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The organisers of the first-ever festival of Subcontinental documentaries were delighted about both the quality of works submitted, as well as their representativeness of the Southasian region as a whole. The number of filmmakers who attended the festival also encouraged us to contemplate this as a regular biennial festival, one which will help in improving the audience and market for documentaries in the region.

The primary criteria for selection of films for the festival was the subject: the films could be made by anyone (including non- Southasians), but must be about Southasia or Southasians.  Beyond this, the selection panel went first by overall excellence in filmmaking.  It then also considered the representativeness of the films, in terms of region as well as subject area.

Altogether 135 films were submitted to Film Southasia ’97.  Fifty-five were selected for final exhibition.  The 51 films in the competitive section were made after January 1995; four were in the non-competitive section.  A rough categorization of the films shown reveals the following: 20 were social commentary; one was historical; nine were about personalities; nine on environmental subjects; 10 were ethnographic portrayals; and five fell in other categories.

Dividing up the films by country, 36 films were from India, six from Pakistan, four from Bangladesh, four from Nepal, and two from Sri Lanka.  The division did not take into consideration films that are cross border in coverage.  However, looking at the geographical rather than country-wise distribution of the films being shown, we saw that the 55 films do cover all of Southasia, representing both the geographical regions as well as the urban and rural centres.  It is for this reason that the organisers of FSA were able to confidently say that the first festival of Southasian documentaries was ‘representative’ of the Subcontinent.

  • A La Khate
    Year 1997  
    Length 24'  
    Directed by
    Frantz Rosenberg,Morten Nielsen,Nenna Brinck
    Language
    Nepali

    In Kathmandu more than 1000 children and youngsters, mainly male, survive on waste picking. Life in the streets is full of conflicts, but is also contains a degree of freedom, especially for the older boys...

  • A Narmada Diary
    Year 1995  
    Length 57'  
    Directed by
    Anand Patwardhan,Simantini Dhuru
    Language
    English,Gujurati,Hindi

    The film chronicles five years in the history of the Narmada Bachai Andolan (Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the mega-dam being built on the River Namarada in Central India .When completed, the dam will have drowned 37000 hectares of land including fertile fields and forests, displaced over two hundred thousand people and cost 130 billion rupees by official and 400 billion by unofficial estimates. Environmental, cultural and human costs have never been fully estimated.

  • Aadavallu Ekmaite
    Year 1996  
    Length 80'  
    Directed by
    Shabnam Virmani
    Language
    English,Telugu

    This film documents the accounts of the true events surrounding the revolt of the government sale of liquor in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. It unravels the history of the movement through interviews with activists, government officials...

  • Aan Poove (Male Flower)
    Year 1995  
    Length 20'  
    Directed by
    P. Balan
    Language
    Malayalam

    Seethalakshmi was born into an uprooted tribal family of 7 girls and no boys. About three years back, Sheethalakshmi discovered a strange transformation she had been undergoing. Her sexuality was in an ambiguous flux and she was slowly becoming a male child renamed Sreedharan....

  • Achin Pakhi (The Unknown Bard)
    Year 1995  
    Length 67'  
    Directed by
    Tanvir Mokammel
    Language
    Bengali

    Lalon Fakir (?-1850) was a unique figure among the Bauls (mystic folks singers) of Bengal. Lalon still has immense popularity on both sides of Bengal, even more then a century after his death. But surprisingly, very little is actually known about Lalon's life and much of it is shrouded in mystery.

  • Ajit
    Year 1996  
    Length 28'  
    Directed by
    Avind Sinha
    Language
    Hindi

    This film articulates the failure of the Indian system to provide the basics of life to a large majority of the Indian people with the example of Ajit is an eight-year-old domestic in a Calcutta household, who is one of a family of the nine children. At another level, the film takes up the issue of unrestrained consumerism...

  • Alif Be
    Year 1997  
    Length 40'  
    Directed by
    Nandini Bedi
    Language
    Hindi,Marathi

    If Shameena could, she would go to the better school, on the other side of the highway. But she has chosen her own neighbourhood- a shantytown on the edges of Bombay. Shameena’s father is a scrap dealer and cannot afford to send his children to school. But having heard of a trust that sponsors the education of children from the poorer sections of the community...

