Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kriti Film Club celebrates the Women's Day month with two days of documentaries by women film makers and issues of relevance

11-12 March 2016 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

-       The other song by Saba Dewan
-       Ore Udal (One Body) by Asha Achu Joseph
-       An IAWRT production - Reflecting Her: Women and Reproductive Health by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otirno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa)

The films will be followed by discussion with the filmmakers/producers. Saba Dewan on the 11th March, Asha Jospeh and Bina Paul from IAWRT, on the 12th March. This is a not to be missed event.

Friday, 11 March 2016
7 pm onwards 
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

 The Other Song
by Saba Dewan

In 1935, Rasoolan Bai the well-known singer from Varanasi, recorded for the gramophone a love song that she would never sing again, ‘My breasts are wounded, don’t throw flowers at me.’ A variation of her song, ‘My heart is wounded, don’t throw flowers at me,’ the 1935 recording faded from public memory and eventually got lost. More than 70 years later the film travels through Varanasi to search for the forgotten song. This journey opens a Pandora’s box of life stories, memories, half remembered songs and histories that for long have been banished into oblivion. It brings the film face to face with the enigmatic tawaifs or the courtesans who till a century back were amongst the most educated and privileged of Indian women. Today they stand recast as deviant, their arts, obscene; their story and that of the lost song linked to the making of modern India and the transitions around the control and censorship of female sexualities and cultural expression.

Saturday, 12 March 2016
7 pm onwards
Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

Ore Udal (One body)
by Asha Achy Joseph 

Our social, cultural and political psyche embraces rape and its violence to the extent of making it a ritualistic practice of consumption to the spectator. This film marks the beginning of a journey in search of a narrative where one’s own identity as woman and creator is at stake. Through One Body, the director on its preliminary level intends to look at the void in the mind-space of a woman who is raped. Though subjective to a large extent, this attempt wishes to explore varied layers of experiences that engulf the act of violence as victim and perpetrator.

Reflecting Her: Women & Reproductive Health 
by Anna Pawlowska (Poland); Atieno Otieno Careen (Kenya); Priya Goswami (India); Sarah Chitambo (South Africa) / Produced by IAWRT

The film has been shot in four continents by four women directors. It discusses the dilemmas, personal choices, lack of control and violence that women all over the world face over Reproductive Rights. The stories vary but all reflect the theme of a necessity for women to gain greater control over their own bodies.

About the film club: Kriti Film Club is an educational and research oriented initiative of Kriti: a development praxis and communication team. Running consistently since 2000, we offer an independent and informal platform for screening documentary films on a whole range of development, human rights &environment issues. We also serve as an access and distribution space for documentary films.

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