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16-20 September 2008 (By prior registration only)

Venue: Basement Theatre

Some of the most vital elements in creating powerful and engaging films are the most basic. These intensive Workshops aim to bring to the participants some of the best and most experienced names in documentary filmmaking to revisit the essential aspects of filmmaking relating to production, content, camera, editing and sound. Each of these stages is crucial to the process of creating a film. The interactive Workshops will provide to filmmakers the space and platform to learn from specialists from the field and engage in sharing of ideas and knowledge. Through dialogue and conversations, the Workshops will help broaden the participants’ understanding of filmmaking and its processes and nuance the skills and techniques employed in their work.

Schedule (Subject to change)

Tuesday, 16 September

ASPECTS OF FILMMAKING I Thinking through Form: Documentary Filmmaking by Amar Kanwar

A workshop about analysing the image and thinking through the dilemmas of visual languages and form while making documentaries and films.

Emerging from the Indian subcontinent, Amar Kanwar's films are complex, contemporary narratives that connect intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political processes. Finding a contextual relationship with diverse audiences, Kanwar's work maps a journey of exploration revealing our relationship with the politics of power, violence, sexuality and justice. Amar Kanwar is the recipient of the 1st Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art from Norway, an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, USA, the MacArthur Fellowship in India, the Golden Gate Award (San Francisco International Film Festival); Golden Conch (Mumbai International Film Festival); The First Prize (Torino International Film Festival, Italy); Jury's Award (Film South Asia, Nepal), Grand Prix at EnviroFilm, Slovak Republic and the Golden Tree at the 1st National Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, Delhi. His films are screened in several film festivals and museums like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Museum in Oslo, Norway, Stedelijk Musuem, Amsterdam. He has also participated in Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007), Kassel, Germany.

Wednesday, 17 September

ASPECTS OF FILMMAKING II Telling Stories through the Documentary by Shohini Ghosh & Sabeena Gadihoke, James Beveridge Media Resource Centre, AJK MCRC

The Workshop is designed as a refresher module for existing practitioners of non-fiction. The sessions hope to address debates around issues of representation, ethics and the role of subjectivity within documentary practice.

Shohini Ghosh is Zakir Hussain Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. She has been Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Cornell University, USA (1990-1996); Globalisation-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago (2001), Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law


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