  • All Alone If Need Be
    Year 1996  
    Length 20'  
    Directed by
    Ranjit Das
    Language
    Assamese

    As the title suggests this documentary is about a face in the crowd. Inspired by Mahatma Ghandi's interpretation of politics, Srat Chandra Sinda, a former chief minister of Assam, has been adhering to the ideology since his initiation into it more then 50 years ago....

  • Amrit Beeja
    Year 1996  
    Length 43'  
    Directed by
    Meera Dewan
    Language
    English

    While international ngo's hotly debate the issues of conservation of bio-diversity and plant-genetic resources, Indian farmers are totally oblivious of it. The film celebrates the age-old knowledge of "Vrikshyayurveda", the ancient plant science.

  • An Indian Story
    Year 1980  
    Length 58'  
    Directed by
    Tapan Bose
    Language
    English

    An India Story in is an enquiry into the suppression of civil and democratic rights in the world's 'largest democracy." It reveals the reality of Indian poverty, flagrant corruption and socioeconomic exploitation in a caste-divided society. Recurrent acts of political and administrative terrorism agains the people are exposed poignantly in the deliberate blindings of 33 under-trial prisoners...

  • Ashgari Bai (Echoes of Silence)
    Year 1997  
    Length 45'  
    Directed by
    Brahmamonda Singh,Piti Chaudriani
    Language
    Hindi

    At 86 years old, Ashgari Bai is probably the oldest exponent of the dying art of 'Dhrupad', the most orthodox form of Indian classical music. She is also the only women to have espoused this austere and invocative form of music which has invariably been regarded as the most masculine of Indian classical music genres.

  • Aur Woh Raks Karte Rahi
    Year 1996  
    Length 60'  
    Directed by
    Shireen Pasha
    Language
    Urdu

    A documentary on Tehreema Mitha, a classical dancer in Pakistan that is one of the few serious choreographers and trained dancers in Pakistan. Tehreema received training in the classical tradition of Bharat Natyam from her mother Indu Mitha.

  • Babus of Bangkok
    Year 1997  
    Length 26'  
    Directed by
    Satya Sivaraman
    Language
    English,Thai

    Babus of Bagkok is a travelogue through the lives of Indian migrants from Gorakhpur district in eastern Uttar Pradesh living in Bangkok. The film tries to capture the lives of four or fivee Gorakhpuris, also known as "babus", and depict their condition, hopes, weaknesses in Bangkok and their relations with the local Thai people.

  • Bereavment
    Year 1995  
    Length 30'  
    Directed by
    Sharmini Boyle
    Language
    English

    Bereavement explores the diverse ways in which bereavement as a result of civil war had impinged on every ethnic group in Sri-Lanka. Bereavement analyses the impact of loss of family on both sides of Sri Lanka's extended civil war. Premiered in Colombo, 1996...

  • Creeks of Conflict
    Year 1996  
    Length 40'  
    Directed by
    Krishnendu Bose
    Language
    English

    This film throws up the ideological and power equations determining the development patterns in India and the scant respect paid to the environment and indigenous population's need in this pattern.

  • Darubrahma (God's Own Tree)
    Year 1997  
    Length 138'  
    Directed by
    Sudheer Gupta
    Language
    English,Oriya

    Every 19 years or so, as per the luncher calendar, the navkalervara (literally, new form) of the bada Kagannath of Puri takes place - rituals and festivals extending over our months and ending with a bigger-than-ever-before rath yatra (chariot festival)....

  • Dhupang - Ni Solo (An Autumn Fable)
    Year 1997  
    Length 45'  
    Directed by
    Pinky Brahma Choudhury
    Language
    Bodo

    Set in Bodoland, Assam, the film narrates the tales of a land torn apart by violence. A movement that once reflected the struggle for political identity ironically has become its own greatest deterrent, eroding the memories of its cultural identity.

