A film that is a reflection on the history of conflict in the Indian Subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. As the film explores this violence, multiple submerged narratives emerge, sometimes in people, images and memories, and, at other times, in objects from nature and everyday life standing as silent but surviving witnesses. In all narratives, the body becomes central – a site of honour, hatred and humiliation as well as of dignity and protest. As the stories unfold, women from different times and regions come forward. The film speaks to them directly, trying to understand how such violence is resisted, remembered and recorded by individuals and communities. Using a range of visual vocabularies The Lightning Testimonies moves beyond suffering into a space of quiet contemplation, where resilience creates a potential for transformation.
[director]Amar Kanwar is the recipient of the 1st Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art from Norway; an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, USA; the MacArthur Fellowship in India; the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival; the Golden Conch, Mumbai International Film Festival; the First Prize Torino International Film Festival, Italy; Jury’s Award, Film South Asia, Nepal (King of Dreams, FSA ’01); Grand Prix, EnviroFilm, Slovak Republic; and the Golden Tree, 1st National Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, Delhi. His films Marubhumi, Freedom and A Night of Prophecy were shown at FSA ’97, FSA ’01 and FSA ’03 respectively. [/director]