Saacha

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English (subtitled), 50 min, 2001, India

'Saacha' is about a poet, a painter and a city. The poet is Narayan Surve, and the painter Sudhir Patwardhan. The city is the city of Mumbai (a.k.a. Bombay), the birth place of the Indian textile industry and the industrial working class. Both the protagonists have been a part of the left cultural movement in the city. Weaving together poetry and paintings with accounts of the artists and memories of the city, the film explores the modes and politics of representation, the relevance of art in the contemporary social milieu, the decline of the urban working class in an age of structural adjustment, the dilemmas of the left and the trade union movement and the changing face of a huge metropolis.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
K. P. Jayasankar
Editing:
Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound:
K. P. Jayasankar, Mohan Das V. P.
Music:
Keshar S.J. Chand, Shahir A.K. Pathak, Shahir S.J. Chand
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
 
Second Prize, New Delhi Video Forum, 2001
 
Screenings
An abridged version of Saacha (The Loom) was screened at the Tate Modern, London as an exhibit: ‘Project Space: Word. Sound. Power’, July-November, 2013
Kalaghoda Film Festival, Mumbai, 2001
People’s Film Fest, Bangalore, 2001
Film South Asia (FSA), Kathmandu, 2001
Travelling FSA 2001
Chingari, Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
Nottam, Kerala, 2001
Lahore Moving Images, 2002
Social Communication Cinema Festival, Calcutta, 2002
Mumbai International Film Festival, 2002
Festival of Visual Culture 2006, Joensuu, Finland