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Ram Bahadur Tamang Trophy for Best Film 2013 – Algorithms by Ian McDonald (India)

This was a decision arrived at unanimously, but not without some re-viewing. Once in a while, a film comes along that can surprise with the elegance it evokes through simplicity. For telling a simple, moving story that delivers us, right from the outset, into the thick of the extraordinary universe of a handful of blind boys dreaming of becoming International Grand Masters in chess; for its fluid narration of the practical barriers they need to overcome and the enabling human bonds that mitigate their disability; for taking us close to a demonstration that fingers can ‘see’; for its dispassionate humour in noting the tensions of the sighted as against the restraint of the sightless players; and for magically and incrementally evoking deep emotions out of singularly non-narrative material rendered in the fluent abstraction of B&W, the Jury picked Algorithms, from India, by Ian McDonald. The Jury also felt compelled to remark on the grace and near balletic finesse of the camera-work that, throughout, hardly seemed intrusive and the seamless editing that gave the film a poetic quality.

The QFX Jury Award 2013 – Are You Listening! by Kamar Ahmad Simon (Bangladesh) and Invoking Justice by Deepa Dhanraj (India)

There was considerable discussion within the Jury on this Award category too. Considering the number of important films that were in contention, the Jury finally decided to split the Award. The Award is shared by two films.

Despite it being a debutant film, for its haunting and sensual quality in documenting the struggle of Rakhi and her family and showing them retaining their positive spirit and humanity through adversity, for some outstanding camera work in low-light as well as in monsoon rains; and for effortlessly communicating the deeply nurturing and rejuvenating spirit of the female protagonist who, in the face of all the furies of nature, comes through as a veritable force of nature herself, the ‘QFX Jury Award’ goes to Are You Listening, from Bangladesh, by Kamar Ahmed Simon.

For its documentation of the unique and historic Women’s Jamaat in a conservative part of Tamilnadu, South India; for portraying the spirit of conviction, persistence and delicate negotiating skills of this group of simple women who set out to resist patriarchal conventions, take life in their own hands and transform it with a positive invocation of secular justice; for subtly highlighting changes in their own personal lives engendered by their socio-political involvement; for showing optimism in the midst of all the grimness around women’s issues in India and the rest of South Asia; and for retaining an exceptionally sober tone without any temptation to hype up the situation or sensationalize provocative and religiously sensitive contexts, the ‘QFX Jury Award’ goes to Invoking Justice, from India, by Deepa Dhanraj.

The Tareque Masud Best Debut Film 2013 – No. 62 Pansodan St. by Cho Pyone (Burma)

We needed a special discussion on this. There was at least one entry in the package of 10 films under this category that seemed quite accomplished and merited being considered for the main awards. For this award, the Jury therefore focused on films that had a freshman feel and filmmakers who seemed to signal an emerging talent. One of the new and remarkable packages at FSA this year was from Burma. Some distinguished young film makers seem to be at work here. For its quiet and sensitive documentation of a spacious old colonial building, now peeling and dilapidated, occupied by assorted people slumming it out in ironically cramped conditions amidst grand columns; for spotting the ceaseless human drama in these circumstances; and for its mature and candid camera work particularly in low light conditions, the Jury decided to give the ‘Tareq Masud Best Debut Film’ Award to No.62 Pansodan Stree’, from Burma, by Cho Pyone.

The UNICEF Nepal Award 2013 – Char…No Man’s Island by Saurav Sarangi (India)

This is a new award category introduced from this edition of the Festival. For documenting the stark story of a fourteen year old boy, literally living in the no-man’s zone between India and Bangladesh along river Padma, for showing up the fragility of human existence against elemental nature and the arrogance of man-made national borders, and for empathetically narrating the hope and humanism of the children and women who survive through smuggling essential goods across either side of the border, the ‘UNICEF Nepal Award’ goes to CHAR – No Man’s Island, from India, directed by Sourav Sarangi.

