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Dharamshala international film festival 3 - 6 nov 2016

Schedule





TIPA
Club House

11:00AM
12:00PM
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2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM
5:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
8:00PM
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11:00PM
6:00 PM
Titli
Kanu Behl | 2014 | 117min | India

*Filmmaker and Ranvir Shorey Attending

Guests to be seated by 5:45pm

Ankhon Dekhi

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

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 30 October, 6:00 PM

*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.

Titli

Director: Kanu Behl
India | Hindi
2014 | 117min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 5 November, 6:00 PM

*Filmmaker and Ranvir Shorey Attending

In the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His schemes are thwarted by his unruly brothers, who marry him o against his will. But Titli finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, Neelu, who nurtures her own frustrated dreams. They form a strange, mutually exploitative pact to break the stranglehold of their family roots. But is escape the same as freedom?


TIPA
Club House
11:00AM
12:00PM
1:00PM
2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM
5:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
8:00PM
9:00PM
10:00PM
11:00PM
11:00 AM
Butter Lamp
Hu Wei | 2013 | 16min | France
Tashi and the Monk
Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke | 2014 | 39min | India
Lo Sum Choe Sum
Dechen Roder | 2015 | 20min | Bhutan
1:00 PM
The Wolfpack
Crystal Moselle | 2015 | 84min | USA
5:00 PM
The Tale of Iya
Tetsuichiro Tsuta | 2013 | 169min | Japan

*Filmmaker Attending

2:45 PM
The Monk
The Maw Naing | 2014 | 95min | Czech Republic, Myanmar

*Filmmaker Attending

8:30 PM
Umrika
Prashant Nair | 2015 | 100min | India

*Filmmaker and Producers Attending

11:00 AM
Birds of Passage
Olivier Ringer | 2015 | 84min | Belgium, France
12:45 PM
The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer | 2012 | 159min | Denmark, Norway, UK
4:00 PM
Concrete Night
Pirjo Honkasalo | 2013 | 96min | Finland, Sweden, Denmark

8:30 PM
Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere
Nguyen Hoang Diep | 2014 | 98min | Vietnam, France, Norway, Germany

The Act of Killing

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Denmark, Norway, UK | Indonesian, Javanese
2012 | 159min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE | 6 November, 12:45 PM

When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, more than one million people were killed in less than a year. Anwar and his friends were promoted from ticket scalpers to death squad leaders, and Anwar killed hundreds of people with his own hands. In The Act of Killing, Anwar and his friends agree to tell us the story of the killings. But their idea of being in a movie is not to provide testimony for a documentary: they want to be stars in their favourite film genres – gangster, western, musical. They write the scripts. They play themselves. And they play their victims. The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision – a journey into the memories and imaginations of the unrepentant perpetrators and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

Film Title

Film Summary from the film page
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 02 November, 4:00 PM

Film’s short Description from the film page.

The Wolfpack

Director: Crystal Moselle
USA | English
2015 | 84min | Colour
Indian Premiere

TIPA | 6 November, 1:00 PM

The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed “the Wolfpack,” they’re all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home. All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For years this has served as a productive creative outlet and a way to stave off loneliness – but after one of the brothers escapes the apartment, the power dynamics in the house are transformed, and all the boys begin to dream of venturing out. The Wolfpack charts a fascinating coming of age story and becomes a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives.

Concrete Night

Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
Finland, Sweden, Denmark | Finnish
2013 | 96min | B&W
Subtitles: English
Indian Premiere
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Finland, New Delhi.

CLUB HOUSE | 6 November, 4:00 PM

Concrete Night is a dream‐like odyssey through Helsinki over the course of one night. The protagonist of the film is a 14­‐year­‐old boy named Simo who is still searching for a sense of self and the ability to protect himself from his surroundings. Simo and his big brother Ilkka are the sons of a helpless and unpredictable single mother. Their chaotic home is located deep in the heart of a concrete jungle in Helsinki. Ilkka has one day of freedom left before starting his prison sentence. The mother persuades Simo to spend the last night with his brother. During the course of the day and night spent roaming around Helsinki, the brothers witness incidents they would rather not see. Vulnerable Simo is not equipped to justify what he sees or delude himself – seeing things accurately as they are. To him, the unfiltered world seems unbearable. Finally a casual encounter with a photographer, whose intentions Simo misreads, launches him into blind fear. In the panic‐stricken violence that ensues, Simo finds his missing identity, his true face.

