FSA 2013 Schedule

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PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT – TUESDAY, 1 OCTOBER 2013 – YALAMAYA KENDRA, PATAN DHOKA
2.30 PM Press Conference
4 PM ALPAVIRAMA 2011 curated and presented by Arun Gupta, NID

 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTWEDNESDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2013 – MANDALA THEATRE, ANAM NAGAR
2 PM TALK: “Villains, Vamps and PLTs (People Like Them) – Villainy and Vice, Hindi Cinema Ishtyle”- Arun Gupta, NID

 

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
11 AM Opening Ceremony
*By Invitation Only
12 PM Opening Film (TBA)
*By Invitation Only
1 PM
BROKEN
15′ | Sri Lanka
A former champion high jumper returns to his home in northern Sri Lanka and reflects on the government’s efforts to bring about reconciliation between communities.

HOW TO BUILD AN AFGHAN BOX CAMERA
10′ | Afghanistan
Manawar Shah, a young carpenter in Kabul builds a kamra-e-faoree (box camera) in this short film.
2 PM
LIFE BEGINS WITH TEARS
79′ | Bangladesh
Shana is a wild and unruly Bangladeshi young woman of London who secretly marries a devout Muslim boy from Bangladesh because she thinks he will make a good father for the child she desperately wants.
2 PM
LITTLE AFGHANISTAN
29′ | Afghanistan
Vintage horse-drawn carriages mingle with heavy automobile traffic as their coachmen attempt to resist the pressing urban planning desires.
HALF VALUE LIFE
25′ | Afghanistan
Mrya Basher, Afghanistan’s first woman senior provincial investigator puts her life in danger supporting mistreated young women.
3.45 PM
FIRE IN THE BLOOD
84′ | India, Global
A group of public figures comes together to fight a syndicate of pharmaceutical companies blocking access to low cost AIDS treatment for Africa and the global South.
4.00 PM WHY POVERTY? Short Films Package KIMFF Short Film Competition LAUNCH

 

DAY 2 – FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
9.45 AM
ALGORITHMS*
96′ | India
Three talented blind chess players challenge our perceptions of sight and seeing as they compete at chess championships around the world.
10 AM
NO. 62, PANSODAN STREET
13′ | Burma
Behind the crumbling facade of one of Yangon’s grand old colonial edifices, live those who call this piece of history home.
THE STORY OF ONE
19′ | Sri Lanka
The story of the disappearance of an American priest and a Sri Lankan boy during the civil war.
12 PM
A PRAYER FOR ALIYAH
28′ | India
A Jewish community in Northeast India struggles to prove they are the descendents of the Lost Tribe of Menasseh.

 

11 AM
PANEL: Representations of Southasia- Sadanand Menon, Shahidul Alam, Mallika Shakya in conversation with Kanak Mani Dixit [90″]
Launch of Himal Southasian Q4

 

THE STORY OF YOMARI*
18′ | Nepal
An exploration of the religious, symbolic and practical significance of ‘Yomari’, a Newari delicacy.
1.15 PM
THE HUMAN FACTOR*
76′ | India
The fascinating, little-known story of the Lords, a Parsi family of Mumbai who have worked in the film industry for over 60 years as orchestra musicians for Bollywood films.
1 PM
CHECK POINT
29′ | Afghanistan
Policemen inspect cars that enter into Kabul, all they know is to keep the city safe.
BULBUL
24′ | Afghanistan
Bulbul and his gang wash cars on the streets of Kabul, working for pittance, and returning the city’s indifference with a solidarity, humor and cruelty.
3.15 PM
BIG IN BOLLYWOOD
74′ | India
The friends of Omi Vaidhya document his atomic rise to fame following the release of the film ‘3 Idiots’, and the difficulties he faces after returning to Mumbai.

 

2.30 PM
TALK
Gargi Sen from Magic Lantern Movies [60″]
4.45 PM
WHO WILL BE A GURKHA*
75′ | Nepal
The film follows potential Gurkha candidates through the rigorous recruitment process for a coveted place in the British Army.
3.45 PM
THE POISON TELLER
23′ | Bangladesh
Islam, Shumon and Rashed, three friends who sell insecticides in the city of Dhaka begin to feel that there is little difference between people and the cockroaches targeted by the product they sell.
THE STRIKE*
20′ | Bangladesh
A comparison of the ‘glorious’ history of the hartal in Bangladesh and its present-day avatar.
5.00 PM
TRANSGENDER: PAKISTAN’S OPEN SECRET
54′ | Pakistan
Three transgender individuals in Karachi attempt to become equals in a conservative society

 