Special Mention – No Fire Zone by Callum Macrae (Sri Lanka)

While several entries for this year’s festival could be commended separately in various departments like camera, editing, script or music, the Jury decided to make a Special Mention of the powerful political document ‘No Fire Zone’ by Callum Macrae, for its investigative rigour and the activist spirit in which it exposes the Sri Lankan government’s brutal assault on the Tamil population in northern Sri Lanka during the last four months of the war. The impunity with which the human rights of unarmed Tamil civilians fleeing the theatre of war were violated, the debauching of women and children, the triumphalism of the marauding Sinhala soldiers who did not seem to have a chain of command and were violating every international convention with respect to prisoners of war, women and the wounded and infirm, calls to question the legitimacy of the present regime ruling over Sri Lanka. This is a politically important film that needs to be shown widely to raise the demand for bringing the Lankan President Rajapakshe and his cabinet and army henchmen to be tried for war crimes and genocide. This is made even more poignant by the fact that the Sinhala Government put political pressure on the Nepal government to pull out this film [along with two other films from Sri Lanka] from the Festival for being ‘critical’ of the government. It is to the credit of FSA that it did not succumb to this pressure, organized private screenings of the films and continued to retain them in the competition. The Jury also salutes FSA for this act of courage and integrity.

AFGHAN EYES/ A FEW GOOD REASONS FOR WATCHING AFGHAN FILMMAKERS

Amongst the many things that remain hidden about Afghanistan, despite the saturation coverage and instant news appeal it receives, is the diversity and ferment of its cinematic landscape. While many films about Afghanistan are screened in festivals across the world, these are rarely made by Afghans.  Filmmakers in the country work with a fraction of the budgets and facilities available to these international crews, but despite the overwhelming constraints, have displayed an astonishing doggedness to the idea of making films, with whatever they can, on what they can.

The aim of this package was to showcase these attributes of contemporary currents in Afghan cinema. A country with an overwhelmingly young population-around 65 percent  of Afghans are under 25 years of age-there is a new generation finding its voice with the camera. Many of them are women, who overcome additional constraints in a rigidly patriarchal society. Each of these films have been made under varying conditions of difficulty, and represent a degree of triumph over circumstances.

*’Aghan Eyes’ was curated by journalist Taran Khan.

Afghan Eyes Package includes:

Check Point, Hamed Alizadeh; Kabul Ambulance, Taj Mohammad Bakhtari; Little Afghanistan, Basir Seerat; A Letter to Light, Ghafar Azad; Bubul the City Bird, Reza Hosseini Yamak; Half Value Life, Alka Sadat

 

 

  • A Prayer for Aliyah
    Year 2012  
    Length 27'  
    Directed by
    Zorawar Shukla
    Language
    English,Hindi,Thadou-Kuki

    In one corner of turbulent Northeast India, 7,500 tribal Kuki-Chin-Mizo believe that they are the descendants of the Lost Tribe of Menasseh.

  • Ram Bahadur Trophy For Best Film
    Algorithms
    Year 2012  
    Length 96'  
    Directed by
    Ian McDonald
    Language
    English,Hindi,Odiya,Tamil

    A group of boys dream of becoming ‘chess masters’, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players.

  • THE QFX JURY AWARD
    Are You Listening!
    Year 2012  
    Length 90'  
    Directed by
    Kamar Ahmad Simon
    Language
    Bengali

    On 27 May 2009, when Rahul was only four, the tidal surge from Cyclone Aila hit this populated costal region. Life changed for Rakhi, Soumen and Rahul.

  • Big In Bollywood
    Year 2011  
    Length 74'  
    Directed by
    Bill Bowles,Kenny Meehan
    Language
    English

    Omi Vaidya, a struggling 27-year-old American-born actor in Los Angeles miraculously lands a dream role in Bollywood – with the Amir Khan film ‘3 Idiots’

  • Broken
    Year 2013  
    Length 13'  
    Directed by
    Kannan Arunasalam
    Language
    English

    The war in Sri Lanka ended in May 2009 with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. But the conflict continues.

