Screening Schedule (subject to changes)
Day 1; 28 April
11 am : Inauguration
Chief Guests :
Mr.Abdul Samad, MLA
Mr. Trotsky Maruthu
Dir: Shobhit Jain; 56:19; India; Documentary
The film takes an ethnographic look into the life of a bonded labourer in a remote tribal village in central India.
12.30 pm Panel Discussion
Mr Neethi Rajan - journalist
Mr. Arul Ezhilan - journalist
Mr Deveneyan - activist
Mr. Prince Ennares Periyar - filmmaker
Prof Rachel - Madras Christian College
Ripples Under the Skin
Dir : Farha Khatun; 29 min; India; Documentary
‘Ripples of water’ tells the story of this man and this city – it tells the story of the Calcutta that lurks behind the glitz and glamour of today’s Calcutta, it tells the story of a community of migrant workers who had come to this city to make a living, a city that never invited them yet somehow they made home, a city that they built with their blood and sweat, yet ‘home’ remained elusive, a city that nourishes, waters itself through the toils of people like Nazim kaka, yet conveniently forgets, casts them away when it chooses to walk towards the future.
In Search of Gold - a portrait of Kolar Gold Fields
Dir : Basav Biradar; 34.43 min; India; Documentary
Set in the once thriving colonial gold mining township of Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), IN SEARCH OF GOLD attempts to understand the different lived and remembered histories of people who built this highly profitable enterprise. Aided by the grim imagery of now defunct mining operations, the film brings together narratives of collective socio-political struggles of the past, nostalgia for lost privilege, and the anxiety of an uncertain future, of a fragmented society.
We Make Film
Dir : Shweta Ghosh; 80 min; India; Documentary
At a time of ever increasing media access, anyone who wants to make a film should be able to make one. But what happens when you’re assumed as incapable or ‘difficult’ to work with, or need adjustments to make the creative process accessible?
Set across three cities in India, We Make Film explores the creative journeys of d/Deaf and disabled filmmakers Debopriya, Mijo and Anuja.
4.30 pm Panel Discussion
Ms Malini Jeevarathnam - filmmaker
Mr. Vijay Anand - media person
Prof Azhagarasan - University of Madras
No Way Out
Dir : Sheikh Al Mamun; 61.12 min; Republic of Korea; Documentary
18 years have passed since the implementation of the Employment Permit System, and through this system, many migrant workers have stepped on Korean land, with the goal of chasing their dreams. The protagonists of this film also came to Korea in search of a dream, but because there’s no freedom to change workplace in the Employment Permit System, their dreams are hitting the walls of reality.This is the story of 3 migrant workers living the harsh lives of laborers.
Dir : Andres Veiel; 90 min; Germany; Feature film / Docu-fiction / Mokumentary
A court drama, as low-key as it is spectacular, about the climate catastrophe. It is 2034, and 31 nations have filed suit against the Federal Republic of Germany claiming damages for the consequences of climate change. Ecocide moves masterfully between the past, present and future, between docudrama and fictional documentary.
7.30 pm Panel Discussion
Mr. V Pakirisamy - media person
Ms Sara Abraham - advocate
Mr. R.R.Srinivasan - filmmaker
Day 2; 29 April
P for Pyaaz (Onion), P for Paisa (Money), P for Paani (Water)
Dir: Laxminarayan Devda; 56:14; India; Documentary
In the fragile hydrogeological region of Narmada valley, a sizable number of affluent farmers descend from the rich Malwa plateau to take land on lease from marginal farmers at an attractive price. They grow onion, a highly lucrative commercial crop, a trend that is soon followed by the local farmers as well. But Onion is a water-intensive crop - while the cash income is the target, what is the impact of the new practice on the depleting groundwater table? The filmmaker follows one season of farming and the market vulnerability of the perishable cash crop of onion against the fragile landscape.
Dir: Vivek Sangwan, Aishwarya Ravikumar; 15:44; India; Documentary
This film was made in collaboration with the Kondh Adivasis of Odisha, to help sustain dialogues and reflections about the changing paradigm of agriculture. This film hopes to be a part of the continued effort to sustain dialogues with the community about the culture of debt-dependent chemical-intensive agriculture.