DAY 3 – SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
9.45 AM
MACHINE MAN
15′ | Bangladesh
In 21st century Dhaka, manual labour is still used to perform the machine-like tasks essential for the functioning of the city
10 AM
GAUR IN MY GARDEN
27′ | India
Humans and the endangered Indian Bison struggle to live side by side in the Nilgiri mountains.
THE OLD PHOTOGRAPHER*
16′ | Burma
An affectionate portrait of ninety-year-old Indian photographer GM Ahuja, who still lives in the once-popular photographic studio in downtown Yangon that his father opened almost a century ago.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD*
15′ | India
A bleak analysis of mass consumption in society and the inequalities in supply and demand we no longer notice
10.45 PM
PLAYING WITH NAN*
88′ | Nepal
The story of 28-year-old Ram, who migrates to northern Japan to work in a Nepali restaurant, his daily life and family back home.
11.15 AM
INVOKING JUSTICE
86′ | India
Fed up with male-dominated councils (jamaats), a group of Muslim women in south India form their own council to challenge the corrupt judicial system.
1 PM
PANEL: CENSORSHIP with editor of Nepali Times Kunda Dixit, journalist Naryan Wagle, photographer and activist from Bangladesh Shahidul Alam and film maker from Burma Thet Oo Maung.
1.15 PM
ELEMENTAL
93′ | India/Global
The story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.
3 PM
EXPECTING
30′ | Afghanistan/Belgium
In Belgium, the challenges faced by two refugees thrown together by love and circumstance make their life together seem harder than the lives they fled.
3.15 PM
MISS NIKKI AND THE TIGER GIRLS
75′ | Burma
Burma’s first girl band seek to break into the music industry as political and societal changes sweep across their country.
3.45 PM
CELLULOID MAN
150′ | India
A tribute to the film collector and founder of the National Film Archive of India, P.K Nair.
4.45 PM
NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS
77′ | Afghanistan
Stories of inmates in a female prison show how moral matters are used to control women in Afghan society.
SATURDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2013 – YALAMAYA KENDRA, PATAN DHOKA
Tickets available at the door. First come first serve so get there early to get a spot.
6.30 PM
NO FIRE ZONE
93′ | Sri Lanka
Personal stories and footage recorded by both victims and perpetrators documents the final traumatic months of the Sri Lankan civil war.
BROKE
15′ | Sri Lanka
A former champion high jumper returns to his home in northern Sri Lanka and reflects on the government’s efforts to bring about reconciliation between communities.
THE STORY OF ONE
19′ | Sri Lanka
The story of the disappearance of an American priest and a Sri Lankan boy during the civil war.
DAY 4 – SUNDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2013
QFX KUMARI HALL 1 QFX KUMARI HALL 2
10 AM
SAVING FACE
52′ | Pakistan
The story of two acid-attack survivors and the struggle of women across Pakistan to bring their assailants to justice.
10 AM
SAMA
52′ | India
An exploration of the Islamic music traditions of India and the connection with the divine shared by individual musicians..
11.15 PM
SALMA
90′ | India
The secret writings of a girl who is locked away by her parents as she reaches puberty cause outrage in her community and inspired readers all over south India.
11.15 AM
KABUL AMBULANCE
29′ | Afghanistan
A team made up of a driver and a doctor, who, having lost a child in a bomb attack, fights every day to save others’ lives.
LETTER TO LIGHT*
15′ | Afghanistan
Jhamsid (13) is growing blind by the day, and all he wishes for is to run around and play like the other kids.
1 PM
THE VOICE OF GOD
10′ | India
If God came down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, he would probably end up as a successful voice-over artiste, lending voice to thousands of films, documentaries and public service features in India…
12.30 PM
ARE YOU LISTENING!*
90′ | Bangladesh
Rakhhi, Soumen and Rahul and other families in their community fight to reclaim their livelihood in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila.
MY PUNJABI LOVE FOR YOU
17′ | Pakistan
A female protagonist tries to rescue her kidnapped husband in a film that subverts the dominant gender narratives of contemporary Pakistani cinema.
2 PM
IMMORAL DAUGHTERS
64′ | India
Five young Jat women challenge their elders and societal conventions on the meaning of ‘immorality’ in this chilling tale.
2.15 PM
CHAR…NO MAN’S ISLAND
88′ | India
A story of life, smuggling and dreams of school on the river Padma between India and Bangladesh.
4.30 PM AWARDS & CLOSING CEREMONY *By invitation only

* FILM MAKER ATTENDING Ticket price Rs. 50 per person/ per show. Tickets will be available at QFX Kumari for the duration of the festival.

 

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  • ‘The Running Hawker’: Shot over a period of three years, the film follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India’s working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as ‘informal’. This informality is constituted by a state of suspension in the zone between legality and illegality. The film attempts a presentation of the question of the hawkers’ livelihood at a time when the world of commodity trade is increasingly moving to bigger sites of supermarkets and malls in India. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Running Hawker’: Shot over a period of three years, the film follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India’s working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as ‘informal’. This informality is constituted by a state of suspension in the zone between legality and illegality. The film attempts a presentation of the question of the hawkers’ livelihood at a time when the world of commodity trade is increasingly moving to bigger sites of supermarkets and malls in India. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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  • The festival is getting closer! Film Southasia Director Mitu Varma was interviewed today on the upcoming event and the soon-to-be-released schedule. Stay tuned. #fsa2017