  • Dry Days in Dobbagunta
    Year
    Length 10'  
    Directed by
    Nupur Basu
    Language
    English,Kannada,Telugu

    One of the most powerful women's agitations in India in recent years has been the stubble against liquor, Dry Days in Dobbagunta is about this struggle. It focuses on the agitation that began in Andhrapradesh in 1991, and forced the state to declare prohibition in 1995...

  • Fate Worse Than Tragedy
    Year 1996  
    Length 48'  
    Directed by
    Bjorn Vassnes
    Language
    English

    The film is about floods in Bangladesh, and different strategies use to cope with these. The main focus is on the Flood Actiona Plan, one of the biggest environmental experiments in history, which will affect the fate of about a hundred million people, who believe they need the floods because the floods give them everything...

  • Father, Son and Holy War
    Year 1995  
    Length 120'  
    Directed by
    Anand Patwardhan
    Language
    Hindi,Marathi

    Father, Son and Holy War explores the possibility that the key to psychology oc communal violence against "the other' in India could lie in male insecurity, itself and inevitable product of the very construction of the notion of manhood. The film traces the development of"manhood" in the Indian psyche on both sides of the communal divide...

  • Free to Sing? The Music of Suman Chatterjee
    Year 1996  
    Length 56'  
    Directed by
    Sudipto Chatterjee
    Language
    Bengali,English

    Suman Chatterjee is a a Bengali political singer from Calcutta whose music has recently taken Calcutta by storm. His music is highly syncretic and has traits from diverse sources like classical Indian music, Portuguese fados, American folk, jazz, the German cabaret, Latin American nueva cancion and even Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali music....

  • Freedom from Fear
    Year 1997  
    Length 25'  
    Directed by
    Indraneel Kaul
    Language
    English

    Freedom from Fear is a filmmaker's odyssey in his trouble-torn homeland. The film symbolizes the narrator;s search for his past, present and future; a compilation of his experiences in Kashmir over the last few years. On a much more personal level, the film reveals the ultimate desire of the narrator and his exiled minority community to return home one day.

  • Halfway Home
    Year 1995  
    Length 26'  
    Directed by
    Ananya Chatterjee
    Language
    Bengali,English

    Under the Lunacy Act, any man, woman or child found loitering on the streets could be picked up and packed off to the nearest jail. And once they were inside, the rest of the world forgot all about them. When this act was repose by the Mental Health Act in 1987..

  • Hastir Kanya (The Elephant Girl)
    Year 1996  
    Length 53'  
    Directed by
    Prabin Hazarika
    Language
    Assamese

    This film is an attempt to document the life and achievements of one of the most celebrated folk singers of Assam of contemporary times Pratima Barua Panday. Born in 1935 to the Royal Family of Gauripur in the erstwhile undivided Goalpara district in the westernmost part of Assam, Pratima was gifted with a sonorous voice...

  • Hawa Kay Naam (Faces of Eve)
    Year 1996  
    Length 25'  
    Directed by
    Shireen Pasha
    Language
    Urdu

    The film deals with a group of women in the mountain areas of Pakistan who changed their lives by organizing themselves and learning income-generating skills. THe film was sent to the Beijing Conference by the Family Planning Association of Pakistan, which commissioned the film.

  • Himalayan Herders
    Year 1997  
    Length 76'  
    Directed by
    John Bishop,Naomi Bishop
    Language
    Yolmo

    Himalayan Herders is a richly textured portrait of life in a Buddhist temple village at 8500 feet in central Nepal. It begins with how people make their living (pastoralism involving cow-yak hybrids plus agriculture), explores the ritual and social organization of the village...

  • I am Not a Toy
    Year 1996  
    Length 25'  
    Directed by
    Mushtaq Gazdar
    Language
    Urdu

    This documentary draws attention to issues related to "child development", from birth till age of 12 years. While dealing with the subject, the situation as it exists in the South Asian countries is taken into consideration. The film delves into areas which are taken for granted and ignored by parents as routine...