The Monk

Director: The Maw Naing
Czech Republic, Myanmar | Burmese
2013 | 95min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Presented in collaboration with the Asian Cultural Council.

TIPA | 6 November, 2:45 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

Zawana is confronted with several paths that open out defiantly before him, and he has to choose which one to take as the next step on his life’s journey. The youth enters a small village monastery somewhere in Burma, led by its superior U Dahma. Zawana and the other novices are, as befits their age, playful and disobedient, and they find it hard to abide by the laws of the monastic robe. However, when U Dahma, who hasn’t been running the monastery with a particularly firm hand, falls ill, the young man realises that perhaps it’s time to step out resolutely onto one of the paths and surrender to the school of life – and not only because his superior’s death could mean the closure of the monastery. This fragile film draws the viewer into a remarkable environment, intelligibly portraying a vulnerable and crucial period in the protagonists’ lives without superfluous dialogue. The story moves away from aspects of meditation and even spirituality, focusing more on universal values and desires, whose fulfilment itself presents a difficult challenge.

Tashi and the Monk

Directors: Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke
India | English, Hindi, Tibetan, Monpa
2014 | 39min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Indian Premiere

TIPA | 6 November, 11:00 AM

*Lobsang Phuntsok Attending

pre-screening – Butter Lamp

post-screening – Lo Sum Choe Sum
*Filmmaker Attending

In a remote community in the foothills of the Himalayas, a former monk struggles under the weight of his calling. Once a spiritual teacher in the U.S., Lobsang returned to India to create a community for orphaned and neglected children. Tashi – the newest arrival and youngest child with a troubled past and alcoholic father – acts out and challenges her elders every step of the way. But there is a spark in her that Lobsang sees clearly: a person inside the hurt, abandoned child with the potential to blossom and grow. His patience and compassion for Tashi comes from a deeper place than mere sympathy; he was a wild and troubled orphan himself. This portrait of Lobsang and his family of 84 children is a short and lovely reminder that while there is a lot of darkness in the world, there are also beautiful shining points of light.

Birds of Passage

Director: Olivier Ringer
Belgium, France | French
2015 | 84min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE | 6 November, 11:00 AM

For Cathy, it is not always easy to be born on February 29th, especially when for her birthday, her whimsical father gives her an egg to hatch. Her father warns her that she must be the first person the duckling lays its eyes on, so it will think she is his mother. But when the time comes, it is actually Cathy’s best friend Margaux who sees the egg hatch. But Margaux is confined to her wheelchair, and her parents don’t think she is capable of taking care of her new pet by herself. So the girls run away together, so that they can take care of their new duckling without the interference from adults.

The Tale of Iya

Director: Tetsuichiro Tsuta
Japan | Japanese
2013 | 169min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Indian Premiere
Presented in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, New Delhi.

TIPA | 6 November, 5:00 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

An outsider from Tokyo arrives in Iya, a place where the riches of nature abound. The young man, named Kudo, plans to live a new, self-sufficient existence. He is exhausted with city life, and believes that this beautiful land can give him some rest. But reality is not as easy as he thought. A conflict is underway between a local construction company and a group of nature conservationists. One day, Kudo meets Grandpa and a girl, Haruna, who live deep in the heart of the mountains, far from any other human inhabitant. Their modest and humble life passes slowly, seeming eternal, as if time had stopped.

Panel Discussion: The New Indian Indiewave


A Conversation with Ruchika Oberoi, Kanu Behl, Gurvinder Singh, Bhaskar Hazarika and Abhay Kumar

Moderated by Aseem Chhabra
CLUB HOUSE | 6 November, 6:00 PM

In the four years since DIFF started, a new wave of Indian indie films has burst onto the global film scene, presenting a fresh, contemporary and radically different face of Indian cinema. These films have won critical acclaim at the most prestigious international film festivals and some have even found commercial success at home and abroad. Does this movement herald a revolution in Indian cinema or is it doomed to ebb away like the first Indian New Wave? Are Indian independent films simply the flavour du jour of World Cinema or do they actually have substance and staying power? Five of India’s most exciting new filmmakers discuss these and other questions pertaining to the New Indian Indiewave.

