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18:00 Ankhon Dekhi (Through My Own Eyes) Rajat Kapoor | 2013 | 107min | India
18:30 Ankhon Dekhi (Through My Own Eyes) Rajat Kapoor | 2013 | 107min | India

Ankhon Dekhi

Director: Rajat Kapoor
India | Hindi
2013 | 107min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 30 October, 18:00

*Followed by filmmaker Q&A

Bauji is a 55 years old man, who lives a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi. He lives in a joint family that shares a small house cramped with people and drama. One day, Bauji decides that he has been blind all his life- following other people’s truth. He decides that from now on, he would not believe anything that he has not experienced. His truth will be the truth of his own experience. He would only believe what he sees with his own eyes, nothing else can be certain. There are a quite a few challenges on his onward journey, but Bauji never loses sight of what is before his eyes.

Ankhon Dekhi

Director: Rajat Kapoor
India | Hindi
2013 | 107min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 30 October, 18:30

*Filmmaker Attending

Bauji is a 55 years old man, who lives a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi. He lives in a joint family that shares a small house cramped with people and drama. One day, Bauji decides that he has been blind all his life- following other people’s truth. He decides that from now on, he would not believe anything that he has not experienced. His truth will be the truth of his own experience. He would only believe what he sees with his own eyes, nothing else can be certain. There are a quite a few challenges on his onward journey, but Bauji never loses sight of what is before his eyes.

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11:00 Nirnay (Decision) Pushpa Rawat | 2012 | 56min | India
13:00 Killa Avinash Arun | 2012 | 105min | India
17.30 The Beekeeper Mano Khalil | 2013 | 107min | Switzerland
15:15 Remote Control Byamba Sakhya | 2013 | 90min | Mangolia,Germany,USA
20:00 Sunrise Partho Sen-Gupta | 2014 | 85min | India, France | Marathi
11:00 A World Not Ours Mahdi Flefel | 2012 | 93min | Palestine, Lebanon,UAE
13:00 To Singapore, with Love Tan Pin Pin | 2013 | 68min | Singapore
17:00 Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch | 2013 | 123min | UK,Germany,Greece
19:30 Cambodian Son Masahiro Sugano | 2014 | 90min | Cambodia,USA,France,UK

To Singapore, with Love

Director: Tan Pin Pin
Singapore | English, Mandarin, Malay, Hainanese
2013 | 68min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 31 October, 13:00

Director Tan Pin Pin searches the world for the displaced souls of Singapore: different generations of Singaporean political exiles who have not been able to come home. She finds out how they have lived their lives away and how they still view the Singapore of their dreams. As they recount their lives, we see a City that could have been. A love letter to Singapore, from the outside.

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Subtitles: English

TIPA | 02 November, 16:00

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Killa

Director: Avinash Arun
India | Marathi
2014 | 105min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 31 October, 13:00

Coping with the recent death of his father, Chinu, 11- year old boy moves to a small Konkan town from a big city because of his mother’s job transfer. He finds it difficult to adjust to the new place and finds himself alienated and reluctant to open up to its people. Both Chinu and his mother grapple with their own individual struggles and anxieties in the new town. In the process, they emerge with newer experiences and as newer people, both healed and enriched.

VENTURING OFF THE MAINSTREAM

90min

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 31 October, 15:00

A Panel Discussion with Hansal Mehta, Rajat Kapoor, Q and Umesh Kulkarni. Moderated by Aseem Chhabra. The last few years have been an exciting period for independent filmmaking in India. Unexpected hits like The Lunchbox have demonstrated the existence of a more discerning audience, willing to take a chance with non-mainstream movies. Even as a new generation of filmmakers, armed with Canon 5Ds and Final Cut Pros, are boldly breaking new ground with more experimental and purist low budget films, others are attempting to bridge that elusive gap between auteur-driven cinema and commercial feasibility. Is this the dawn of a brave new world of Indian filmmaking? Or will the compulsions of mainstream cinema overwhelm and suffocate this new wave just as it has in the past? Our panel includes an intriguing mix of filmmakers, spanning generations, styles and approaches. But they share one thing in common: a deeply personal stamp that immediately marks their films out of the ordinary.

