Kriti Film Club
invites you for its first screening & interaction with the film maker in 2013
IN GOD'S LAND (72min/HDV)
Director, Camera, Sound Design and Editing: Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Animation: Aditi Chitre
on 17th January 2013 (Thursday)
5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
at S-35 Tara Apartments, Alaknanda
(nearest Metro is Govindpuri), New Delhi 110019
About the Film
After taming a former wasteland through hard work and sweat and creating a community, the settlers start living there. The mythical birth of their village God Sudalai Swami unfolds the village’s unique journey to fight the oppression of the ‘big’ Vanamamalai Temple. Now that the clergy owns the land, the settlers are reduced to being tenant farmers and must make way for redevelopment after the land is sold off for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A dispute over god’s land begins.
In God’ Land is not simply about the fight between the priests and the farmers. Using animation, it recounts the history of the land and satirizes the exploitation perpetuated by religion and class distinction. The film looks at land within the larger issue of development, forcing us to recognize the totalitarian attitude of the ideals of development, ostensibly to bring economic prosperity but rarely a benefit to real users. But the film’s most interesting element is the people living on this god’s land.
Supported by AND fund, Korea, World premiere @ Busan Film Festival,
Official Selection for competition, Wide Angle Documentary Section
About the Film maker
Graduating from Pune’s Film and Television Institute in 1992, and specialising in Film Editing, Pankaj was assisted editor on Shekhar Kapur's Bandit Queen. After editing documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film KUMAR TALKIES. Subsequently, Pankaj has become a one man crew producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films. (Pather Chujaeri, The Vote, Gharat, 3 Men and a Bulb). His films have been screened at festivals all over the world. He has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, AND (KOREA), Banff, Majlis and Sarai. Pankaj was awarded an Asia Society fellowship at Harvard Asia Centre (2003). He was a TA at the first Asian Film Academy (Pusan). Pankaj also curates and teaches.
Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development research, praxis and communication team. We offer an independently financed and informal space for screening documentary films on a whole range of social, development, human rights & environment issues. The whole idea of the KRITI Film Club is to place thought-provoking cinema in a discussion group that will help to deepen understanding on these issues amongst viewers and film-makers. We also serve as a borrowing & distribution space for documentary films from India and abroad.
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