A documentary on the Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy’s struggle, to evolve a modern literature in a society stuck with caste identities, traditional hypocrisy and language chauvinism.
I’M NOT THE INDIAN YOU HAD IN MIND, Thomas King, Canada, 05’, INPUT
This short film challenges the stereotypical portrayal of First Nations peoples in the media. Thomas King narrates this spoken-word short that offers an insight into how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community. The actors, in typical urban attire are juxtaposed against the loincloth-wearing, tomahawk wielding Natives of yesterday’s spaghetti westerns. Through the use of stock footage, language, and common artifacts the viewer is encouraged to examine the profound role that these one dimensional media representations have played in shaping their perspectives of an entire group of people. The man living next door, the woman working in the next cubicle, or the stoic wood carving in front of the cigar store – which Indian did you have in mind?
Honorable Mention Fargo Film Festival 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival
SCAVENGING DREAMS, Jasmine K. Roy & Avinash
Roy, 30’, PSBT (Followed by discussion with Filmmaker)
The film takes a look at the lives of rag pickers and waste dealers in Delhi. It’s a world which thrives on the waste that the city generates. This is big business and it largely depends on the thousands of children working as rag pickers. The film is about them and their dreams and the dreams of a city somewhere gone haywire.
Festival, Toronto. International Video Festival, Kerala Jeevika South Asia Documentary Festival
APNA ALOO BAZAAR BECHA, Pankaj H. Gupta, 30’, PSBT
Few mountain communities, however remote, remain untouched by globalisation. Jardhar gaon, a typical village of middle Himalaya in the Indian province of Garhwal, led an isolated, egalitarian existence until just 30 years ago, living off an agro-pastoral system that sustained human life and the environment for over six centuries. Today, it is in the middle of a rapid social and environmental transformation. This short documentary, based entirely on local perspectives, reflects on this process of change – what triggers the shift to modernisation and what impacts it has on the personal, social and environmental spaces.
¾ Golden Dear Award, 1st Prize Short Length Film, 8th Ecofilms Festival, Rodos, Greece ¾ Jeevika South Asia Documentary Festival