Kahankar: Ahankar

Story Maker: Story Taker
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English (subtitled), 38 min, 1995, India

This film is an attempt at bringing together a selection of the stories and paintings of the Warlis, and some of the writings about 'them'. To the Warlis, a community of Adivasis (indigenous peoples), who live close to Mumbai, these stories represent their 'history', their world-view. All the outsiders, the Portuguese, the Marathas, the British, the 'native' settlers... they all tried obliterating this history and wisdom. The work of the outsiders who wrote about 'the Warli' represents this process of creating new mythologies. By bringing together these disparate discourses, this video aspires to critique these mythologies... To read between the lines, as the stories themselves do.
 

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
K.P. Jayasankar
Editing:
Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound:
Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Additional Producer: K. P. Jayasankar & Anjali Monteiro with Kashtakari Sangathan
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
 
Special Mention of the Jury, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), India, 1996
 
Screenings:
14th Worldwide Video Festival, The Hague, 1996
Nordic Anthropological Film Association Festival and Conference, Bergen, 1996
South Asian Film Festival, Kathmandu, 1997
Prakriti, Hyderabad, 1997
Telecast: Doordarshan 1, India