Remote Control

Director: Byamba Sakhya
Mongolia, Germany, USA | Mongolian
2013 | 90min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 31 October, 15:15

*Filmmaker Attending

Tsogoo, a rural teenage growing up in a loveless environment arrives in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, armed with binoculars and a TV remote control. He sets up camp atop one the many high-rises to get a bird’s eye view of city life and soon becomes infatuated with the female resident of a top-floor apartment.

Nirnay

Director: Pushpa Rawat
India | Hindi
2012 | 56min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 31 October, 11:00

*Filmmaker Attending

Who takes the most important decisions of our lives? As young women, do we have a say in them? Are we perhaps afraid to make some choices? The film explores these questions freely and fearlessly as Pushpa looks at her own life and those of her women friends, piecing together the story unfolding through words and silences. Set in a lower middle class neighbourhood in the outskirts of Delhi, it explores the lives of women, who are young, educated and bright, but who feel bound and helpless when it comes to taking any major decision regarding their life, be it career or marriage. By filming the women over three years, the film documents the changes in their lives and tries to capture the essence of their existence, at times through conversations, and at others by simply observing their seemingly innocuous everyday routines. It shares with the viewer their spirit as much as their confusions, and through the vignettes of their lives questions the norms of the society we live in. Pushpa’s own negotiations with her family, her boyfriend and his family form the backbone of the film.

A World Not Ours

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Palestine, Lebanon, UAE | Arabic, English
2012 | 93min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 31 October, 11:00

A World Not Ours is an intimate, humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family. Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, A World Not Ours is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased from collective memory.

The Beekeeper

Director: Mano Khalil
Switzerland | Kurdish, German
2013 | 107min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 31 October, 17:30

*Filmmaker Attending

The moving story of a beekeeper’s fate. He lost everything in the turmoil of the Turkish-Kurdish war: his wife and children, his homeland and, with the loss of over 500 colonies of bees, also his livelihood. The only thing remaining is his love of bees and his unwavering trust in individual human beings, regardless of origin. Following a long odyssey fraught with deprivation, the beekeeper finds his way back to his passion in Switzerland.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Director: Jim Jarmusch
UK, Germany, Greece | English
2013 | 123min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 31 October, 17:00

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Sunrise

Director: Partho Sen-Gupta
India, France | Marathi
2014 | 85min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 31 October, 20:00

In the sprawling megalopolis of Mumbai, Inspector Joshi searches desperately for his six-year-old daughter, Aruna, who one day, ten years ago, had not come home after school. By day, Joshi is a cog in the wheel of the apathetic police force by night, he roams the backstreet dancing bars endlessly searching for his daughter. A shadowy figure appears to be everywhere Joshi goes but, despite numerous attempts to catch him, it remains elusive. Late at night, Joshi returns to his cramped apartment to face his broken wife. Naina, a 6-year-old girl, is brought by traffickers to a brothel and is entrusted to Komal, a teenage prostitute. The girl watches as the other children are sent out to ‘clients’. Joshi and the other cops lead a raid on the brothel, but the pimps hide the children in a false ceiling. Joshi feels the presence of the shadowy figure. Babu, a 16-year-old boy, is brought to Joshi badly beaten. Joshi cannot get any answers out of him. He decides to investigate Babu’s family but nothing is turned up. Yet he feels the presence of the shadowy figure. Before the sunrise, Joshi must catch the elusive figure that destroys the lives of children.

Cambodian Son

Director: Masahiro Sugano
Cambodia, USA, France, UK | English
2014 | 90min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 31 October, 19:30

The film documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career-to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-yearold refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. The film follows a volatile yet charming and talented young man who struggles to find his footing amongst a new freedom that was granted only through his deportation.

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11:00 Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life) Meenu Gaur & Farjad Nabi| 2013 | 114min | Pakistan
13:15 The Last Adieu Shabnam Sukhdev | 2013 | 90min | India
15:30 A Gesar Bard’s Tale Donagh Coleman & Lharigtso | 2013 | 82min | Finland
19.30 CityLights Hansal Mehta | 2014 | 127min | India
11:00 Animation Package Curated by Gitanjali Rao | 115min
13:45 Watermarks: Three Letters From China Luc Schaedler | 2013 | 80min | Switzerland
17:45 Bringing Tibet Home Tenzin Tsetan Choklay | 2013 | 82min | South Korea, USA
17:30 Papusza Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze | 2013 | 131min | Poland
20:15 Nabarun Q | 2014 | 83min | India
11:00 Harun Farocki Retrospective Harun Farocki | 167min
16:00 Soundphiles Curated by Samina Mishra & Iram Ghufran | 75min