  • Celluloid Man
    Year 2012  
    Length 150'  
    Directed by
    Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
    Language
    Bengali,English,Hindi,Kannada

    Celluloid Man is a tribute to the extraordinary P.K. Nair. His fascination with cinema began as a child, when he would collect ticket stubs, lobby cards and even weighing-machine tickets sporting pictures of the stars of the day.

  • The UNICEF Nepal Award
    Char...No Man's Island
    Year 2012  
    Length 88'  
    Directed by
    Sourav Sarangi
    Language
    Bengali

    Fourteen-year-old Rubel smuggles rice from India into Bangladesh. He has to cross the River Ganga (Padma), which acts as the international border in this area.

  • Elemental
    Year 2012  
    Length 93'  
    Directed by
    Emmanuel Vaughan-lee,Gayatri Roshan
    Language
    English,Hindi

    Three individuals are united by their connection with nature and desire to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.

  • Expecting
    Year 2012  
    Length 30'  
    Directed by
    Fabio Wuytack
    Language
    Dutch

    An Afghan man named Jawed met a Kosovar woman named Dashurije at a refugee center in Brussels. Since then, they've only had each other as they fight the long battle for a residence permit.

  • Fire in the Blood
    Year 2013  
    Length 84'  
    Directed by
    Dylan Mohan Gray
    Language
    English

    An intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice, ‘Fire in the Blood’ tells of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south ...

  • Gaur in my Garden
    Year 2013  
    Length 26'  
    Directed by
    Rita Banerji
    Language
    English

    The documentary looks at human-animal interaction and conflict in Kotagiri in the Nilgiri Mountains, a key biodiversity hotspot of India.

  • Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
    Year 2012  
    Length 15'  
    Directed by
    Satchith Paulose
    Language
    English

    Set in a bleak consumerist landscape, 'Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread' shuttles between industrial and organic spaces to question the nature of day-to-day existence.

  • How to build an Afghan Box Camera
    Year 2012  
    Length 9'  
    Directed by
    Lukas Birk,Sean Foley
    Language
    English

    Afghanistan is one of the last places on earth where photographers have continued to use a simple type of instant camera called the kamra-e-faoree as a means of making a living.

  • Immoral Daughters
    Year 2012  
    Length 64'  
    Directed by
    Nakul Singh Sawhney
    Language
    English,Hindi

    Immoral Daughters’ is about five young Jat women of who dared to resist. Through their stories, the documentary introduces their struggle to take on the powerful Khap elders and confront 'honour' crimes, injustice and social boycotts.

  • THE QFX JURY AWARD
    Invoking Justice
    Year 2011  
    Length 86'  
    Directed by
    Deepa Dhanraj
    Language
    Tamil

    Fed up with male-dominated jamaats (councils), where they cannot be represented, Mulsim women in South India set up their own council in 2004.

  • Life Begins with Tears
    Year 2013  
    Length 79'  
    Directed by
    Simon Chambers
    Language
    English

    Following on from the hugely popular “Every Good Marriage begins with Tears”, Simon Chambers brings us this tender and heartfelt film which subverts the usual power relations between the documentary filmmaker and subject.

  • Machine Man
    Year 2011  
    Length 15'  
    Directed by
    Alfonso Moral,Roser Corella
    Language
    Bengali

    A reflection on modernity and global development, ‘Hombre Maquina’ reflects on the use of human physical exertion to perform ‘mechanical’ work in the 21ST century.

  • Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls
    Year 2012  
    Length 75'  
    Directed by
    Juliet Lamont
    Language
    Burmese,English

    This is an insightful and entertaining story of Burma’s first girl band. Five young women, led by their Australian mentor Miss Nikki, face all the challenges of a music career, including hard-headed music entrepreneurs, picking the right image, and overcoming stage fright.

  • My Punjabi Love For You
    Year 2013  
    Length 17'  
    Directed by
    Adnan Malik
    Language
    English,Urdu

    ‘My Punjabi Love for You’ is a behind-the-scenes film of a music video shot in the summer of 2012. The music video has a victimised female protagonist whose husband has been kidnapped by an evil landlord.