  • I Live in Behrampada
    Year 1993  
    Length 46'  
    Directed by
    Madhushree Dutta
    Language
    English,Hindi

    The communal riots that reduced Bombay into two distinct communities in December 1992 and January 1993 also created an underclass of citizen. During this time, Behrampada, a slum colony in the city's western suburb with an 80 percent Muslim population, was cast as the main villain....

  • Ka Phor Sorat (Ka Phor Sorat Cremation Ceremony)
    Year 1997  
    Length 33'  
    Directed by
    Raphael Warjri
    Language
    English

    This is a documentary on the dying cultural tradition of the cremation ceremony of the Lyngngams or Megam sub-tribe of Meghalaya. The event documented in the film is a very rare and unique ceremony which was resumed after a gap of a decade, and is believed that it might not be performed any longer in the future...

  • Kahankar: Ahankar (Story Maker: Story Taker)
    Year 1995  
    Length 38'  
    Directed by
    Anjali Monteiro,KP Jayasankar
    Language
    English

    This film brings together a selection of the stories and paintings of the Warlis, a community of indigenous people from the Indian state of Maharashtra. To the Warlis, these stories represent their history and their world-view. All the outsiders, the Portuguese, the Marathas, the British, the 'native' settler, everyone tried obliterating this history and wisdom.

  • Lepchas of Sikkim: A Vanishing Tribe?
    Year 1997  
    Length 20'  
    Directed by
    Kesang Tseten
    Language
    English

    This is a profile of Men Rong Gong, a Lepcha village just north of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. As original inhabitants of Lyang Mar, that included Darjeeling district in West Bengal, parts of eastern Nepal and of Bhutan, besides what is present-day Sikkim. The film depicts Lepchas as a homogenous ethnic group...

  • Living Together (Series; Wounds of War, Bonds of Peace)
    Year 1996  
    Length 24'  
    Directed by
    ANoma Rajakaruna
    Language
    Sinhala

    This third part of Wounds of War, Bonds of Peace relates to the "Bonds of Peace" as contrasted with the "Wounds of War" referred to in the title. The film looks at the daily life of three local communities that are multi-ethnic in composition but have been able to live together in peace.

  • Marubhumi
    Year 1995  
    Length 52'  
    Directed by
    Amar Kanwar
    Language
    Hindi

    Marbhumi tells the story about water in Indian desert-state of Rajasthan by stringing together glimpses of the history, politics and development of water harvesting in ancient and modern Jodhpur. Highlights of the film are the aerial photography of a 500-year-old water harvesting system which gets discovered by following an old canal down the desert plateau into the city..

  • Meals Ready
    Year 1996  
    Length 46'  
    Directed by
    Surajit Sarkar,Vani Subramanian
    Language
    English,Tamil

    "Meals Ready" - all across South India, these two words beckon the tired and hungry into eating places both small and large; inviting them to a multi-course meal that is centered around rice. Meals Ready explores the rice market in South India and uncovers the social and economic factors that influence the growing and selling of rice these days....

  • Mr. Jinnah: The Making of Pakistan
    Year 1997  
    Length 90'  
    Directed by
    Christopher Mitchell
    Language
    English,Urdy

    This film was made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Partition. There have been films that cover well-trodden ground when they tell theta story of Gandhi, Nehru and the rise of Congress. But little is known of Quad-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who believed in human rights, women's rights, minority rights and above all, the rule of law.

  • Muktir Gaan (Song of Freedom)
    Year 1995  
    Length 80'  
    Directed by
    Catherine Masud,Tareque Masud
    Language
    Bengali

    This film, 25 years in the making, began with the ambition of Lear Levin, an American filmmaker to make an epic documentary in the tradition of Rober Flaherty on the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Levin and his crew came across a troupe of traveling musicians, members of a larger cultural movement known as the Bangladesh Mukti Sangrami Shilpi Sangstha, who were traversing the zones of war singing songs of struggle to inspire guerilla cadres and millions of refugees.

