Celluloid, the film society of Miranda House kick-started the new academic session with a two day Short-Film Festival on 16th and 17th August, 2016.
The film festival was in line with the previously organised Comedy Film Festival and the like. Short movies which were chosen for the festival served to create a scope for freshers-friendly and an easy critical evaluation to brace up the newcomers. On the first day of the festival, short movies such as ‘Bypass’, ‘How I Raped Your Mother’, ‘Kriti’ and ‘Ludo’ among others were screened. The response on this was overwhelming. The seminar room was jam-packed with frequent applause from an engaged audience.
The second day of the festival was successful albeit some glitches. Hindrances were caused due to the restoration of the renovation of the venue without prior notice to the organisers. Students from Miranda House expressed their concern about the slow progress of the construction work taken up in different parts of the college. However, with the assistance and co-operation of the college authorities, the construction was stopped and the venue was temporarily made feasible for the event. The turnout for the second day was decent. Short films which were screened included, ‘French Toast’, ‘Geri’s Game’, ‘Alarm’ etc.
The event concluded on a productive note and the organisers were satisfied with the responses. The society members seemed positive about a new year ahead and had chalked out plans for the current session. In addition to organising discussion sessions, making and screening documentaries and movies, the film club also maintains a blog. The blog called, ‘Celluloid: The Official Blog of Miranda House Film Club’ can be followed at http://mhfilmclub.blogspot.in/?m=1
Featured Graphic Credits: Celluloid, MH Film Club
Celluloid, the film society of Miranda House organised an interactive session with the award winning filmmaker, Pankaj Butalia. Co-incidentally, Pankaj Bataulia as a student was co-founder of a film society which shared the same name, Celluloid.
His documentary, The Textures of Loss, an account of the sufferings of Kashmir and Kashmiris was also screened a week before this session. The documentary is second in his trilogy of documentaries about the conflicts in India with Manipur Song being the first and A Landscape of Neglect being the third and final parts. The interactive session held on 2nd of September, started off with a brief lecture by the speaker which was followed by questions and general comments.
A wide range of topics were discussed during the session.
The speaker began by elucidating on the craft of film/documentary making. Humorously engaging with the issue of censorship, Mr. Pankaj Butalia informed, “I was asked to put disclaimers stating that I do not subscribe to the views expressed in this documentary “. The speaker talked about foreground narratives, tailoring, and filtered voices in a documentary. Trust building with the subjects of the documentary was explained by the speaker through his experience with the widows of Vrindavan for his acclaimed film, Moksha (1993.)
A discussion followed, whereby the Kashmir conflict was compared with other conflict-ridden areas such as Manipur. The discussion highlighted the differences in the modes of resistance in these areas as well as the role of women in such protests. In this context, the example of naked protest in Manipur was remembered to highlight a sense of empowerment that the Manipuri women had. These voices, as was concluded, often get stifled in Kashmir because of the shrouds of shame. The questions which were asked not only facilitated understanding but helped in dealing with popular misconceptions about the ironies of nationalism and patriotism too.
The discussion ended with an explanation of motifs and images in films. It was said of some images that their irrelevance and silence is in fact the voice of such moments.
Celluloid was overwhelmed by the response and outcome of the event. The society’s vision for this session in the words of its president is to, “screen movies which are not very publicized but the content and the thought behind them is worthy of appreciation.”
Image Credits: Jasmine Chahal