Umrika

Director: Prashant Nair
India | Hindi
2015 | 100min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 6 November, 8:30 PM

*Filmmaker and Producers Attending

A small village in India is invigorated when one of their own travels to America (aka Umrika) and details his adventures through letters home, sparking community debate and inspiring hope. But when the letters mysteriously stop coming, his younger brother Rama sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu, Rama retraces his brother’s path to find himself charting one of his own. Set in the mid-1980s, Umrika is a funny and meaningful story of the lengths taken to realize one’s dreams. It is a story about how people end up in countries other than their own, sometimes for reasons that are far beyond their control and far beyond our imagination.

Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere

Director: Nguyen Hoang Diep
Vietnam, France, Norway, Germany | Vietnamese
2014 | 98min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE | 6 November, 8:30 PM

Huyen is a teenager and her boyfriend Tung is an employee at a lighting company. Huyen’s neighbor, Linh, is a transvestite who makes a living by catching unsuspecting men looking for sex in dark spots.While perched in the air to hang up advertising lights, Tung suddenly gets news that Huyen is pregnant. Both want to have an abortion, but that costs money. The fetus grows and Huyen is often hungry, saving money by eating porridge. Tung gambles on the cockfighting bouts, while Huyen hopes on a scholarship. Near the date for the abortion, Tung steals the money she has saved to pay his debts from his cockfight losses. He disappears. Linh introduces Huyen to prostitution to make money. Huyen is introduced to Hoang, a man interested in pregnant women. As time passes, Huyen realizes the pregnancy brings her a closer to Hoang. As she realizes she is in love with Hoang, she asks Hoang to make love to her. After that, he disappears.With enough money to perform an abortion, and no men to help her with raising a child, everything seems clear. Yet Huyen is transfixed by a boiling pot of porridge,the bubbles growing bigger and bigger.


TIPA
Club House
11:00AM
12:00PM
1:00PM
2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM
5:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
8:00PM
9:00PM
10:00PM
11:00PM
11:00 AM
Kothanodi

Bhaskar Hazarika | 2015 | 115min | India

*Filmmaker Attending

1:30 PM
Zero Motivation
Talya Lavie | 2014 | 100min | Israel

*Filmmaker Attending

3:45 PM
Lung Ta
Kaoru Ikeya | 2015 | 111min | Japan

*Filmmaker and Kazuhiro Nakahara Attending

8:30 PM
Placebo
Abhay Kumar | 2015 | 96min | India, Finland

*Filmmaker Attending

1:30 PM
Indian Shorts Selection
One Night in Hollywood

Sheri Sussman | 2015 | 11min | USA

*Producer/Actor Markus Reymann Attending

6:15 PM
Wild Women – Gentle Beasts
Anka Schmid | 2015 | 96min | Switzerland

*Filmmaker Attending

6:30 PM
Hope
Boris Lojkine | 2014 | 91min | France
8:30 PM
Body
Małgorzata Szumowska | 2015 | 90min | Poland
11:00 AM
Giovanni and the Water Ballet
Astrid Bussink | 2014 | 17 min | The Netherlands
The Boy and The World
Alê Abreu | 2013 | 85min | Brazil

*Curator Monica Wahi Attending

Panel Discussion: Film And The Female Gaze

A conversation with Talya Lavie, Ruchika Oberoi, Dechen Roder and Anka Schmid
Moderated by Ritu Sarin
CLUB HOUSE | 7 November, 4:15 PM

In an essay in Women and Hollywood, Melissa Silverstein writes: “The female gaze is about women storytellers planting their feet down and shouting with a camera: I AM HERE. I AM PRESENT. I MATTER.” It is no secret that when it comes to filmmaking there is a huge gender imbalance. Why is this the case and how does it impact the work of women filmmakers? Is there such a thing as the female gaze in cinema? And if so, are they the same across borders and cultures? Four women directors from four different countries come together to discuss their experiences and the notion of the female gaze in cinema with DIFF Director and filmmaker Ritu Sarin.

Kothanodi

Director: Bhaskar Hazarika
India | Assamese
2015 | 115min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 7 November, 11:00 AM

*Filmmaker Attending

Once upon a time, Senehi, a woman who loathes her stepdaughter, plots her murder when her husband is called away on a distant trip on business. Her husband – Devinath – encounters a woman called Keteki who has given birth to an outenga (elephant apple), which rolls around after her. Devinath resolves to unearth the mystery of the outenga. Meanwhile, in another village – a rich woman named Dhoneshwari is getting her daughter Bonlotika married to a python – a wedding that has dire consequences for the girl. As these three stories unfold, another mother, Malati, resolves to save her newest born from the clutches of her husband Poonai and his uncle, who have sacrificed all three of her previous babies. In doing so, she unearths a shocking truth.