    filmsouthasia: "The festival is getting closer! Film Southasia Director Mitu Varma was interviewed today on the upcoming event and the soon-to-be-released schedule. Stay tuned. #fsa2017"
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  • ‘The Colour of My Home’: No sting, no expose', no scoop on why/how/who engineered the pogrom…just an attempt to understand what it means to be uprooted and then "rehabilitated". What does it take to "move on" after a violent displacement? How do you explain a new home to your child? To live with the tag, "IDP" or "Internally Displaced Person", as described in official parlance? How do you reclaim citizenship in times such as these? #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Colour of My Home’: No sting, no expose', no scoop on why/how/who engineered the pogrom…just an attempt to understand what it means to be uprooted and then "rehabilitated". What does it take to "move on" after a violent displacement? How do you explain a new home to your child? To live with the tag, "IDP" or "Internally Displaced Person", as described in official parlance? How do you reclaim citizenship in times such as these? #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘The Cinema Travellers’: A Cannes prize-winning film, this is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. The film has won ten national and international awards. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia #cannes

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Cinema Travellers’: A Cannes prize-winning film, this is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. The film has won ten national and international awards. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia #cannes"
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  • ‘The Books We Made’: Inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women, the film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focuses on the feminist politics and friendships that make this survival possible. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #southasia #festival

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Books We Made’: Inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women, the film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focuses on the feminist politics and friendships that make this survival possible. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #southasia #festival"
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  • ‘Sri Lanka, ghosts of war (Sri Lanka, les fantômes de la guerre)’: Seven years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, French journalist Vanessa Dougnac travels through the North of the country searching for testimonies and remains of the conflict. Thousands of civilians were estimated killed in the last months, when the Sri Lankan army launched its final offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers. The documentary tells about the mechanism of a so-called war on terror. It offers the victims the possibility to go against the official version of a perfectly-led military operation, and speak about their own dreadful experiences. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Sri Lanka, ghosts of war (Sri Lanka, les fantômes de la guerre)’: Seven years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, French journalist Vanessa Dougnac travels through the North of the country searching for testimonies and remains of the conflict. Thousands of civilians were estimated killed in the last months, when the Sri Lankan army launched its final offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers. The documentary tells about the mechanism of a so-called war on terror. It offers the victims the possibility to go against the official version of a perfectly-led military operation, and speak about their own dreadful experiences. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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  • ‘Soz - A Ballad of Maladies’: Of folk, rock and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in Kashmir valley. It is a portrait of those musicians and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in the region. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Soz - A Ballad of Maladies’: Of folk, rock and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in Kashmir valley. It is a portrait of those musicians and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in the region. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergere Des Glaces)’: Way up in Ladakh—at 16,500 feet, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley—lives a shepherdess with a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on a huge deserted rock-strewn mountain. Over a year, Tsering shares with us her lonely life among animals in an extreme environment. In spite of these tough conditions, she shows an astonishingly strong spirit. She preserves a traditional ecological way of living. But for how long ? #fsa2017 #festival #documentary #southasia #film

    filmsouthasia: "‘Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergere Des Glaces)’: Way up in Ladakh—at 16,500 feet, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley—lives a shepherdess with a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on a huge deserted rock-strewn mountain. Over a year, Tsering shares with us her lonely life among animals in an extreme environment. In spite of these tough conditions, she shows an astonishingly strong spirit. She preserves a traditional ecological way of living. But for how long ? #fsa2017 #festival #documentary #southasia #film"
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  • ‘Save Gangamaya’: Ms. Gangamaya Adhikari and Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, a couple from Gorkha (Nepal) sat on a hunger protest in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, demanding justice for the 2004 murder of their teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. They were forcefully admitted at Bir Hospital, however on September 22, 2014, Nanda Prasad breathed his last at his 333 days of hunger protest. On October 19, 2014, the Nepali government promised justice to Gangamaya and ended her 359 days of fast-unto-death. However, justice has not yet been served, and despite her very weak and deteriorating health Gangamaya once again begins her indefinite hunger protest. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Save Gangamaya’: Ms. Gangamaya Adhikari and Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, a couple from Gorkha (Nepal) sat on a hunger protest in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, demanding justice for the 2004 murder of their teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. They were forcefully admitted at Bir Hospital, however on September 22, 2014, Nanda Prasad breathed his last at his 333 days of hunger protest. On October 19, 2014, the Nepali government promised justice to Gangamaya and ended her 359 days of fast-unto-death. However, justice has not yet been served, and despite her very weak and deteriorating health Gangamaya once again begins her indefinite hunger protest. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘Satisal In Inferno (Dadelo Bhitra ka Satisaal)’: A tribute to singers, who, against all odds, have been lending their voices to marginalized underdogs in Nepal for over 50 years. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Satisal In Inferno (Dadelo Bhitra ka Satisaal)’: A tribute to singers, who, against all odds, have been lending their voices to marginalized underdogs in Nepal for over 50 years. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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