KRITI FILM CLUB screening...23rd Feb, at 4 pm



a film by Amar Kanwar
(1 hour 56 minutes, 2007, English)

Editing - Sameera Jain
Camera - Ranjan Palit
Sound - Suresh Rajamani
Assistant Director - Sandhya Kumar
Graphic Design - Sherna Dastur

starting 4.00 pm
on Saturday, 23rd February 2008
(followed by a discussion with the film maker!)

S-35 Tara Apartments, Alaknanda
New Delhi 110019
Phone: 26027845/ 26033088

Open for all but a line of confirmation would be great
so we can keep space, kullad wali chai and some namkeen for you!

About the Film
Why is one image different from the other? Why does an image seem to contain many secrets? What can release them so as to suddenly connect with many unknown lives. The Lightning Testimonies reflects upon a history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. As the film explores this violence, there emerge multiple submerged narratives, sometimes in people, images and memories, and at other times in objects from nature and everyday life that stand as silent but surviving witnesses. In all narratives the body becomes central - as a site for honour, hatred and humiliation and also for dignity and protest. As the stories unfold, women from different times and regions come forward. The film speaks to them directly, trying to understand how such violence is resisted, remembered and recorded by individuals and communities. Narratives hidden within a blue window or the weave of a cloth appear, disappear and are then reborn in another vocabulary at another time. Using a range of visual vocabularies the film moves beyond suffering into a space of quiet contemplation, where resilience creates a potential for transformation.

About the Filmmaker
Amar Kanwar holds the distinction of being the only Indian film-maker to exhibit at the world-famous documenta Art Festival, held every 5 years in Kassel, Germany. An independent documentary film-maker working from New Delhi for over fifteen years, Kanwar engages the conditions of contemporary India - with recent films on ecology, politics, art and philosophy. His documentaries have received several awards and have been widely broadcast and screened. He is also the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in India. His films have also been exhibited at the Earth Summit 2002 in South Africa.

About the Film Club
We offer an informal space for screening documentary & mainstream films as well as slide shows, on a whole range of issues connected with development, human rights & social attitudes/ trends once a month. We also serve as a borrowing & buying space for documentary films. Consistently screening films since 1999 in New Delhi, non-funded and surviving on our audiences' contribution into our 'gullak' (collection box)!

* Pick your copy of a people's movement resource, 'Our Diary 2008'.
*Visit our Docushop for rights' music, books, documentary films and greeting cards.
*Visit our Gestures stall for organic food and beauty products; cotton and woolen garments; jute and cloth bags; all directly from producing collectives across India.