The Boy and the World

Alê Abreu
Brazil | Gibberish
2013 | 85min | Colour

CLUB HOUSE | 7 November, 11:00 AM

pre-screening – Giovanni and the Water Ballet
*Curator Monica Wahi Attending

Suffering from the lack of the father, Cuca leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings. An extraordinary animation with many artistic techniques, portraying the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child. From watercolours to mosaics, this colourful film will capture your senses, with hardly any dialogue. Will Cuca be able to reunite his family again or will he be swept away by the harsh realities of the city- the film will leave you guessing until its captivating finale.

Unattributed Video Art Seriesss

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.

Zero Motivation

Director: Talya Lavie
Israel | Hebrew
2014 | 100min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel in India.

TIPA | 7 November, 1:30 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

Zohar and Daffi are best friends serving in the same administration office at an artillery base in the south of Israel. They share a bunk bed, and since both don‘t really get along with others, they spend all their time together, sharing their thoughts, secrets, and passion for tabletop computer games. Daffi hates the secluded desert base and desperately tries to get transferred to Tel Aviv, the big city. Zohar doesn‘t seem to care much about the location; her main concern is losing her virginity. She is terrified by the possibility of being left alone without her friend in the desolated base and is willing to take action to prevent Daffi from leaving. One person who wouldn‘t mind if the two are separated is Rama, their highly motivated officer in charge, who fears that the counterproductive harmony of the two might indirectly hurt her chances to get promoted.

Wild Women – Gentle Beasts

Director: Anka Schmid
Switzerland | German, Arabic, French, Russian
2015 | 96min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Asian Premiere
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in India.

TIPA | 7 November, 6:15 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

Animal tamers from various continents shine in the spotlight and struggle for their existence behind the scenes. Namayca, Carmen, Nadezhda, Aliya, and Anosa are five women from four different countries, but all are charismatic animal tamers. They work in the circus and train tigers, lions, and bears. Between toiling and smiling, the female circus artists disclose their passion for their “wild” animals and extraordinary profession. Switching between dominatrix and cuddly kitten in the arena, they play with the contrast between docile woman and wild beast. In doing so, they always overcome their own limitations and risk death in a dangerous show full of total dedication, absolute presence, and physical perfection. Their ultra-close relationship with their animals is sensual – and immensely gruelling.

Lung Ta

Director: Kaoru Ikeya
Japan | Japanese, Tibetan
2013 | 111min | Colour
Subtitles: English
International Premiere
Presented in collaboration with the Asian Cultural Council.

TIPA | 7 November, 3:45 PM

*Filmmaker & Kazuhiro Nakahara Attending

Why do Tibetans choose to burn themselves? Protest, in the form of self-immolation, against the Chinese government’s suppression in Tibet has been taking place frequently since 2009. Kazuhiro Nakahara is a Japanese man living in Dharamsala, India. Well known as the ‘Dalai Lama’s architect, he had been the official architect of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. Nakahara was shocked to know a junior high school girl’s self-immolation, which lead him to visit and interview Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala. Tibetans say that self-immolation, an act of offering one’s body without harming others, is at its core a non-violent form of protest. The story continues when Nakahara tries to enter Tibet where the self-immolations took place to learn the details and hidden stories of the protests.

Hope

Director: Boris Lojkine
France | English, French, Arabic
2014 | 91min | Colour
Subtitles: English

CLUB HOUSE | 7 November, 6:30 PM

Deep in the Sahara desert, Leonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. Both of them are making the long treacherous journey to Europe. Grappling with dangers around every corner, the two struggle to survive the corruption and poverty that rules the edges of the towns they pass through, as they desperately seek a better life for themselves. From ghetto wars to dishonest officials, the couple persists with their quest, having lost all their possessions, except for their hope. Their journey reflects the real-life risks of migration that many undocumented immigrants endure. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other.

