films made by our participants have been doing well in the festival and the student film circuit. Here are some films of note:

PRICELESS (2010, short fiction)
A street child’s blind date with high society.
Invited to:
Un Nuite Trop Courte, Grenoble 2012, France
Golden Anteaters 2012, Lublin, Poland

Antalya Lemon Short Film Days, Turkey 2011
Cinema of Resistance 2011: Patna and eight cities across India
Guwahati International Short Film Festival 2011
from the shoot of "Priceless"

ALL THAT GLITTERS (2012, short fiction)
A little girl's obsession with her father's glittering pen transforms her day. 
Winner of the Best Direction, Best Film and Best Actress award at the student films cometition at NSIT, Delhi University. March 2013.

BEST FOOT FORWARD (2012, short fiction)
An ordinary day in a shoeshine boy's life turns poignant, as desire collodes with destiny.
Invited to:
SIGNS 2013, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala

MERI PEHCHAAN (2010, short docu)
Explores the hopes, pain and longings of people of the transgender and MSM (men who have sex with men) community.
Screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2011
Screened at the Kashish Queer Film Festival, Mumbai 2012 

from the shooting of Meri Pehchaan

In 2011, a set of 10 films from our workshops were shown in Mumbai at screenings organised by Katha and the India Foundation for Arts (IFA). Read more here.

KAASH: (2010, short fiction)
A boy wants an ice-cream but cannot have it, until a chance opportunity presents itself. Will he take it?
In competition at the Short and Documentary Film Festival of Hyderabad 2010.
Screened at the 6th ViBGYOR Intl. Film Festival Thrissur 2011,

RASIYA (short fiction, 2009)
Rasiya looks at 3 minutes from the life of a sex worker, her relationship with her "lovers", and her relationship with money.
Critical Acclaim award at Contre Jour 2010, SSCBS Delhi University.
Cinemela, Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 2009
India International Youth Film Festival, Feb 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (2009, short fiction)
A little boy makes a greeting card... his simple act raises an important question - what happens to old people in our society?
First prize at "Contre Jour", the annual film festival of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi, Feb 2010.
Screenings at Cinemela, Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 2009
India International Youth Film Festival, Feb 2010
THE VOID (2009, short fiction)

A boy on the cusp of childhood and teenage copes with a troubled home life, frustrated parents, and the cold silences of a loveless home.
Second prize at "Contre Jour", the annual film festival of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi, Feb 2010
Screenings: Cinemela, Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 2009
India International Youth Film Festival, Feb 2010
St. Stephens, University of Delhi, Feb 2010

CHOCOLATE (2009, short fiction)
What happens when a little boy is rewarded a chocolate for his honesty? A comic look at the tragic state of relations between parents and children.
Cinemela, Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 2009
India International Youth Film Festival, Feb 2010
JournoJunction, Kamla Nehru College, September 2009. Delhi
Crescendo 2010, S S C B S, February 2010, Delhi

THE FACTORY (2009, short fiction)
A little girl learns to draw. Or does she? A critical look at our "education" system.
Cinemela, Jawaharlal Nehru University, September 2009
India International Youth Film Festival, Feb 2010

TARAV: TO RETURN (2007, short docu)
A Kashmiri Pandit woman lives in Delhi with her family. The film is an expression of her longing and of her dream to return to a home that now exists only in her memories.
Winner of the 2nd Prize at the Amity Engineering Short Film Festival
IN COMPANY OF FRIENDS (2008, short docu)
A film on the Friendicoes animal shelter in Delhi. A "must-watch" for all animal lovers.
MILLION MUTINIES(2008-09, short docu)
How does democracy work in a country of a billion? And what does "protest" involve? Slogans, dharnas, marches... or an endless, demoralising wait on dusty footpaths, seeking justice that may never come?

6 AM (2008, short docu)
A man wakes up and goes for a morning walk. Or does he? and is he still alive? A short fiction film.
ASHA (2008, short docu)

A little girl loves to dance - as many little girls do. A film on childhood.
GHEVRA (2008, short docu)
Somewhere on the margins of the big city, a man who leads a cushy life makes a momentary contact with a man who lives on the street. But are their lives "connected"? A film on urban living and "India Shining".
UMANGEIN (2007,  short docu)
At Kutumb, exposure, education and the 'space' to explore helps under-privileged children carve out a better future for themselves.
BASANTI (2006, short docu)
A cleaning-woman makes her own choices and lives her life as she sees fit; in the process questioning notions of status, class, education and gender.
RANG (2004, short docu)
Shot at the dargah of hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Rang is a portrait of faith at a shrine that has long stood for India's syncretic traditions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Starving to live, not die

When the Supreme Court has recognised the right to go on hunger strike, why is Irom Sharmila’s protest against impunity of the armed forces a criminal act?

reposted from The Hindu.
Read the rest here:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Workshop Film Wins Three Awards

Our workshop production, All That Glitters won three awards at the student film competition at NSIT, Delhi University. Made by the batch of 2012, All That Gliiters won the awards for Best Direction, Best Film, and Best Actress. A big shout out to the whole team, the actors and everyone who supported this film.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Workshop Film showing at SIGNS Kerala

Our workshop film, Best Foot Forward will be screening at the SIGNS film festival 2013, in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. Signs is a pioneering film festival for short fiction and documentaries and its an honour for our student film to be screened there. Congratulations to the team, the actors and everyone who supported them!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

IROM SHARMILA: Interview by Kavita Joshi

UPDATE: This article was published in 2006. Irom Sharmila's hunger fast against the AFSPA has now continued over ten years.  

Young, stoic and dogged, Irom Sharmila has been on a fast-unto-death since November, 2000. She wants the repressive Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act repealed. The Act gives draconian powers to the security forces and has repeatedly been used with brazen brutality in the Northeast. For five years, she has been imprisoned and force-fed by the State for her ‘crime’. Filmmaker Kavita Joshi spoke to her in the hospital room in Imphal, her prison

An eye: piercing, intent. A nose, covered by a swatch of medical tape, as a yellow tube forces its way in. Lips, stretched tight as if in pain. A woman sits against a bare wall, huddled under a blanket, tightly hugging herself. This is my first impression of Irom Sharmila as I walk to her hospital bed. She is incarcerated at the security ward of JN Hospital in Imphal, Manipur, in custody of the Central Jail, Sajiwa. It takes her immense effort to speak, but she tries her best. “How can I explain? This is not a punishment. It is my bounden duty at my best level.”

Irom Sharmila has not eaten for over five years now. For this, she has been locked up in jail by the government under very dubious charges and is being forcibly nose fed. Since November 2000, Sharmila has been on a fast-unto-death, demanding the removal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 (AFSPA).

Read the rest of the article and interview on Tehelka here