12.15 pm Panel Discussion
Ms Mubeen Sadhika - writer
Dr.M.Susithra - journalist
Prof Sanjana Muralidharan - Don Bosco College of Arts and Science
Awadagin Pratt: Black in America
Dir: Michelle Bauer Carpenter; 25:25; United States; Documentary
Awadagin Pratt: Black in America is a moving documentary that combines performance and interview footage to provide an intimate view of prejudice in America and the racial injustice faced by famous concert pianist Awadagin Pratt.
LO QUE QUEDA EN EL CAMINO
Dir: Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo; 01:33:00; Germany / Mexico; Documentary
LO QUE QUEDA EN EL CAMINO tells the story of Lilian and her four children as they migrate in search for a better life. The family leaves Guatemala, joining a caravan of thousands of other people trying to reach the Mexico-US border. Being a single mother, this is Lilian’s best chance to make the dangerous journey.
4 pm : Panel Discussion
Prof Arulselvan - Pondicherry University
Ms.Samyuktha PC - media person
Mr. Yaazhan Aathi, poet
In A Dissent Manner
Dir: Ehraz Zaman; 01:02:20; India; Documentary
The campus of Aligarh Muslim University became a battleground on 15th December, 2019 when police and RAF forces entered the campus on the pretext of dispersing protestors, and inflicted what can only be described as one of the worst cases of police brutality, and violence on the students. 'In A Dissent Manner', through various footage, and accounts of students and professors, explores the events of that one single night and its horrific after-effects on many students.
House Without Roof
Dir: Soleen Yusef; 124 min; Germany; Feature film
Three siblings born in the Kurdish part of Iraq who grew up in Germany – Liya, who performs as a singer in a night club; Jan, whose wife is expecting a child; and misfit Alan – return to their country of birth in order to fulfil their late mother’s last wishes. She wanted to be buried in her home village next to her husband, who was killed during the war against Saddam’s regime, but her relatives in Kurdistan are vehemently opposed to this. Wanting to fulfil their mother’s wish, the squabbling siblings make off with the coffin and, pursued by their furious relatives, embark on a strenuous journey through a land in which the Peschmerga are battling IS terrorists.
7.30 pm panel discussion
Ms. Archana Sekhar - activist
Mr. Ajayan Bala - writer
Mr. Bharathi Krishnakumar - filmmaker, writer and orator
Day 3; 30 April
Being the Other
Dir : Amudhan R.P.; 22 min; India; Documentary
When your identity is questioned suddenly, where do you find solace?
Siege in the Air
Dir : Muntaha Amin; 30 min; Documentary; India
Women in Indian Administered Kashmir weave memory threads to piece together a narratorial picture of what it feels to live under perpetual uncertainty and unending cycles of lockdowns in Kashmir laying focus on the recent communication blockade of 2019, post the Article 370 abrogation.
Dir : Priya Thuvassery; 28.14 min; India; Documentary
City Girls' is an intimate portrayal of two young girls from small towns of India now living in Delhi. The film attempts to deconstruct the image of ‘the city’ and what it means for a young woman brought up in an 'elsewhere' she's longed to escape from all her life.
The Middle of the World
Dir : Erika Velenciana; 20 min; United States; Documentary
Three brave girls tell their harrowing stories through a combination of experimental camerawork and paper stop-motion animation to protect their identities, including animation created by survivors.
12.40 pm Panel Discussion
Mr. Manushyaputhiran - poet
Ms. Sraiyanti - cinematographer
Ms.Uma Sakthi - poet
Mr. Jagannath Radhakrishan - filmmaker
Dir: Tim Mummery; 52:11; Australia; Documentary
NAMARALI is a documentary on the charting artist Donny (Yorna) Woolagoodja's quest to rekindle deep connections with his traditional ancestral culture. Yorna's spiritual beliefs revolve around the wandjina - creator beings whose images adorn the caves and rock ledges throughout the Kimberley in Western Australia. Refreshed with new ochre each year by his ancestors the wandjinas are now fading away with the absence of Yorna's people.
NAMARALI was created over 20 years by Tim Mummery and senior knowledge keeper Yorna Woolagoodja (2021 Red Ochre lifetime achievement award).