Placebo

Director: Abhay Kumar
India, Finland | English, Hindi
2014 | 96min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 7 November, 8:30 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

After witnessing a mindless moment of self-inflicted violence on the campus of one of the toughest educational institutions in the world, a filmmaker embeds himself in the dorms of the institute to take a closer look at patterns of student violence. Four students agree to be followed for a year as part of this observational experiment. However, as the filmmaker starts infiltrating this complex mindscape of restless youth and soaring ambition, a starting new reality begins to emerge. Memory, time and space become increasingly distorted around the camera as the characters, with their dreams and aspirations falling apart, are pulled into a vortex of events through which no one will escape unhurt. Placebo is a journey in time through the corridors of excellence, where the ‘great Indian dream’ is imploding.

One Night in Hollywood

Director: Sheri Sussman
USA | English
2015 | 11min | Colour
International Premiere

CLUB HOUSE | 7 November, 1:30 PM – after the Indian Shorts Selection

*Producer/Actor Markus Reymann Attending

One Night in Hollywood is a satire about Hollywood where power is perpetually in play, and there is always someone higher up than you who holds your career in the palm of their hands. The two protagonists, Zak and Scottie, think they have found the perfect investor for their indie film, one who is willing to finance them and give them the coveted creative control that they want. However, when their investor makes a ‘different’ request, they must decide what is more important to them – their principles or their work. After years of trying to raise money for their film, what they must now do to see their project through, is kill a studio executive that has crossed their investor. Agreeing on what to do is not a problem for them, but agreeing on the ending of their script is. The film is a dark comedy about the lengths people will go to for what they think they want.

Body

Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
Poland | Polish
2015 | 90min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Presented in collaboration with the Polish Institute, New Delhi.

CLUB HOUSE | 7 November, 8:30 PM

Set in present day Poland, Body explores the intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter and her therapist, who claims to be able to communicate with the dead. The three characters come together to offer explanations of what it means to live- viewing the body as an object, a site of loss, or a thing of beauty and hope. The widowed prosecutor is worried that his daughter, Olga, is suicidal and sends her to therapy. However Anna, the quirky psychiatrist, has her own way of overcoming depression. The film deals with loss and grief in unfamiliar ways, lending a dark, comedic undertone to the plot as it follows three different approaches to coming to terms with loneliness.


TIPA
Club House

11:00AM
12:00PM
1:00PM
2:00PM
3:00PM
4:00PM
5:00PM
6:00PM
7:00PM
8:00PM
9:00PM
10:00PM
11:00PM
11:00 AM
The Look of Silence
Joshua Oppenheimer | 2014 | 99min | Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, UK
3:30 PM
Yallah! Underground
Farid Eslam | 2015 | 84min | Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Egypt, Canada, USA

5:30 PM
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Brian Knappenberger | 2014 | 120min | USA

1:00 PM
Tibetan Warrior
Dodo Hunziker | 2015 | 85min | Switzerland

*Filmmaker and Loten Namling Attending

3:30 PM
Island City
Ruchika Oberoi | 2015 | 111min | India

*Filmmaker Attending

6:00 PM
Chauthi Koot
Gurvinder Singh | 2015 | 115min | India

*Filmmaker Attending

8:30 PM
Masaan
Neeraj Ghaywan | 2014 | 109min | India

*Filmmaker and Screenwriter Attending

11:00 AM
About a Mother
Dina Velikovskaya | 2015 | 8min | Russia
Celestial Camel

Jury Feting | 2015 | 90min | Russia

*Curator Monica Wahi Attending

Chauthi Koot

Director: Gurvinder Singh
India | Punjabi,
2015 | 115min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 8 November, 6:00 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

Chauthi Koot evokes the atmosphere of suspicion, fear and paranoia of the Punjab in 1980s. It considers two loosely connected incidents: two Hindu friends trying to get to Amritsar and, some months earlier, a farmer who is told he has to kill the family dog. One story flows into the other and back – like a relay race one character passing on the baton to another. What binds the two is the condition of the common man trapped between the excesses of the military on one side and the militant movement for a separate Sikh nation on the other.

Celestial Camel

Director: Jury Feting
Russia | Russian, Kalmyk
2015 | 90min | Colour

CLUB HOUSE | 8 November, 11:00 AM

pre-screening – About a Mother
*Curator Monica Wahi Attending

Kalmyks say that a camel-shaped cloud brings good luck. A white little colt (celestial camel) Altynka was born under the such cloud. During the film shooting accidentally dies a white colt. A dubbing camel is required urgently. The movie-manager arrives at a far-away steppe station of a poor shepherd Dorzhi. Altynka is sold. The mother-camel runs away in to the steppe in search of her son. Twelve-year-old Bayir rides to steppe on his father’s old motorbike in search of mother-camel. Bayir meets kind and evil people in the steppe. Summoners of rain, a disciple of Lama, help him in his way. Bayir meets a teenager named Quarter and they become friends. Meanwhile, at the railway station, the movie-manager is not able to send the white camel to the film-shooting place. Bayir and Quarter ride to the railway station by motorbike. There the friends meet both- the mother camel and the colt. Will Bayir be able to save Altynka and return home with the camel?