Soundphiles

Curated by Samina Mishra & Iram Ghufran | 75min

CLUB HOUSE 2 | 01 November, 16:00

Soundphiles is a celebration of listening. Our worlds today are navigated increasingly through images, with sound running as a hidden layer. We know this well in film practice where the image has a frame but sound can be limitless. And yet, despite the growing number of festivals, focused listening contexts are few, limited to radio and art gallery spaces, with each providing room for a particular kind of sound practice. Soundphiles is an attempt to bring into focus the act of listening via multiple forms of sound practice, to explore whether we begin to listen differently to the soundtracks of our lives. The first edition of Soundphiles – Many Echoes, Many Worlds – was curated from diverse practices and comprises works by filmmakers, artists, journalists and media/arts students. Their work brought in a diversity of worlds in a variety of forms – the rhythm of the textile mills of Malegaon, broken sounds from the contested streets of London, a deafening bombing in Iran, scratchy magnetic tracks of old Hindi films.

A Conversation with Rajat Kapoor

90min

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 01 November, 15:30

Celebrated actor, writer and director Rajat Kapoor will engage the audience in a far-ranging conversation about his life and career so far. He will touch on specific topics like making the transition from actor to director, the challenges of working in both theatre and films, and the state of alternative Indian cinema now as opposed to when he was starting out. Peppered with anecdotes and examples from his career, the conversation promises to be rich and entertaining, and will offer a glimpse into the mind of one of India’s leading independent filmmakers.

Zinda Bhaag

Director: Meenu Gaur & Farjad Nabi
Pakistan | Urdu, Punjabi
2013 | 114min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 01 November, 11:00

What makes a man step into a cargo container that is going to be sealed for days? Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag is about three men and their attempts to escape Pakistan … alive. Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, believe that the only way out… is to the West. Khaldi, goaded by his mother is waiting to join his Uncle’s Minicab business in Birmingham when his visa is rejected. His girlfriend Rubina’s slow but sure success makes his sense of failure acute and he sinks into the quicksand of gambling. Taambi, recently deported from Ukraine, seeks to escape his tyrannical father and takes refuge in Puhlwan’s underworld. The sudden death of a friend provides Chitta an opportunity to get abroad in the form of a stolen Italian passport.

Harun Farocki Retrospective

Harun Farocki | 167min

CLUB HOUSE 2 | 01 November, 11:00

Harun Farocki was born in 1944 in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, the son of an Indian migrant and a German mother. After World War II, he grew up in India and Indonesia, before studying at the German Film and Television Academy in West Berlin from 1966 to 1968. Harun made more than 90 films, the majority short experimental documentaries. He also exhibited more than 30 art installations at galleries worldwide. Harun passed away in July this year, at the age of 70. In Collaboration with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan India. The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. We thus foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.

Unattributed Video Art Series

74min

CLUB HOUSE 2 | 01 November, 14:15

Unattributed is an exhibition that showcases artists living in Tibet and in diaspora. The videos in this presentation, by anonymous Tibetan artists were collected and produced as part of an initiative by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection. In order to solicit the video works from a broad community of artists, an open call was launched more than two years ago through a website produced in English, Tibetan, and Chinese. Great lengths were taken to protect the identities of those who submitted and it was determined that all of the work would be presented without attribution, allowing for the display of otherwise inaccessible imagery. Unattributed explores the tension between an ancient culture’s unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art. Traditional Tibetan art employs a formal mode of artistic production aimed at supporting the transmission of Buddhist culture. The recent phenomena of self-expression in Tibetan culture has resulted in artists looking outside of their collective cultural tradition and forming contemporary art practices. The artists in this exhibition address contemporary issues such as, the impact of globalization, consumerism, environmentalism and cultural colonialism. In collaboration with the Donald and Shelly Rubin Private Collection.

The Last Adeiu

Director: Shabnam Sukhdev
India | English, Hindi
2013 | 90min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 01 November, 13:15

*Filmmaker Attending

Having the need to resolve the unfinished relationship with her father who had died suddenly when she was only fourteen, Shabnam decides to confront her mother and talk to all the people who had known him. She is eager to fill the holes in her sketchy memory only to find out that he had always been there with her and influenced her at every stage in her life without her knowing it. After thirty years she is now ready to claim her father as she discovers his significance in her life.