  • No Burqas Behind Bars
    Year 2012  
    Length 77'  
    Directed by
    Nima Sarvestani
    Language
    Dari

    akhar Prison. 40 women, 34 children. Four cells, no burqas. Women tend to be faceless in public in Afghanistan, burqas covering them from head to toe. Their identities are masked, they are rendered invisible and voiceless.

  • Special Mention
    No Fire Zone
    Year 2013  
    Length 93'  
    Directed by
    Callum Macrae
    Language
    English

    'No Fire Zone' is the definitive story of the final, traumatic months of the 26 year-long Sri Lankan civil war, as told by the people who lived through it.

  • Tareque Masud Award For Best Debut Film
    No. 62 Pansodan St.
    Year 2013  
    Length 12'  
    Directed by
    Cho Phyone
    Language
    Burmese

    his short documentary takes us behind the crumbling façade of one of Yangon’s grand old colonial edifices..

  • Playing with Nan
    Year 2012  
    Length 88'  
    Directed by
    Asami Saito,Dipesh Kharel
    Language
    Nepali

    This is the story of 28-year-old Ram, who migrates to work in a Nepali restaurant in northern Japan. The film explores his daily life in Japan and that of his family back home...

  • Salma
    Year 2013  
    Length 90'  
    Directed by
    Kim Longinotto
    Language
    Tamil

    As Salma reached puberty, her parents locked her away from the world. She spent nine years trapped in one small room. Millions of young girls endure the same fate..

  • Sama
    Year 2012  
    Length 51'  
    Directed by
    Shazia Khan
    Language
    English,Hindi

    The film explores the Islamic music traditions of India and portrays how they have borrowed and taken inspiration from the history and musical traditions of India in both form and content...

  • Saving Face
    Year 2011  
    Length 52'  
    Directed by
    Daniel Junge,Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
    Language
    English,Urdu

    Every year in Pakistan, at least 100 people are victims of brutal acid attacks. Many cases go unreported. The majority of the victims are women.

  • The Human Factor
    Year 2012  
    Length 76'  
    Directed by
    Rudradeep Bhattacharjee
    Language
    English

    Songs have been an integral part of Hindi films. The singers, the music directors, the lyricists – they have all been celebrated for their work and many have attained legendary status

  • The Old Photographer
    Year 2013  
    Length 15'  
    Directed by
    Thet Oo Maung
    Language
    Burmese

    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.

  • The Poison Teller
    Year 2012  
    Length 23'  
    Directed by
    Shabnam Ferdousi
    Language
    Bengali

    Islam, Shumon and Rashed are three friends who sell insecticides in the city of Dhaka. They walk the streets all day long, they watch people and they examine their own lives.

  • The Story of One
    Year 2012  
    Length 19'  
    Directed by
    Kannan Arunasalam
    Language
    English,Tamil

    As the war raged in the 1990s, 8,000 cases of disappearances were recorded in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka, carried out by both the state security forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels..

  • The Story of Yomari
    Year 2011  
    Length 18'  
    Directed by
    Alok Tuladhar,Rajni Shrestha
    Language
    Nepa Bhasa

    Yomari is a unique delicacy of the Newar community of the Kathmandu Valley. The delicacy is eaten at particular joyous occasions, and is full of religious, symbolic and practical significance

  • The Strike
    Year 2013  
    Length 20'  
    Directed by
    Farid Ahmad
    Language
    Bengali

    The general strike, popularly known as hartal, was introduced to Southasia by Mahatma Gandhi as means of protesting against British colonial rule.

  • The Voice of God
    Year 2011  
    Length 9'  
    Directed by
    Bernd Lützeler
    Language
    English,Unknown

    If God came down to earth and tried to earn a living in Bombay, he would probably end up as a successful voice-over artiste, lending a voice to thousands of films...

  • Transgender: Pakistan's Open Secret
    Year 2011  
    Length 53'  
    Directed by
    Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
    Language
    Urdu

    Many among Karachi’s transgender community scrape a living through dancing, singing and begging on the streets. Others earn money catering to the sexual needs of men in the city’s seedier districts.

