Saturday, May 9, 2009

[screenings] When the Lights Went Out

"Me and my gal, my gal's son
We got met with a tear gas bomb
I don't even know why we come
Goin' back where we come from
Oxford Town in the afternoon
Ev'rybody singin' a sorrowful tune"

- Bob Dylan, Oxford Town

”I never had a problem with drugs, only with cops"
- Keith Richards

The Law and Society Committee of the National Law School of India University in collaboration with Bangalore Film Society is organizing a two day film festival at the Alliance Francaise on the 13-14 May, 2009. The theme for this year seeks to explore the various facets of an individual’s interactions with the State; whether it is in form of dissent or affirmation of the activities that the State undertakes. The festival has two components- screening of certain selected documentaries and screening entries received in the competition segment of the festival.

We invite everyone to this festival. Please find below the schedule and a brief synopsis of the features movies.


May 13, 2009

Way Back Home – Director: Supriyo Sen 3:30 p.m.

Total Denial
– Director: Milena Kaneva 6:00 p.m.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
– Director: David Leaf & John Scheinfeld 7:30 p.m.

May 14, 2009

Blank Reel Competition – Screening of the winning films 3:00 p.m.

Parivartan – Director: Radhika Kaul Batra 6:15 p.m.

Venezuela Rising – Director: Jennifer Wager 7:00 p.m.

Morality TV Aur Loving Jihad – Director: Paromitra Vohra 8.30

For further details please contact,
Aishwarya - +91 98869 47147.

The State and the Individual

Total Denial: [Milena Kaneva]

Watch Burma being strangled as a result of a pipeline venture by two oil companies, TOTAL and UNOCAL in association with the military junta. What results is slave labour, rape, murder, a battle between the indigenous people and of course Doe v. UNOCAL- the first law suit of its kind. A story of Victory.

Morality TV and Loving Jehad: Ek Manohar Kahani [Paromita Vohra]

In winter 2005 in the town of Meerut, India, police officers, mostly women, swooped down on lovers in a park and began to beat them up. The film looks at a town's complex dynamics – the fear of love, the constant scrutiny and control of women's mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, caste and feudal equations. All in juicy Indian Style!

Venezuela Rising: [Jennifer Wager]

As seen through the eyes of grandmother and community organizer Gladys Bolivar, the documentary follows her and her compatriots five days before it is to be decided by popular referendum whether Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will continue in office or step down. The entire nation has been mobilized – will it be SI – yes he will be recalled, or NO – he will remain in office.

Way Back Home: [Supriyo Sen]

A Refugee Film.. After spending a considerable period in West Bengal as refugees, Supriyo’s parents made a journey to the place they had left, the home they were forced to leave during partition. In their way back home, Supriyo followed them with his camera.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon [David leaf + John Scheinfeld]

A documentary film about British musician John Lennon's transformation from a member of The Beatles to a rallying anti-war activist striving for world peace during the late 1960s and early 1970s and the attempts of the Nixon government to silence him.


1 comment:

humanprojector said...

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
It was nice going back to Lennon. I don’t have much to say about the documentary as such. When you have a subject like Lennon, you must exercise restraint in trying to contain and select what you want to showcase and what you want to omit. Certainly not the case with this film – an all-out pro-anti-establishment fest, riding high high and higher on the man, his songs, rare footage, authorityspeak, fanspeak and the overallization of everything in a political wrap. Personally, I have lesser regard for films that take politics both too lightly or too seriously, and when you have someone like Lennon at the centrepiece of a political debate, some detachment or musical tangent can always be used often, because no matter how many reality bites one puts, the things that will linger in your head will always be the lesser important ones. And that is something certified Lennon, a point the film tried so hard at making.

I thought it could have used some subtle language instead of using so many interviews and hovering around the same point over. Obviously you can always go back and say its Lennon, you won’t get it. Exactly my point.