Taan Bekro - a Kriti Film Club special screening @IHC/ 9 July 2016


Kriti Film Club marks the monsoons with music from the sands of Rajasthan, discovering, celebrating and supporting the cultural heritage of a nomadic tribe of the region. 


TAAN BEKRO (MUSIC OF THE SAND)
by Saumya Sharma 

64 mins/ Hindi & Marwari with English subtitles/ 2014

7 pm,


9 July 2016

Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi


The film will be followed by a discussion with the film maker!



About the Film: A poetic journey of the rendezvous with the nomadic tribe of Rajasthan, commonly known as the Saperas (Snake Charmers) or Kalbeliyas, in a quest to discover their cultural heritage and lifestyle. The film encompasses the vast and beautiful Indian desert into the various ethnic harmonies. This documentary attempts to showcase the problematic isolated lifestyle of this tribe struggling for their existence and social recognition.

About the Film maker: Saumya Sharma is an independent documentary/ethnographic filmmaker & creative writer. Her other works include ‘Mrigtrishna’ on the complex of Nature, Art, Religion & Commercialization; ‘Zardozi - The Golden Thread’ on Zardozi embroidery and ‘Phor Thud – The Platoon’ on an Indian Army Platoon. She is currently working on an ethnographic film titled ‘YaYa’ on the Gond Tribes.

About the Film Club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access space for documentary films.

Thanks to Habitat Programmes at India Habitat Centre for their collaboration to make this screening possible.



Open for All.

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A Better Place - India Premier by Kriti Film Club (10 June 2016, India Habitat Centre, NewDelhi)

The Environment Day month activities by the Kriti team continue as the 
Kriti Film Club presents the India Premiere of a documentary film from Trinidad and Tobago. 

With music as the curatorial thread of screenings this year, The Better Place by Sustain T&T is a must watch for those who believe in acting beyond thinking and celebrating music and culture to tell positive stories of environmental change.

A Better Place
(English/ 60 mins)
Directed by Miquel Galofré
2015 | Trinidad & Tobago
a film project by Sustain T&T
in collaboration with T&T Rocks

10 June 2016
7 pm
Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

The film will be followed by a discussion.

About the Film: A Better Place tells the story of five community- based organizations through the work that they do and how their experiences in diverse communities and areas impacts their view of the world.

Infused with local music, stunning visuals complement stories of hope, resilience and survival. The film also features musical performances from home- grown talent.

The film takes the viewer to five communities in Trinidad & Tobago where people are doing great things, charting their own course and inspiring others to do the same. Each of the featured organizations are also supported by UNDP GEF SGP. 

About the producer: Established in 2011 Sustainable Living T&T (Sustain T&T) brings awareness to the issues of sustainable living and business in Trinidad and Tobago. The organization is dedicated to creating a platform for education, information sharing, and social marketing of behaviours that  are necessary to maintain our environment while diversifying our economy. In 2012 the organization was awarded the prestigious Green Leaf Merit Award from the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) for Communicating on the Environment as a result of work in the areas of film exhibition and production. A marquee event for Sustain T&T is Green Screen | The Environmental Film Series. 2015 marks its 5th year bringing environmentally themed films and lectures to communities throughout the country, for free. The organization focuses on the use of creative methods, like film and special events, to raise awareness, encourage dialogue and information exchange.

About the Film Club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access space for documentary films.

This is an independently organised screening by the Kriti Film Club to mark the environment day month and is open for all. Support our work to take it ahead and reach more audiences.

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Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein - Kriti Film Club specials@IHC - 26 May 2016

Kriti Film Club is showcasing another gem from our collection of music themed documentaries this year. This screening is being held in solidarity with the May Day month and you are invited.

After receiving much appreciation and demand for screenings of the Kabir Project, the Kriti Film Club invities you for another award winning documentary by Director, Shabnam Virmani.

Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein
(Journeys with Sacred & Secular Kabir)

7 pm onwards
26 May 2016 (Thursday)
Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003


The film will be followed by a discussion.


About the Film: In 15th century north India, the mystic weaver Kabir spoke his poems in the market place, his spirituality firmly grounded in the public square. 600 years after his time, Kabir is found in both spaces – sacred and secular. This film interweaves his deification by the Kabir Panth sect with his secular appropriation by the social activist group Eklavya. The story unfolds through the life of Prahlad Tipanya, a Dalit singer whose participation in both domains, begins to raise difficult questions for him about ritual and organized religion. 