  • Who Will be Gurkha?
    Year 2012  
    Length 75'  
    Directed by
    Kesang Tseten
    Language
    English,Nepali

    Britain began recruiting Nepali hillmen 200 years ago, and since then the Gurkha khukuri has seen numerous wars. Of the 200,000 Gurkha soldiers who fought in the two world wars, 50,000 were killed.

  • [Afghan Eyes] A Letter to Light
    Year 2011  
    Length 15'  
    Directed by
    Ghafar Azad
    Language
    Dari

    A Letter to Light is the story of Jamshid, a 13 year old boy who is half blind at birth. Doctors caution him that eventually he will become completely blind.

  • [Afghan Eyes] Bulbul the City Bird
    Year 2008  
    Length 26'  
    Directed by
    Reza Hosseini Yamak
    Language
    Dari

    Bulbul and his gang wash cars on the streets of Kabul to earn a living for their families. They work for a pittance, and return the city’s indifference with a solidarity, humor and cruelty.

  • [Afghan Eyes] Check Point
    Year 2011  
    Length 29'  
    Directed by
    Hamed Alizadeh
    Language
    Dari

    15 policemen inspect all the cars that enter into central Kabul through the Dehbori district. They have been gathered from different provinces to keep the city safe.

  • [Afghan Eyes] Half Value Life
    Year 2009  
    Length 25'  
    Directed by
    Alka Sadat
    Language
    Dari

    Mrya Basher is the first woman in Afghanistan to become a senior provincial investigator officer, a high-responsibility position women are considered incapable of holding.

  • [Afghan Eyes] Kabul Ambulance
    Year 2011  
    Length 29'  
    Directed by
    Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
    Language
    Dari

    An ambulance company and its tireless heroes doing their job day and night in the chaotic streets and traffic jams of Kabul.

  • [Afghan Eyes] Little Afghanistan
    Year 2011  
    Length 29'  
    Directed by
    Basir Seerat
    Language
    Dari

    Vintage horse-drawn carriages used as taxis mingle with heavy automobile traffic down a very long street.

  • [Alpavirama 2011] Burning Paradise
    Year 2009  
    Length 22'  
    Directed by
    Nisar Ahmed
    Language
    Pashto,Urdu

    The girls of Swat Valley in Pakistan are victims of the oppressive Taliban regime. The locals live in constant fear as schools for girls are being demolished, women are being publicly beaten...

  • [Alpavirama 2011] Missing Vultures
    Year 2010  
    Length 20'  
    Directed by
    Muhammad Ali Ijaz
    Language
    Punjabi,Urdu

    Post 2000, the number of vultures in Pakistan fell down considerably, so much so that the species almost vanished. This documentary explores the reasons as to why vultures have gone missing...

  • [Alpavirama 2011] Purna Virama
    Year 2008  
    Length 12'  
    Directed by
    Ujjwal Utkarsh
    Language
    Not listed

    Using only sound and movement, this observational documentary conjures up a metaphor of destruction and breakdown, using the allegory of a bus.

  • [Alpavirama 2011] Saraai
    Year 2008  
    Length 18'  
    Directed by
    Parchi Mokashi
    Language
    English,Gujarati,Hindi

    Saraai shows an NRI from Leceister, Siddhis from Africa and an old Sindhi woman. They all come from different places and yet they call the same city of Ahmedabad, ‘home’...

  • [Alpavirama 2011] The Boxing Ladies
    Year 2010  
    Length 26'  
    Directed by
    Anusha Nandakumar
    Language
    Hindi

    Zainab, Shubra and Bushra are sisters who live in Kolkata. As they prepare for the national level boxing championship, their lives, their homes, their perspectives on the male dominated sport...

  • [Alpavirama 2011] Tran Eka Tran
    Year 2008  
    Length 19'  
    Directed by
    Aastha Gohil
    Language
    Gujarati

    Tran Eka Tran (three ones a three) is a documentary film about a teacher, a nurse and a young girl. The film shows each one of them pursuing their personal dreams and ambitions...

 

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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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