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Framing Lives - II Programme :    Framing Lives - II
Venue Name: ONLINE
Start Date: 18 May 2020
End Date: 24 May 2020
Start Time: 00:00
Category Name : FILM CLUB
A selection of six award-wining documentaries by independent filmmakers from India. Commissioned and produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), the films present a different, more complex panorama of life through work that offers a distinctive presentation of issues and situations that affect the everyday life of the people of a complex society, coming to grips with fundamental transformation, and which attempts a deeper level of reflection and analysis
Organised in collaboration with Public Service Broadcasting Trust. Public Service Broadcasting Trust is a not-for-profit that nurtures and supports the production of documentary films by independent filmmakers. Over the past twenty years, it has mentored 500 of mostly young, starting out talents, producing over 700 documentary films on myriad themes and subjects, travelling to over 1860 film festivals worldwide and winning more than 320 Awards, including 53 National Film Awards, from the President of India.
The six films listed below are available viewing on the following links given below with English subtitles:


Mindscapes…of Love and Longing (54 min/2011)
Director: Arun Chadha

Recipient of the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues, 2012; Third Prize, We Care Film Festival, New Delhi

The sexuality of people with disabilities is often marred with misconceptions, prejudices and myths. The film delves into the lives of a few people with disabilities as they explore their sexual identities, within themselves and through relationships. The narrative follows their journeys as they negotiate widely-held biological, medical, social and cultural beliefs and try to claim their sexual rights as individuals with varying physical disabilities. The film attempts to deconstruct the disability and sexuality debate through personal voices and choices they have made as they come to terms with their physical and sexual selves


Qissa-e-Parsi (30 min/2014)
Directors: Divya Cowasji & Shilpi Gulati

Recipient of the National Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic film 2014; and Best Documentary, Script Film Festival, Kerala

The film explores the history of the Parsi community, its relationship to the Indian state and association with the city of Mumbai. It strives to understand the Zoroastrian faith, the philosophy to live, laugh and love that is the backbone of the Parsi way of life


There is Something in the Air (29 min/2011)
Director: Iram Ghufran

Recipient of the Mary Kay First Prize, International Women’s Film Festival, Seoul, Korea; National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Direction, National Film Awards 2011

This film is a series of dream narratives, and accounts of spiritual possession as experienced by women ‘petitioners’ at the shrine of a Sufi saint in north India. Drama unfolds via dreams, and appearances of djinns and disappearances of women. The shrine becomes a space of expressions of longing and transgression. The film invites the viewer to a world of dream and fantasy. Fear and desire is experienced through dreams and ‘afflictions of air’. The shrine is a space where performance becomes the only rule of engagement, and one can begin to think of the possibilities that ‘insanity’ produces


Video Game (30 min/2005)
Director: Vipin Vijay

Recipient of the Grand Jury Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006; Best Documentary, SiGNS, Kerala; Golden Pearl, Hyderabad International Film Festival 2006

The film also deals with the relationship of Man and Machine, two of the greatest inventions of the industrial revolution - the automobile and the cinema, providing unparalled freedom in terms of time and space. The transformation and evolution of technology and its impact on human civilization. The car used in the film is an old black Ambassador Mark II



What the Fields Remember (52 min/2015)
Director: Subasri Krishnan

The film revisits the event, when 1800 Bengali Muslims were killed in Nellie and surrounding villages in Assam. From the survivors, Sirajuddin Ahmed and Abdul Khayer’s, retelling of the event, and their struggles of coping with loss and memories that refuse to fade away, the film attempts to explore ideas of violence, memory and justice. How the spaces that witnessed this violence continue to mark people’s relationship to history and memory. What the Fields Remember also attempts to raise larger questions around collective memory – of what we choose to remember and why we choose to forget



My Sacred Glass Bowl (26 min/2013)
Director: Priya Thuvassery

Recipient of the Indian Documentary Producers Association Award


The film raises questions about the notions of virginity and chastity of women across different cultures in India. Highlighting how our society holds chastity as a benchmark of goodness for women. It looks at the concept of virginity as it is perceived by contrasting communities, from the vantage point of the filmmaker, sandwiched between two mothers bringing up their daughters in contemporary times

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