Saturday, August 24th 2013
   
     
       
Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey
11.00 am - 12.15 pm
  Much Ado About Knotting
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
  Do Pahar + Dosa Hunt
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
  Celluloid Man
4.00 pm - 6.30 pm
  Girl Rising
7.00 pm - 8.45 pm
     
Sunday, August 25th 2013
   
     
       
Lessons in Forgetting
11.00 am - 12.55 pm
  Shorts Collection
1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
  Still Standing
3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
  The Human Factor
4.30 pm - 5.50 pm
  Shunyo Awnko
6.15 pm - 8.30 pm

Features

Celluloid Man

Come celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema with Asha. To say that P.K. Nair is a film legend would be an understatement. A walking master of Indian film knowledge, archivist Nair is responsible for building the National Film Archive of India can by can, purely on devotion and passion alone. CELLULOID MAN, directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, explores the life and work of this legendary guardian of Indian cinema. He was responsible for influencing a generation of Indian filmmakers. The fact that Dadasaheb Phalke is recognized today as the father of Indian cinema is Nair’s doing.
Visually stunning, the film follows Nair's journey through personal stories and interviews with Indian cinema luminaries. As the history of Indian cinema unfolds on the screen, what emerges is a portrait of a man so in love with cinema that everything else in his life took second place, including his family. The fact that India has a cinematic heritage at all is the single-handed achievement of this man.
CELLULOID MAN, winner of two National Awards, 2013, is essential viewing for anyone interested in cinema and the incredibly visceral imagery harks to the feeling of falling in love with the cinema for the first time.

Much Ado About Knotting

Born into a society obsessed with marriages, a young girl, a not-so-young man and an NRI couple are compelled by tradition to look for matches via classifieds, matchmaking bureaus and websites. Confronted with innumerable criteria that determine who is acceptable and who isn't, they question themselves and their choices. As they introspect, the melee of the matchmaking industry continues. At every turn, there are service providers who are ready to snoop, style and solicit potentials on their behalf. The Film is a lighthearted chronicle of this very predicament that almost every Indian faces. A Film by Geetika Narang Abbasi and Anandana Kapur.

The Human Factor

This documentary investigates song and music in the context of the Indian filmic experience. Although singers, music directors, the lyricists are all publicly celebrated for their work and have attained almost legendary status in popular culture, many unseen - and uncredited - musicians make up the orchestras that played on those songs and the background scores. The Human Factor focuses closely in on the story of the Lords, a family of Parsi musicians whose contribution to Hindi film music parallels that of any of the great music directors or singers, yet is widely unknown. But the story of the Lords is not theirs alone, but represents thousands of other composers. This documentary is crucial to providing an obscure chapter in the history of Indian cinema, replete with rare archival material, which provides viewers with a subaltern history of Bollywood. About the Director: Rudradeep Bhattacharjee was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, and obtained his postgraduate diploma in Film and Television Production from Xavier Institute of Communications, in Mumbai, where he has lived for the past twelve years working as an Independent Filmmaker. A self-described generalist, he does not have any hobbies.

Still Standing

Still Standing is an awe inspiring story of courage, determination and the unbreakable spirit of a man who defied all odds after doctors pronounced him hundred percent disabled. Paralysed neck downwards and bedridden for the last 24 years, Rajinder Johar has been helping other disabled people stand on their feet and become self reliant. The film follows a few disabled individuals after they come into contact with Rajinder and the effect it has on their lives. It takes us on an incredible journey of a man who not only won over his own disability but has become a ray of hope for other disabled people in India. A Pennywise Films Production. Directed, Photographed and Edited by Pankaj Johar

Shunyo Awnko

"Shunyo Awnko is a Bengali Feature Film directed by Goutam Ghose. Are these two tales of one country? Or, are there two countries -- distinct and different? Two Indias, one…confident, vibrant and growing. Where liberalism is the order of the day, where consumerism tells the last word, where the future shines bright. Another pushed to the margin. Poor, helpless, denied of even basic necessities of existence. The two ‘countries’ stare at each other. With hope and despair, belief and suspicion, joy and tears manifest in the faces of their people. Against this backdrop, we find six principal characters that every now and then recall their past memories, are bound by daily compulsions, yet have dreams of varying colours and shades. At the same time issues of insurgency, infiltration and proxy wars co-exist in tandem. The film, set in stark contrast through a maze of visual imagery, complex characters and changing landscapes, wakes us to a lofty realization -----“One whom you keep beneath will only tie you down … One whom you keep behind will also drag you backwards”. About the Director: Goutam Ghose has made 13 feature films and over 30 documentaries and shorts. Made his first documentary – New Earth in 1973 followed by Hungry Autumn which won him the main award at the Oberhausen Film Festival. Has won 15 National Awards, 3 Filmfare Awards and many others. Won the Golden Peacock at IFFI 2010 for “Moner Manush. His International awards include the Silver Balloon Award at Nantes Film Festival, UNESCO Award – at Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prix - Golden Semurg at Tashkent, UNESCO Award at Venice, Fipresci Award, the Red Cross Award at Verna Film Festival and his last Bengali feature film Moner Manush (The Quest) had won the Golden Peacock award in IFFI, Goa in 2010. Also the only Indian to win the coveted Vittori Di Sica Award. Was awarded the Knighthood of the Star of the Italian Solidarity in July 2006."

Girl Rising

A groundbreaking film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl rising celebrates the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Voice performances by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington.

Lessons in Forgetting

Adult Content (brief nudity/sexual content). Viewer discretion recommended.

