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FILM "Making Migrant: Dialogues Through Film" at IIC - 15th to 18th Jan 09

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  • Event Details : Making Migrant: Dialogues Through Film.
  • Screenings and discussions which will focus on the uncertain histories and politics of transnational migration. Moving attention away from the Diaspora as the primary location from which to view migration and look instead at what makes people migrate. Organised in collaboration with Public Service Broadcasting Trust ( PSBT ).
  • Conceptualised and curated by Prof Radhika Chopra, Dept. of Sociology, University of Delhi
  • Schedule :
  • 15th January :
  • Commemoration Service and Sharing of Thoughts and Ideas
  • Choirs
  • Inauguration of the exhibition
  • Followed by
  • Playback of Martin Luther King’s Speeches; films on Martin Luther King’s Life; and Songs of the Civil Rights Struggle
  • Coordinator: Suhas Borker
  • From 18:00 – 20:00 at Gandhi-King Plaza
  • Candle Light Vigil
  • Songs of the Civil Rights Struggle and Peace Movement
  • Please bring candles with you for the vigil
  • (Collaboration: Gandhi Peace Foundation and Working Group on Alternative Strategies)
  • A Forgotten People: The Sakhalin Koreans (59 min; dvd; 1995; English & with subtitles)
  • Director: Dai Sil Kim Gibson
  • The film presents a neglected aspect of World War II and a tragic legacy of the Cold War: the saga of the Koreans who spent 50 years on Sakhalin Island
  • 16th January :
  • Sahara Chronicle: Oujda Frontierland (7.10 min; dvd; 2006/7; English & with subtitles)
  • Director: Ursula Biemann
  • An episode from a video collection that visually chronicles the current sub-Saharan exodus towards Europe
  • Dur Kinara: Shores Far Away (53 min; dvd; 2007; English & with subtitles)
  • Directed by Savyasachi Jain who will introduce the film
  • A film about the thousands of Indian who are smuggled across borders to Europe every year
  • 17th January :
  • 11:00 am onwards
  • Beyond Borders: Personal Stories from a Small Planet – Sahar: Before the Sun (5 min; dvd; 2005; English)
  • Director: Listen Up: Youth Media Network
  • After the Taliban took control of Kabul in 1996, Sahar Adish fled Afghanistan with her family to find safety in the United States. Sahar, at age 18, speaks powerfully to the courage and aspirations of her parents, her family’s struggle for intellectual freedom and educational rights
  • Foreigners (9.4 min; dvd; 2006; English)
  • Director: Ayala Sharot
  • Interviews with ten young people from different countries who live in London
  • I for India (70 min; dvd; 2006; English & with subtitles)
  • Director: Sandhya Suri
  • A bitter-sweet time capsule of alienation, discovery, racism and belonging, I for India is a chronicle of immigration in sixties Britain and beyond, seen through the eyes of one Asian family
  • From 16:00 onwards
  • Continuous Journey (87 min; dvd; 2004; English)
  • Director: Ali Kazimi
  • Continuous Journey is a compelling and eye-opening investigation into the Kommagata Maru incident of 1914 and the present ramifications of this incident. A provocative and multilayered essay that interweaves photographs, newsreels, home movies and official documents to unravel a complex and little-known story
  • Rex vs Singh (20 min; dvd; 2008; English)
  • Director: Ali Kazimi
  • The film documents the trial of two Sikh men charged with sodomy in Vancouver in 1915 and explores the intersections of race, homophobia and the law, where sexual orientation was deployed for deportation
  • Backstage Boys: Punjab Labour Goes Global (30 min; dvd; 2002; English subtitles)
  • Director: Meera Dewan
  • An exploration of illegal immigration of young men, from Punjab to Europe and North America, in search of a better life and ‘for the sake of the family’
  • At 18:30
  • Dreaming of Tibet (58 min; dvd; 2006; English)
  • Director: Will Parrinello
  • The film looks at the lives of three extraordinary Tibetan exiles who have survived in exile and are deeply involved in working for the survival of their culture
  • 18th January :
  • 10:00
  • Making Migrants: Dialogues through Film
  • Namaste London (2006)
  • Director: Vipul Shah
  • Jasmeet Singh or Jazz, born and brought up in London wants everything that is western, including a husband. But her father is hell bent on finding her an Indian husband and lands up in India in search of a suitable man
  • From 15:00
  • Who do You Think You Are: Meera Syal (60 min; dvd; 2004; English)
  • Director: Safina Uberoi
  • Fearless comic Meera Syal has no sacred cows – she uses her razor sharp wit against all comers. But the Goodness Gracious Me star is curious to know where that rebellious streak comes from.
  • La Americana (65 min; dvd; 2008; English & with subtitles)
  • Director: Nicholas Bruckman
  • La Americana is an intimate film following Carmen, an undocumented immigrant who journeys from Bolivia to New York City and back, struggling to support the disabled daughter she left behind.
  • Pure Chutney (42 min; dvd; 1998; English)
  • Director: Sanjeev Chatterjee
  • Pure Chutney is an exploration of the delicious and even difficult mix of the Trinidadian-Indian culture.
  • At 18:30
  • Sahara Chronicle (2006-2007)
  • Desert Radio Drone (5.40 min; dvd; English & with subtitles)
  • Deportation Prison Laayoune (5.46 min; dvd; English & with subtitles)
  • Director: Ursula Biemann
  • Two short films that examine the politics of mobility and containment from the perspective of surveillance of spaces across the transnational migration routes of the Sahara
  • X-Mission (35 min; dvd; 2008; English & with subtitles)
  • Director: Ursula Biemann
  • X-Mission examines the logic of the refugee camp as one of the oldest extraterritorial zones. Taking Palestinian refugee camps as a case in point, the film engages with the different discourses – legal, symbolic, urban, mythological, historical – that give meaning to this exceptional space.
  • Note : Call 011-24619431 ( IIC ) to re-confirm any last minute change or cancellation of the event.
FILM "Making Migrant: Dialogues Through Film" at IIC - 15th to 18th Jan 09 FILM "Making Migrant: Dialogues Through Film" at IIC - 15th to 18th Jan 09 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on 05:25 Rating: 5

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