The movie looks at the rich, syncretic legacy Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, a medieval Sufi poet, left in the cultural history of many communities in Kachchh, India, and across the border in Sindh, Pakistan. Together with the people who live their lives through Bhitai’s poetry, especially his collection of poems entitled Shah Ji Risalo, the movie celebrates eternal love such as between Umar and Marui, and Sasui and Punhu – and the suffering and transcendence that love brings.
[director]Anjali Monteiro and K P Jayasankar are professors at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. As filmmakers, they have been the joint winners of 22 national and international awards, including the Prix Futura Berlin 1995 Asia Prize for Identity – The Construction of Selfhood, and the Best Documentary award She Write at the IV Three Continents International Festival of Documentaries 2005, Venezuela. [/director]
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar are Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Both of them are involved in media production, teaching and research. They have played a key role in setting up the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS and the MA programme in Media and Cultural Studies. Their documentary films, which have been screened across the world, have won 32 national and international awards. Their most recent awards are the Best film award at the International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu and the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2013. Retrospectives include Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala, 2006; Bangalore Film Society, 2010; Madurai International Film Festival, 2012 and Parramasala Sydney, 2013. An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the art exhibition ‘Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.’ at the Tate Modern, London, in 2013; and at Khoj, New Delhi in 2014. They have served as jury and as festival consultants and directors to several film festivals in India. They have mentored many student and fellowship documentary film projects as commissioning editors.
Their recent book A Fly in the Curry, on independent Indian documentary, published by Sage in 2016, has won a Special Mention for the best book on cinema at the National Film Awards, 2016. They are both recipients of several fellowships, including the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies, the Fulbright visiting lecturer fellowship, and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, among others. They have also been visiting faculty at several leading media and design institutions and lectured at universities in the USA, Australia, Europe, and in Asian countries.
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