Persistence Resistance

A festival of contemporary political films

28, 29 and 30 April 2008, India International Centre

Life Ways

What would a woman truck driver, a Sherpa, a mid wife or a 92-year-old actress have in common? Life Ways attempts to showcase a range of startling testimonies of some men and women who carry on extraordinary movements, both in the private and public sphere. And in each the personal has a political quotient, almost like a mirror reflecting the changing nature of art, culture and the society.

The evening ends with an exploration of the confluence of literature, theatre, films through the work and writing of Habib Tanvir: illustrated talk by Sudhanva Deshpande, followed by the Delhi premiere of a film on Habib Tanvir.

IIC Auditorium, Monday, 28 April 2008

9:00 – 11:10 BORN AT HOME / Sameera Jain / 61 min / 2000 / India
Indigenous birth practices and practitioners of rural and urban India.
SNAPSHOTS FROM A FAMILY ALBUM / Avijit Mukul Kishore / 63 min / 2004 / India
A critical time in a family’s history: that moment when the idea of ‘home’ is being reconfigured across three distinct cities and cultures.
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11:30 – 13:40 P(L)AIN TRUTH / Ilppo Pohjola / 16 min / 1993 / Finland
The pain of a man trapped in a woman’s body.
GENDER TROUBLE / Roz Mortimer / 24 min / 2004 / UK
Four inter-sex women speak about their lives.
THE PINK MIRROR / Sridhar Rangaiyhn / 41 min / 2002 / India
Underneath a humorous exterior, an exploration of the Indian gay landscape, underlining the deep, humanly tender bondings that exist between drag queens.
MILIND SOMAN MADE ME GAY / Harjant Gill / 27 min / USA
About desire and notions of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’, juxtaposing memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of 3 gay South Asian men living in the diaspora.
CALCUTTA PRIDE MARCH 2004 / Tejal Shah / 12 min / 2004 / India
A march to assert the rights of sexuality and gender minorities.
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14:30 – 18:10 MANJUBEN TRUCKDRIVER / Sherna Dastur / 52 min / 2002 / India
A woman who has broken the stereotypes that are part of the social landscape she lives in, her identity is deliberately ‘male’, that of a macho trucker. But is she a crusader?
THEY WHO WALKED MOUNTAINS / Manju Kak / 33 min / 2002 / India
A film on the Bhotias, an ancient trading community of the Himalayas.
NIMA TEMBA SHERPA / Margriet Jansen / 52 min / 2003 / The Netherlands
A Sherpa, who climbs for the umpteenth time one of the highest Himalayan summits. But his life and achievements are seldom in the spotlight.
KAMLABAI / Reena Mohan / 48 min / 1992 / India
Kamlabai, one of the first actors of India, and the first lady of Indian film.
SUNDARI – AN ACTOR PREPARES / Madhusree Dutta / 30 min / 1999 / India
An exploration of feminity and performence, through the tale of a popular female impersonator of early 20th century.
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18:30 – 19:30 LITERATURE, THEATRE, FILMS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF HABIB TANVIR, Illustrated talk by Sudhanva Deshpande
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19:35 TANVIR KA SAFARNAMA / Ranjan Kamath / 79 min / 2007 / India
The enthralling theatrical journey that happens when a pipe-smoking urban sophisticate like Habib Tanvir travels via Europe to return to his homeland – in Chhattisgarh – to create an essentially Indian theatre. (Delhi Premiere)
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*Programme subject to last minute changes

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