KRITI FILM CLUB SCREENINGS@Alaknanda
Celebrating the Women’s Day Month: March 2012
Kriti Film Club invites you for its March screenings, marking the Women’s Day Month with explorations of women’s world’s, their diverse issues & perspectives, their stories & journies, their reflections & relationships, their hidden talents, humour & friendship, and much more.... through moving images, voice and the silence that speaks more than words...documentaries that span various timelines and locations, directed by women and men film makers. Come and share this month of viewership and discussion with us and meet some amazing and interesting women (and men) in reel and real spaces!
Screenings will run on two Saturdays this month, 3rd and 17th March 2012. Mark them on your calender in advance so you don’t miss them!
The Kriti team eco-cafe will be open for healthy, organic and tasty small eats during these screenings. Advance bookings welcome for an ecocafe lunch on these dates!
Also pick up a range of personal goods and gifts made by community women from across India, and natural Holi colours, all available at the Gestures stall. Make a selection from a diverse collection of documentaries; development, human rights & environment related books; and resistance music, available at the Docushop!
S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda, New Delhi 110019
Saturday, 17th March, 2012
2.00 pm: HOLY MATRIMONY
(Nirmala Nair/ PSBT/ English, Hindi/ 26 mins./ 2011)
There is ‘want’ and ‘should’; ‘actual’ and ‘ideal’. Set in this space between the actual and the ideal, the Film is about emotions and pressures women go through to fit ideals predetermined by a patriarchal society and the ‘matrimony market’ in urban India. Placing together the aspirations of two young unmarried women and the notions they are expected to fit into, it portrays the contradiction between ‘who I am’ and the ‘ideal’ they are expected to become in order to get married.
2.45 pm: FOUR WOMEN AND A ROOM
(Ambarien Alqadar/ PSBT/ English, Hindi/ 42 mins./ 2008)
The Film explores the complex ways in which women understand and experience ‘motherhood’. It raises the key question of whether motherhood is always a ‘natural’ precondition towards the fulfillment of a woman’s subjectivity.
3.45 pm: MORALITY TV AND THE LOVING JEHAD
(Paromita Vohra/ PSBT/Hindi, English/ 30 mins./ 2007)
The Film looks outside the frames that weave the frenetic tapestry of Breaking News on India’s news channels, to uncover a town’s complex dynamics – the fear of love, the constant scrutiny and control of women’s mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, caste brutalisation and feudal mindsets.
Saturday, 3rd March 2012
2.00 pm: THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL
(Liz Mermin/ Persian,English/ 74 mins / 2004)
An arresting and optimistic portrait of post-Taliban Afghanistan, this theatrical hit captures the wonderfully odd circumstances that bring Afghan and American women together in pursuit of physical beauty and much more. In this utterly unique film, a quirky gaggle of western hairstylists, including Afghan-American women, armed with blow driers and designer scissors, improbably opens a school to teach eager Afghan women the high art of fixing hair. Both humorous and slyly submersive, the film offers poignant moments of culture clash between the Americans and Afghans and touching moments of feminine solidarity.
3.45 pm: SHIFTING PROPHECY
(Merajur Rahman Baruah/ PSBT/ Tamil, Hindi, English / 30 mins./ 2007)
A Film on the struggle of rural Muslim women, in particular that of Daud Sherifa Khanam,to fight the sexist rulings of the conventional jamaat (a group of Islamic male elders who decide on family issues of marriage, dowry, divorce, etc.) and patriarchal social order in Tamil Nadu.
4.30 pm: KANYASHALA
(Ganga Mukhi/ PSBT/ Marathi, Hindi and English / 30 mins./ 2007)
Students from Kanya Vidyalaya, an all-girls’ school at Vajreshwari, share poignant stories of how they joined the School and their dreams for the future. Along the way, the Film looks at how a segregated, all-girls’ space is an extension of existing social norms, enabling certain modes of becoming, while seeking to restrict others.
5.15 pm: KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
(Sanjay Barnela and Samreen Farooqui/ PSBT/, Hindi, English, Gujarati Kutchi / 52 mins./ 2011)
Spanning across multiple musical genres, Tipriti, Shehnaz, Afflatus and Jivi Ben bare their hearts, sing and speak their truths about their aspirations and struggles in a documentary that seamlessly weaves personal stories with the soul of blues, pop, rock and devotional folk music. Kutch and the North East are both far-flung places to the far-east and west of India. The challenges of emerging as a musical star can shake the very roots of family and culture, and yet, each of these women has overcome the odds. Each is living beyond her time. Their personal stories reveal each woman as a power to be reckoned with—the same power that will stir your emotional strings and keep your foot tapping.
The Kriti Film Club is an informal and independent educational initiative of a non-profit organization and has been screening thought-provoking documentaries for debate, action, entertainment and outreach among diverse audiences for twelve years.
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