Filmmaker Session: Making Masaan

A conversation with Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover
Moderated by Namrata Joshi
CLUB HOUSE | 8 November, 1:15 PM

Masaan, one of 2015’s big indie hits, deals with issues that are rarely touched upon in mainstream cinema. In Masaan, we see a new kind of India, one where social divides are being undermined by the growing access to the internet. At the same time, cultural constraints create a paradox of relative morality, and it is this point that the film drives home. Director Neeraj Ghaywan and screenwriter and lyricist, Varun Grover, will engage the audience in a freewheeling discussion about the making of Masaan and the film as a reflection of a society in rapid flux. The session will touch upon issues of gender, sexuality, class, caste, and corruption that the film raises.

Filmmakers:

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.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Director: Brian Knappenberger
USA | English
2014 | 120min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Indian Premiere

CLUB HOUSE | 8 November, 5:30 PM

An investigative documentary, the film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit—currently the most popular social news website in the world—his fingerprints are all over the Internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organising combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life in January of this year, at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. The last few years have brought an unprecedented legal crackdown on whistleblowers, activists, leakers and journalists. This film is a personal story of the consequences of that crackdown. It is the story of a tech millionaire forgoing traditional startup culture and putting his programming skills in the service of social justice, and a story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Tibetan Warrior

Director: Dodo Hunziker
Switzerland | English, Tibetan, German
2013 | 85min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Indian Premiere

TIPA | 8 November, 1:00 PM

*Filmmaker & Loten Namling Attending

For more than 60 years Tibetans have been fighting Chinese oppression. But their non-violent struggle appears to be in vain. Now, as a new form of peaceful protest, Tibetans are setting themselves on fire. Loten Namling – an exiled Tibetan and musician living in Switzerland – is deeply disturbed by such self-destructive action. So he sets off from Europe to India, on a one-man mission to meet top politicians, experts and young radicals. He himself becomes increasingly radical, and is on the verge of violent protest. Finally he ends up at the office of the Dalai Lama in India, to seek the advice from the exiled Tibetan leader.

The Look of Silence

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Denmark, Indonesia, Norway, Finland, UK | Indonesian, Javanese
2014 | 99min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 8 November, 11:00 AM

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother’s murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

Yallah! Underground

Director: Farid Eslam
Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Egypt, Canada, USA | Arabic, English
2015 | 84min | Colour
Subtitles: English
Indian Premiere

CLUB HOUSE| 8 November, 3:30 PM

Yallah! Underground follows some of today’s most influential and progressive artists in Arab underground culture  from 2009 to 2013 and  documents their work, dreams and fears in a time of great change for Arab societies. In a region full of tension, young Arab artists in the Middle East have struggled for years to express themselves freely and to promote more liberal attitudes within their societies. During the Arab Spring, like many others of this new generation, local artists had high hopes for the future and took part in the protests. However, after years of turmoil and instability, young Arabs now have to challenge both old and new problems, being torn between feelings of disillusion and a vague hope for a better future.

Island City

Director: Ruchika Oberoi
India | Hindi
2015 | 111min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 8 November, 3:30 PM

*Filmmaker Attending

The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option. The second story begins with a domineering pater familias, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned; now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man ideal in every way. The third one centres on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her feel mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.

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.

Masaan

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
India | English, Hindi, Kashika
2014 | 109min | Colour
Subtitles: English

TIPA | 8 November, 8:30 PM

*Filmmaker and Screenwriter Attending

Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with the guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family. In a place that promises the soul liberation from its karmic cycle, the characters ironically long to escape the moral constructs of their small-town. Dealing with issues of class, caste, and sexuality, the characters’ seemingly disconnected problems eventually become the link that binds them together. Through their stories, the decaying roots of the holy city of Varanasi are subtly revealed, as the sound of burning pyres on the river banks reminds us of the fleeting quality of life itself.

Eat Sleep Die

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

CLUB HOUSE 1 | 02 November, 1:30 PM

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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