An adaptation of Anita Nair's book, by the same name: Lessons in Forgetting, is a gripping and heart warming story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances.
At the heart of the story is a single father, J.A. Krishnamurthy or JAK, as he is fondly called, played effectively by Adil Hussain; the story is woven around how JAK relentlessly follows a trail left by delicate clues to find out how his teenage daughter, Smriti (played by debutante, Maya Tideman) ended up in hospital, completely broken. Helping JAK in his chase is a single mother Meera (played by Roshni Achreja), who is unable to make sense of her husband's callousness; he walks out on their marriage, out of the blue, leaving her to bring up their two growing children and care for her aging mother and grandmother, all on her own. Fate brings two searching souls in JAK and Meera together.
It is JAK's desperate attempt for closure on a gruesome incident affecting his daughter and his need for redemption that takes both Meera and him through a rocky trail that turns his life upside down. In the event, gives a peek into his daughter's unfamiliar world. The subplot subtly touches the subject of female foeticide and how fiercely guarded the issue is.
The film tells the story of an ordinary human being in an ordinary fashion. No super heroes, just life playing its game.

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is the harrowing adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. Battling the most treacherous terrain on earth, they spread their message of ecological compassion through human’s most basic means –by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example. Barely surviving injuries, illness, and starvation, the trekkers emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world. Shot with solar power by Ladakhi monk Ngawang Sodpa, PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey features United Nations MDG Honoree H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa and supporter Aamir Khan. The film is executive produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah, and it is the debut feature project of writer/director Wendy J.N. Lee

Short Films

Dosa Hunt

DOSA HUNT is a short film by Amrit Singh featuring a diverse group of music-world friends -- Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist's Himanshu Suri and Ashok "Dapwell" Kondabolu, Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, Neon Indian's Alan Palomo, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and Stereogum's Executive Editor, Singh -- on a quest to find their hometown's best dosa. The delicious traditional South Indian crepe has earned this long-overdue cinematic closeup. But our our heroes' journey -- bantering in an Indian disco van, eating their way through the restaurants and grocery stores of Manhattan and Queens -- also explores the shared and respective cultures of this vibrant group of NYC artists in the wilds of their city. Called “sharply funny” by New York Magazine, “part No Reservations, part Big Brother part something smarter” by Interview Magazine, and “a short film about the Indian community’s growth and search for cultural roots in the US” by The Times Of India, DOSA HUNT is a snapshot of a transitional generation in America's immigrant/art experience, in hot pursuit of good food. Set to a killer soundtrack.

Mr. Shanbag's Shop

Mr. Shanbag’s Shop is a short documentary by Asha Ghosh that provides an intimate portrait of the owner of Premier Books, a bookshop that has been located in the heart of the city of Bangalore in India for over 35 years. In the shop, customers negotiate their way amidst the stacks of books, digging through the layers of books to reveal, as one customer describes, “an archaeology of literary life.” Both the bookshop and its owner charm the residents and visitors in the city and have become institutions in their own rights. In 2006, Mr. Shanbag is faced with possibly having to close his shop when his landlords decide not to renew his lease due to the value of the property in this fast-changing city.

Daadi

She was a star during Bollywood's Golden Age; now, she's an 87-year-old grandmother living in a senior home in Harlem. Daadi is the true story of magic and memory, and the difference between living and being alive.

Petals in the Dust (PREVIEW)

Petals in the Dust: India’s Missing Girls, a film by Nyna Pais Caputi is aimed at creating awareness and spurring action in the Indian and the International communities by telling the story of the ongoing bias and violence against women through female foeticide and infanticide. The film will explore the reasons behind the origins of this gender bias, why it is still so prevelant and its consequences. The film will also document the experiences of women up and down the economic scale who have been direct and indirect victims of this bias. Finally, Petals In The Dust will profile some of the activists and non-profit organizations that are working to create awareness, end this cycle of gender-based violence, and empower women. With cinematography capturing both the turmoil and beauty of India with regards to its women, coupled with personal and heart-wrenching interviews, Petals In the Dust will engage the audience while emphasizing the message that this unsettling issue cannot be ignored.

Dharavi Diary

Dharavi Diary started as a ​short ​documentary film by Nawneet Ranjan, following the lives of the people living and working in the recycling capital, Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India. Now it’s grown into a slum innovation project fusing entrepreneurship, innovation, storytelling, design thinking and creative technologies to harness the opportunities and skills of our collaborators in the slum. This will help the community to rise out of poverty and innovate global sustainability. We invite you to re-imagine the slum; re-imagine the chaos as dynamism and the disorderly layout as organic; re-imagine the ramshackle construction as innovative design and the lawlessness as cooperativeness without formal policing; and re-imagine the desperation of slum dwellers as drive and enthusiasm to make a better life for themselves.

Do Pahar

Sudha, an old woman survives her remaining days on scraps of leftover food, abuse from her son and watching the world from the countless windows of her ancestral house. It's Diwali. For two days now, she's noticed a man, Bilal, outside her window waiting for someone. With unabashed curiosity, Sudha keeps vigil on Bilal. When Bilal catches her staring and confronts her, she audaciously invites him in for a glass of water. Do Pahar is about an unlikely bond that develops between an old woman and a hit man. As the afternoon progresses in wait for Bilal's target, Sudha kindles in him humanity and a few forgotten memories of his childhood while he, in turn, instills in her a newfound fortitude. Endearing and fearless like its protagonist, Do Pahar, a film by Shazia Shrivastava and Sharifa Roy, is a compelling tale about two people that blur the lines between right and wrong.