Bringing Tibet Home

Director: Tenzin Tsetan Choklay
South Korea, USA | Tibetan
2013 |82min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 01 November, 17:45

When New York based Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol’s father passes away in exile with an unfulfilled wish to take his last breath in Tibet, Tenzing realizes that his father’s dream to return home to his lost nation is shared by all exiles. Driven by this realization, the artist embarks on a mission to reunite the Tibetan land with its people, literally, through an art project that involves smuggling 20,000 kilograms of native Tibetan soil to India.

A Gesar Bard’s Tale

Director: Donagh Coleman & Lharigtso
Finland | Tibetan
2013 | 82min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 01 November, 15:30

*Filmmaker Attending

As a boy, Dawa was an illiterate Tibetan nomad, whose life revolved around herding yaks. At 13 his life changed. Through a series of visions, Dawa got the gift of telling Tibet’s King Gesar epic story. Thousands of verses of the world’s longest epic started pouring out of the nomad boy, who became a famous Gesar bard. Now, at 35, Dawa receives a salary from the Chinese Government as a guardian of national cultural heritage, and is regarded as a holy man by his community. Apart from his incredible gift , he is like any other 30-something, interested in cars, music and a comfortable family life in his newly built house. Then, a devastating earthquake hits Dawa’s hometown Gyegu. With the old Tibetan town reduced to rubble, Chinese redevelopment of the region takes a giant leap forward. In the midst of such seismic shifts,Dawa seeks healing from King Gesar and other divine protectors of the land.

Papusza

Director: Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze
Poland | Roma, Polish
2013 | 131min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 01 November, 17:30

This is the true story of Papusza – the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, and therefore confronted the traditional female image in the gypsy community. The film follows Papusza’s life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after the Second World War, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community, for betraying their secrets.

CityLights

Director: Hansal Mehta
India | Hindi
2014 | 127min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 01 November, 19:30

*Filmmaker Attending

A debt-ridden young man, Deepak, along with his small family, leaves the quiet of his rural existence seeking a better future in the city of dreams, Mumbai. His dreams of a better quality of life soon come crashing down as he finds the city of lights casting a dark shadow on his survival. Driven by desperation and determination to overcome the odds Deepak is ultimately able to find a job with perils that are far beyond the obvious. At its heart City Lights is a love story, a story about familial bonding, a thriller that explores the depths of human nature and a drama about sacrifice in the city of dreams. CityLights is about our world, our times and the ultimate emotion that drives every relationship – love.

Watermarks: Three Letters from China

Director: Luc Schaedler
Switzerland | Chinese
2013 | 80min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 01 November, 13:45

Based on three different places, the film portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments: in the deceptively idyllic Jiuxiancun in the rainy south; in the apocalyptic coal mining site of Minqin and Wusutu in the parched north; and in Chongqing, the megacity on the Yangtze River. The protagonists give their moving accounts of an unresolved past, an uncertain present and their tentative steps into the future.

Nabarun

Director: Q
India | Bangla
2014 | 83min | Colour and B&W
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 01 November, 20:15

*Filmmaker Attending

Nabarun is the exclamation mark in Bengali literature. He is the emphatic interjector. His characters shamelessly hustle, behave atrociously, and try to exist in a violently hostile world. The film tries to get into the noisy, grimy, scratchy insides of his mind. Bouncing between pure documentary and fiction, just like Nabarun.

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11:00 The Square Jehane Noujaim | 2013 | 95min | USA
15:30 Return to Homs Talal Derki | 2013 | 94min | Germany, Syrian Arab Republic
11:00 Short Films Package Curated by Umesh Kulkarni | 99min
17:30 Chimeras Mika Mattila | 2013 | 87min | Finland
13:00 Vara: A Blessing Khyentse Norbu | 2013 | 96min | Bhutan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka
15:30 Court Chaitanya Tamhane | 2014 | 116min | India
18:15 Omar Hany Abu-Assad | 2013 | 97min | Palestine
20:15 Liar’s Dice Geetu Mohandas | 2013 | 103min | India
19:45 The Dossier Zhu Rikun | 2014 | 128min | China
13:30 Eat Sleep Die Gabriela Pichler | 2012 | 100min | Sweden
14:15 Paintings in Motion Animation Masterclass by Gitanjali Rao | 90min
11:00 Soundphiles Curated by Samina Mishra & Iram Ghufran | 75min

