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[OPIRG-EVENTS] South Asian Film Festival in Ottawa
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Travelling Film South Asia
South Asia Partnership
(SAP) is hosting a festival featuring 15 documentaries from South Asia at the
Ottawa Public Library Auditorium (main branch), at 120 Metcalfe, from September
25-30, 2000. The films offer an in-depth review of pressing issues with regard
to culture, lifestyle, history, politics, activism and the environment, and
provide a window on contemporary documentary making in South Asia. Daily ticket
(5$) and Festival Pass (20$) can be purchased from SAP Canada or at the door.
For more information please contact Isabelle Valois/Renée Giroux, at (613)
241-1333; e-mail: email@example.com or visit the following websites for the schedule
and film description: www.sapcanada.org or www.somastation.com or www.savari.com
September 25- 30,
Sept. 25, 2000 – 7PM
Crossing Paths: An exploration of
overlaps’: tourism and industrialization over local
Don't Pass Me By -
Eclectic profiles of 'macho' locals and tourists who come to low both their
minds and muscles at the Nepali resort town of Pokhara. Sarah Kapoor, Christina
Lamey and Kristi Vuorinen. 1999. 40 min. Nepal.
Ko Bonga Buru (Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda) – The state needs uranium
to be mined, but the consequences of negligence are tragic for a vulnerable and
rural population in the Bihar plateau. Winner of the Third Best Film Award at
FSA ’99. Shriprakash. 1999. 76 min.
Sept. 26, 2000 – 7PM
Quest for Freedom: A road too
often traveled on the path to a better life.
Forgotten Army - An expedition with some veterans of Subash Chandra
Bose's Indian National Army to retrace their historic march and the events that
took place between 1942 and 1945. Winner of Grand Jury Prize at FSA ’99. Kabir
Khan. 1997. 105 min. Pre-1947 India.
(Words of Freedom) – Bangladeshi villagers recall the liberation war of 1971,
their memories jogged by a documentary on the war, Muktir Gaan. Tareque and
Catherine Masud. 1999. 80 min.
Sept. 27, 2000 – 7PM
Choice: Dance and religion as the
battleground of the struggle for freedom and personal
Dissent: A Dance of Passion - Dancing in Pakistan means different
things to a classically trained female dancer, a male Kathak dancer, a popular
film actress and a mullah. NoorKhan Bawa. 1999. 22 min.
Fishers of Men - Adivasis of
Chottanagpur plateau have been converting into Christianity for over a century
but of late Hindu activists have launched campaigns to bring them ‘back’. Ranjan
Kamath and Padmavathi Rao. 1997. 117 min. Madhya Pradesh/ India.
Friday Sept. 29, 2000
Identity: The evolution of culture among
Illusion: Surrealism and magic as the vehicles for
leaving an imprint
A Letter to Samten
– Narrated through a ‘personal letter’ to the main protagonist of
the film by the filmmaker in an attempt to understand Bhutanese life left behind
by in India. Alex Gabbay. 1999. 25 min. Darjeeling
Pure Chutney – A US-based Indian
writer interacts with the South Asian diaspora in Trinidad, its “preoccupation
with India” and explores complex matter of identity. Joint Winner of the Second
Best Film Award at FSA ’99. Sanjeev Chatterjee. 1998. 42 min. Trinidad and
Listening to Shadows – An exploration of
the worlds of the sighted and the blind, a dialogue between the filmmaker and
his visually impaired friend. Koushik Sarkar. 1998. 26 min.
No One Believes the Professor – A
surreal voyage with Orpheus Augustus Marcks, a.k.a. Professor Sahib: a Lahori
poet, actor, philosopher, athlete, who walks the line between genius and divine
madness. Joint Winner of the Best Film Award in FSA ’99. Farjad Nabi. 1999. 25
Thin Air – With humour and
compassion, sometimes turning darkly comic and unsettling, three Bombay
magicians are shown as they desperately try to make an imprint on the world.
Joint Winner of the Best Film Award at FSA '99. Ashim Alhuwalia. 1998. 42 min.
Maharastra/India. Skin Deep – With six first-person narratives the film traces
the dynamics of the eternal search for the ideal femininity and how it permeates
the self- image of contemporary Indian women. Reena Mohan. 1998. 83 min.
30, 2000 – 1 PM (13:00)
Aurat: Hardship, plight and
women’s identity in modern South Asia
– With six first-person narratives the film traces the dynamics of
the eternal search for the ideal femininity and how it permeates the self- image
of contemporary Indian women. Reena Mohan. 1998. 83 min.
Jibon (Life) – In Guwahati a mother
perseveres as her 12- year-old school-going son comes down with Duchenne’s
Muscular Dystrophy which has no cure. An impossible situation confronted with
unfaltering hope. Altaf Mazid. 1998. 56 min.
Duhshomoy (A Mother's Lament) –
Recreation of events surrounding the pick-up of a 16-year-old garment factory
worker by the Dhaka police, who is allegedly gang raped and sent to prison for
'safe custody' where she dies under mysterious circumstances. Yasmine Kabir.
1999. 26 min. Bangladesh.
Three Women and a
Camera - One retired and two working women photographers seek to
contextualise their work as photographers, as women and products of their times.
Joint Winner of the Second Best Film Award at FSA '99. Sabeena Gadihoke. 1998.
56 min. India.