  • Nusrat Has Left the Building…But When?
    Year 1997  
    Length 20'  
    Directed by
    Farjad Nabi
    Language
    Not listed

    The film Nusrat Has Left the Building…But When? can be best described as a docudrama which charts the flowering and decay of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's musical soul. The film does not have any narration or dialogue and conveys its content through a collection of images evoked from the music and qawwalis of the 'real' Nusrat and later the post-Peter Gaberiel synthetic version.

  • Om Mani Padme Hum (Jewel in the Lotus)
    Year 1996  
    Length 53'  
    Directed by
    Mahadeb Shi
    Language
    English,Monpa,Tibetan

    The Tawang Monastery in Arunchal Pradesh, constructed in 1680-81, is the fountainhead of the spiritual life of the Gelugpa followers of the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism in India. The small town of Tawang is situated at an altitude of 10, 000 feet and the monastery is around three kilometers away from the main town.

  • Pastoral Politics
    Year 1996  
    Length 29'  
    Directed by
    Sanjay Barnela,Vasant Saberwal
    Language
    English

    This is a film on the sheep-herding Gaddi community of the North Indian Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh. It puts forward an ecological debate on the issue of traditional Gaddi grazing practices vis-a-vis deforestation.

  • Red Earth
    Year 1995  
    Length 48'  
    Directed by
    Rahul Roy
    Language
    English,Hindi

    Neeraj, a young man from Vanarasi, aspires to become a famous wrestler. Ratan Patodi, from Indore, publishes a monthly magazine on the art of Indian wrestling - a tradition he asserts is disappearing. Near New Delhi's Jama Masjid, Khalifa Barkat is putting a group of young boys through the grind. He abuses, cajoles and pushes the young wrestlers as he introduces them to the art of wrestling...

  • Sacrifice of Serpents: The Festival of Indrayani in Kathmandu, Nepal
    Year 1997  
    Length 108'  
    Directed by
    Balgopal Shrestha,Bert van den Hoek,Dirk J Nijland
    Language
    English

    Nowhere else in South Asia except among the Newars of Kathmandu are rituals involving the sacrifice of serpents practiced. The Indrayani festival, depicted in this ethnographical film, is one such festival and takes place in the new moon night of November/December. The sacrifice of live serpents into the sacrificial fire, which is the climax of the festival...

  • Snakes and Snake Charmers
    Year 1996  
    Length 25'  
    Directed by
    Nazimuddin
    Language
    English

    In ancient civilizations the fear of snakes created mysterious images and these images have given birth to many supernatural tales and legends. A strange and mysterious character to such tales is jog (snake charmer). This film depicts the lives and activities of these snake charmers.

  • Sonamati (A Very Ordinary Gold)
    Year 1996  
    Length 38'  
    Directed by
    Sehjo Singh
    Language
    Marwari

    When the desert of Bikaner in Rajasthan becomes irrigated, barren tracts of land become prize properties. All traditional land holding deeds are cancelled and a new dispensation introduced. Unintelligible government notices determine villager's fates, families are re-alloted land and maps are redrawn. The trauma all this causes to the villagers is not a concern to the bureaucrats...

  • Taj Mahal - Not a Love Story
    Year 1996  
    Length 28'  
    Directed by
    Ramesh Menon
    Language
    English

    The film talks of how futile it is to try and save the Taj Mahal from pollution is the focus doesn't not shift to saving Agra and improving the quality of life of the people who live there. Once Agra is saved, the Taj Mahal will automatically be saved.

  • Teyyam: The Annual Visit of God Vishnumurti
    Year 1995  
    Length 56'  
    Directed by
    Erik de Maaker
    Language
    Malayalam

    In northern Keral, Hindus revere numerous gods through Teyyam rituals. Each Teyyam is dedicated to a specific god. In Teyyam worship is a ritual specialist, a Teyyam performer, takes the she of that god and subsequently transforms into it.

  • The Boy in the Branch
    Year 1993  
    Length 27'  
    Directed by
    Lalit Vachani
    Language
    English,Hindi,Sanskrit

    The Boy in the Branch is a documentary film on the proselytisation of young Hindi boys by the right-wing ultra-nationalist movement of the Hindutva ideology of the Sangh Pativaar called RSS. Through games, rituals, stories, instruction and aggressive sports, the film highlights the fundamentalist mindset of the RSS...