Omar

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Palestine | Arabic, Hebrew
2013 | 97min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 2 November, 18:15

Omar climbs over a separation wall and through bullets for Nadia’s love. He is a thoughtful boy and a focused baker. He lands on the other side a resistance fighter who faces choices about how to be a man. The occupied West Bank knows neither simple love nor clear war. Who’s an enemy depends on circumstance. Friends are captured, tortured and given the choice between life and loyalty. Suspicion and betrayal blot out trust. Absurd humiliations distort confidence and honor. Like the characters, enduring traditions also have no home. The youthful wills in Omar and in Tareq, Nadia’s militant brother, are both fighting for different freedoms – for self and for the people. Omar’s inner geography becomes as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. We’re left to wonder the impact of the choices we make when all our reference points have been destroyed.

Soundphiles

Curated by Samina Mishra & Iram Ghufran | 75min

CLUB HOUSE 2 | 02 November, 11:00

Soundphiles is a celebration of listening. Our worlds today are navigated increasingly through images, with sound running as a hidden layer. We know this well in film practice where the image has a frame but sound can be limitless. And yet, despite the growing number of festivals, focused listening contexts are few, limited to radio and art gallery spaces, with each providing room for a particular kind of sound practice. Soundphiles is an attempt to bring into focus the act of listening via multiple forms of sound practice, to explore whether we begin to listen differently to the soundtracks of our lives. The first edition of Soundphiles – Many Echoes, Many Worlds – was curated from diverse practices and comprises works by filmmakers, artists, journalists and media/arts students. Their work brought in a diversity of worlds in a variety of forms – the rhythm of the textile mills of Malegaon, broken sounds from the contested streets of London, a deafening bombing in Iran, scratchy magnetic tracks of old Hindi films.

Unattributed Video Art Series

74min

CLUB HOUSE 2 | 02 November, 12:45

Unattributed is an exhibition that showcases artists living in Tibet and in diaspora. The videos in this presentation, by anonymous Tibetan artists were collected and produced as part of an initiative by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection. In order to solicit the video works from a broad community of artists, an open call was launched more than two years ago through a website produced in English, Tibetan, and Chinese. Great lengths were taken to protect the identities of those who submitted and it was determined that all of the work would be presented without attribution, allowing for the display of otherwise inaccessible imagery. Unattributed explores the tension between an ancient culture’s unbroken artistic tradition and the personality-driven world of contemporary art. Traditional Tibetan art employs a formal mode of artistic production aimed at supporting the transmission of Buddhist culture. The recent phenomena of self-expression in Tibetan culture has resulted in artists looking outside of their collective cultural tradition and forming contemporary art practices. The artists in this exhibition address contemporary issues such as, the impact of globalization, consumerism, environmentalism and cultural colonialism. In collaboration with the Donald and Shelly Rubin Private Collection.

Paintings In Motion

MASTERCLASS WITH GITANJALI RAO

CLUB HOUSE 2 | 02 November, 14:15

“I would like to take the audience through a journey of how a painted image is infused with life and emotion to tell a story. Like my own journey each time I make a film.” Although animation is a complex production technique, the idea, the story, the story telling, scripting and finally the post production are not much different from live action film making. In this Masterclass, through the making of her last short film TrueLoveStory, a film about love in the streets of Bombay, Gitanjali will take us from the origin of the idea, to the characters – who they are, where they come from – the style and design, the animatics with sound and music and finally the film in animation. She will go through the different explorations of mood, colors, sounds and music that shaped the film, and how to spin these together to create an emotional experience. Gitanjali will show glimpses of her other films which are influenced by different Indian folk art styles and tell other similar stories, as well as discuss her various influences and inspirations of music, paintings, films, travels and life, while making films. The presentation will be followed by informal interactions, comments and questions from the audience.

Chimeras

Director: Mike Matilla
Finland | Chinese
2013 | 87min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 02 November, 17:30

*Filmmaker Attending

Portraying two minds in identity crisis- the contemporary art giant Wang Guangyi and the up-and-coming photographer Liu Gang, Chimeras freeze frames China at a moment when its aspirations are at war with its sense of identity.