About the Filmmaker: Shabnam Virmani, is a documentary film maker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore since 2002.Co-founder of the Drishti Media Arts and Human Rights collective, she has directed several documentaries in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in the country (When Women Unite and Tu Zinda Hai, Bol series among others) and also co-directed an award-winning community radio program with the Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan in Gujarat. Virmani began her career as a sub-editor in The Times of India in Jaipur in 1987. A few months later she made journalistic history when she filed the Sati story on what happened in Deorala village, Rajasthan. The next year she won a scholarship to do a Masters degree in Development Communication at the Cornell University, United States. She tried her hand at filmmaking there and her 20-minute student film"Have a Nice Day," was a personal narrative of her alienation, as an Indian student trying to come to terms with North American culture. Shabnam Virmani is the director of the Kabir Project. Started in 2003, the Kabir project brings together the experiences of a series of journeys in quest of this 15th century mystic poet in our contemporary worlds. It consists of documentary films, 2 folk music videos and 10 music CDs accompanied by books of the poetry in translation. The filmsjourney into contemporary spaces touched by his music and poetry. In her films, Shabnam juxtaposes the urban and the rural, the Indian and the foreign, the classical and the folk, and the secular and the sacred, in their many approaches to Kabir and the search for a universal voice.

About the Film Club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access space for documentary films.

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Note: Films and Music from the Kabir Project will be available at the screening event and can also be ordered online via 
http://www.gestures.in/search.html#q=kabira&page=1

BORN TO SING screening, a Kriti Film Club special @IHC - 21 April 2016

Kriti Film Club invites you to celebrate World Heritage Day and World Earth Day with a film that reflects the connections and traditions of being rooted to our heritage.


Its a celebration of what is inherited, what must continue...musically and otherwise.

Born to Sing 

by Shikha Jhingan

(English/44 mins/2001)

7 pm, 21 April 2016
Gulmohar Hall
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi

About the film: This film profiles the lives of women singers in Punjab- the Marasans. They have been known to carry the darkest secrets of the royalty, from one generation to another. The film takes us through the journey of four Mirasans, who reminisce about the fondness of the patrons of this rich oral tradition.

About the film maker: Shikha Jhingan is an independent documentary film-maker based in Delhi. She graduated from Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia University in 1986. She is also a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Film, and School of Fine Arts. Shikha is a founder member of Media-storm, an independent women’s film making collective formed in Delhi in 1986. Some of her past works include ONCE THIS LAND WAS OURS , THE HIDDEN STORY, PRISONER OF GENDER, and BORN TO SING. She also co-directed THE POWER OF THE IMAGE, a twelve part documentary series on Bombay cinema. HEALTH MATTERS (2005), her latest independent documentary, was shown at MIFF 2006. At present, Jhingan is teaching at the department of Journalism, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. Her research work focuses on performance, practices and circulation of the female voice in Hindi film songs. She has published journal articles on this topic in Seminar and Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal platform for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access and distribution space for documentary films.

Open for all.

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Women's Reels, 11-12 March 2016 Kriti Film Club specials @IHC

Kriti Film Club celebrates the Women's Day month 
with two days of documentaries by women film makers and issues of relevance.
11-12 March 2016 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  • The Other Song by Saba Dewan 
  • Ore Udal (One Body) by Asha Achu Joseph
  • Reflecting Her: Women and Reproductive Health by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa)

The films will be followed by discussion with the film makers/ producers.


Friday, 11 March 2016

7 pm onwards 
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

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THE OTHER SONGby Saba Dewan
(Hindi/Urdu/English/2009/120mins)

In 1935, Rasoolan Bai the well-known singer from Varanasi, recorded for the gramophone a love song that she would never sing again, ‘My breasts are wounded, don’t throw flowers at me.’ A variation of her song, ‘My heart is wounded, don’t throw flowers at me,’ the 1935 recording faded from public memory and eventually got lost. More than 70 years later the film travels through Varanasi to search for the forgotten song. This journey opens a Pandora’s box of life stories, memories, half remembered songs and histories that for long have been banished into oblivion. It brings the film face to face with the enigmatic tawaifs or the courtesans who till a century back were amongst the most educated and privileged of Indian women. Today they stand recast as deviant, their arts, obscene; their story and that of the lost song linked to the making of modern India and the transitions around the control and censorship of female sexualities and cultural expression.


Saturday, 12 March 2016

7 pm onwards
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

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ORE UDAL (One Body) 
(Malayalam/2015/14mins)

by Asha Achy Joseph 
Our social, cultural and political psyche embraces rape and its violence to the extent of making it a ritualistic practice of consumption to the spectator. This film marks the beginning of a journey in search of a narrative where one’s own identity as woman and creator is at stake. Through One Body, the director on its preliminary level intends to look at the void in the mind-space of a woman who is raped. Though subjective to a large extent, this attempt wishes to explore varied layers of experiences that engulf the act of violence as victim and perpetrator.


REFLECTING HER: WOMEN & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 

(English/2016/39mins) 
by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa) / Produced by IAWRT


The film has been shot in four continents by four women directors. It discusses the dilemmas, personal choices, lack of control and violence that women all over the world face over Reproductive Rights. The stories vary but all reflect the theme of a necessity for women to gain greater control over their own bodies.





About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. We offer an independent and informal platform for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access and distribution space for documentary films.

Open for All!


011-26027845/ 26033088
space.kriti@gmail.com
http://krititeam.blogspot.com/