  • The School That Karmi Soren Built
    Year 1996  
    Length 30'  
    Directed by
    Ananya Chatterjee
    Language
    Bengali

    The film contest three conventional views: one concerning women, the other about television and the third about left-wing politics. It is about the life and time s of Karmi Soren, an unlettered Lodha Tribal and her struggle to establish a school in her village. Literally, the film contetst the orthodoxy that women, like peasants, cannot represent themselves but beed to be represented....

  • The Seeds of Malabar
    Year 1996  
    Length 22'  
    Directed by
    Rajeev Vijayraghavan
    Language
    Malayalam

    Kerala, on the western coast of India, is a land of incredible plant and bio-diversity. From early times foreigners arrived on this coastal land and have plundered its natural wealth. Today, the issue is how the seeds of basic crops are now threatened. It deals with the new issues of patent rights.

  • The Selling of Innocents
    Year 1996  
    Length 47'  
    Directed by
    Bill Cobban
    Language
    Hindi,Nepali

    The Selling of Innocents follows the Indian flesh trade from its source in Nepal to the sex factories of Bombay. The film was not easy to shoot. In Nepal, the shooting unit was not allowed to enter 'high risk' villages - those villages from which many girls have landed at the brothels of India. And while shooting in Bombay's Kamathipura area, they were attached by local goons...

  • The Spirit Doesn't Come Anymore
    Year 1997  
    Length 38'  
    Directed by
    Tsering Rhitar
    Language
    Tibetan

    The Tibetan belief of curing diseases through going into a trance by invoking certain spirits/protectors has been practiced and socially accepted for over a millennium. In the Tibetan tradition, this art is mostly inherited by the healer's son - sometimes by a daughter, who hereditarily posses this inborn channel which only needs to be opened to be initiated as a healer....

  • Tu Zinda Hai (To be Alive!)
    Year 1995  
    Length 49'  
    Directed by
    Shabnam Virmani
    Language
    Hindi

    This film is about women and activism. It is about women challenging various structures of authority - be it sarkar (government), the village landlord, the liquor don or the abusive husband. It is about the backlash they face from these forces and their will to resist and survive, no matter how difficult the odds.

  • Uchch: The Sacred City
    Year 1997  
    Length 25'  
    Directed by
    Salman Shahid
    Language
    Urdu

    The architecture of Uchch Shareef, its grand edifices and minute details alike, strove for perfection that reflected the striving for spiritual exaltation. Time and human disregard has left Uchch Shareef in ruins...

  • Veiled in Vapour
    Year 1996  
    Length 26'  
    Directed by
    Gilbert Lareaux,Mulkul Mangalik
    Language
    French

    A passenger train journeys daily between Ahmedabad and Udaipur, along a metre-gauge railroad in the mountains of the southern Aravallis. Unitl the end of 1996, this train was hauled by steam locomotives. Veiled in Vapour records moments in this train's journey during the dying days of steam travel in India.

  • Voices of Children
    Year 1997  
    Length 30'  
    Directed by
    Catherine Masud,Tareque Masud
    Language
    Bengali

    n this 30-minute video documentary, the stories of working children's present struggles and future dreams are told in the children's own words. Six children with varying backgrounds are followed in their everyday lives at work and at home.

  • Wait Until Death
    Year 1995  
    Length 55'  
    Directed by
    Jayanta Chakrabarty,Samit Basu-Malik,Supriya Sen,Tathagata Banerjee
    Language
    Begnali

    Chinchurgheria, a tribal hamlet just seven kilometers off Jhargam, in the Mdnapore district of West Bengal, is waiting to face its 23rd death. With the setting up of a stone-crushing unit in 1986, a number of villages from five neighboring villages engaged themselves in the work with the hopes of eking out a living....

 

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    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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    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"
    12
    0
  • ‘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"
    5
    0
  • ‘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"
    14
    0
  • ‘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"
    8
    0
  • ‘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"
    14
    0
  • ‘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"
    14
    0