Vara: A Blessing

Director: Khyentse Norbu
Bhutan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka | English
2013 | 96min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 02 November, 13:00

*Filmmaker Attending

In rural India, a young woman named Lila and her mother Vinata, a temple dancer wed to a Hindu god, find themselves on the fringes of society, struggling to make ends meet. Shyam, a low-caste village boy with dreams of becoming a sculptor in the city, asks Lila to model for him. Lila agrees, even though she knows that if they are discovered, both their lives will be in jeopardy. Set against the lush countryside in an Indian village not yet caught up to the modern world, Vara: A Blessing seamlessly intertwines vivid dreamworlds of Hindu gods, classical Indian dance, and music. A timeless story of love and devotion from director Khyenste Norbu.

The Square

Director: Jehane Noujaim
USA | Arabic
2013 | 95min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 02 November, 11:00

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.

Return To Homs

Director: Talal Derki
Germany, Syrian Arab Republic | Arabic
2013 | 94min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 02 November, 15:30

Return to Homs, Talal Derki’s award-winning documentary (Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize 2014), follows nineteen-year-old goalkeeper-turned-insurgent, Abdul Basset, as he and a ragtag group of comrades fight to protect the captive inhabitants of the besieged city of Homs. As one of the unlikely leaders of the Syrian rebellion Basset has become something of a totemic figure, with Le Monde labelling him an ‘icon of the revolution’. His protest songs and dark sense of humour reflect his dream of peaceful liberation from Assad’s oppressive regime, but when their hopeful uprising is met with violent resistance by government forces, he and his companions take up arms. Trailing the fearless crew over a two-year period, this remarkable film sees the city Basset once knew and loved, deserted and torn apart beyond recognition. As audacious hope turns to despair, Derki presents the real desperation behind the bloodied faces and waving rifles that have become Syria’s refrain.

Court

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
India | Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English
2014 | 116min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 02 November, 15:30

*Filmmaker Attending

A sewage worker’s dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is arrested and accused of performing an inflammatory song, which may have incited the worker to commit suicide. The trial unfolds in a lower court, where the hopes and dreams of the city’s ordinary people play out. Forging these fates are the lawyers and judge, who are observed in their personal lives beyond the theatre of the courtroom.

The Dossier

Director: Zhu Rikun
China | Chinese, Tibetan
2014 | 128min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 02 November, 19:45

In the first part of the film, the award-winning Tibetan writer and journalist Tsering Woeser is reading her dossier in full to the camera. A dossier consists of the files collected on a person by the government authorities. Woeser got hold of her dossier only accidentally. According to the Chinese law, citizens have no right to see their own dossiers. The dossier and Woeser herself in various interviews tell the story of her transition from an exemplary Chinese citizen to a supposedly subversive Tibetan writer under house detention. In the second part the director Zhu accompanies Woeser and her husband, the writer, dissident and democracy activist Wang Lixiong, on their journey from Beijing to Lhasa. On the way and in their apartment the hassle and constant interception by the authorities is documented.

Liar’s Dice

Director: Geetu Mohandas
India | Hindi, Himachali
2013 | 103min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 02 November, 20:15

The canvas of the film stretches from a small village in the mountains called Chitkul, which borders China, to the industrial land of big dreams, Delhi city. It’s about a young mother, Kamala, and her 3-year-old daughter from a tribal community who embark on a journey leaving their native land in search of Kamala’s missing husband. Along this journey she encounters an army deserter who, realizing the perils of the journey ahead for them, decides to accompany them to their destination. This film talks about a sense of futility; anger against the system and also explores the dynamics of a man woman relationship. It’s a linear narrative travel story with a more alarming backdrop of the socio political conditions of India today.

Eat Sleep Die

Director: Gabriela Pichler
Sweden | Swedish, Montenegrin & Serbian
2012 | 100min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 02 November, 13:30

Ever wondered who packs the fresh plastic-sealed salad you are having for lunch? Who are the people getting laid off from their factory jobs in the small rural towns? Ready for a visit to another kind of Sweden? When the forceful young Muslim Swedish/Balkan factory worker Rasa, who has a no-shit, never-say-die attitude to life, loses her job, she faces unemployment. With no high school diploma, no job – but her boots deeply stained with the mud of the small town she grew up in – Rasa finds herself on a collision course with society and a comical world of bureaucracy and contradicting values and expectations. First time actors play all of the main characters in the film.

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