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Date(s) - 10/04/2014
8:00 pm

Edouard Michelin Auditorium - Alliance Francaise of Madras


On the next edition of IndiEarth OnScreen, 3 films showcase the time and tide of changing urban landscapes in contemporary India.

Film 1:
Wives and Wives
Filmmaker: Pramod Pati / 3 min / Language: English / 1962 (colour)
Genre: Short, Animation

Young India was being shaped, imagined and formed in the films of Films Division in the early years. Apart from news reels that covered important events and circulated news, they also made instructional films for the modern citizen, the modern farmer, the modern worker, and even the modern wife. ‘Wives and Wives’ addresses men, not women, and tells them to look for certain qualities in the wife they choose. The cartoon depicts a humorous little story written around a modern bachelor in India (early 1960s) who visits a marriage bureau to select a bride – to be precise a good housewife.

Film 2:
Filmmaker: Krishand / 25 min / Language: Hindi (English subtitles) / 2013
Genre: Short, Fiction, Drama

A guitarist without a song, a drunk off shore drilling engineer and his friend a software engineer, A young gangster and his mistress and a henchman and dead man cross each other’s path in the shadow of the Delhi rape incident.


Film 3:
City of Photos
Filmmaker: Nishtha Jain / 59 min / Language: English, Hindi, Bengali (English subtitles)
Genre: Society, documentary

Synopsis City of Photos explores the little known ethos of neighbourhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces. Tiny, shabby studios that appear to be stuck in a time warp turn out to be places throbbing with energy. As full of surprises as the people who frequent these studios are the backdrops they enjoy posing against and the props they choose. These afford fascinating glimpses into individual fantasies and popular tastes. Yet beneath the fun and games runs an undercurrent of foreboding. Not everyone enjoys being photographed; not every backdrop is beautiful; not all photos are taken on happy occasions. The cities in which these stories unfold themselves become backdrops, their gritty urban reality a counterpoint to the photo palaces. Desires, memories and stories, all so deeply linked to the photographic experience, come together as part of a personal journey into the city of photos.


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