Select Films, 2014 - 2015

A collection of 4 DVDs
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English (subtitled), min, 2014-15, India

 
1. DIPLOMA FILMS 2014 & 2015
 
DISC 1 – 2014
 
 
Khoj
Director: Akshika Chandna
English (subtitled), 18 min, 2014
 

 
The feeling of hanging in the middle, trying to make sense of your life, a career which is ridiculed by society, a space of your own - a temporary escape from the mundane but still holding on to hope, trying to change yourself as well as those around you...a daily struggle, a quest for finding oneself and trying to carve a niche for yourself is the best way I can explain what my film is about.
 
 
Secret Windows
Director: Ansh Ranvir Vohra
English (subtitled), 20 min, 2014
 

 
The digital universe, for better or worse, has permeated our lives. It’s crept in through the windows, into our bedrooms, melding into our very existence. With a set of imagined realities revolving around four characters, the film weaves a web (pun-intended) of experiences that examine the politics between connection & disconnection, private & public, estrangement & engagement that we deal with in this world where the lines between the virtual and the real have never been so blurred.
 
 
Maine Dilli Nahin Dekha
I am yet to see Delhi
Director: Humaira Bilkis
English (subtitled), 19 min, 2014
 

 
The film is an anthropocentric exploration of the city of Delhi. The filmmaker discovers the soul of the city not in its museums, mausoleums and architecture but in her relationship with its people. The process of looking at the new urban space offers the filmmaker a chance to relook at her own space, identity and cultural moorings.
 
 
Distant Whispers
Director: Rachita Singh Fogat
English (subtitled), 15 min, 2014
 

 
How do we imagine something that has always been there, suddenly being gone? Can you imagine a world without a sky? No. It has always been there.
 
 
Raah
Director: Radhika Fatania
English (subtitled), 19 min, 2014
 

 
How challenging is it for an aspiring young lady to fight the filters carved out by society and follow her desires to become an independent filmmaker? Will she overcome the hurdles carried by social conditioning and family expectations? Follow Radhika, through her intimate thoughts and struggle to prove herself and her passionate art.
 
DISC 2 – 2014 / 2015
 
Panchvati
Director: Satendra Singh
English (subtitled), 18 min, 2014
 

 
Will Durant famously said, “Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing.” Panchvati explores the idea of this second innocence in a new world - one that calms the mind even as fragments of the past haunt it. And the future...well that’s another world…
 
 
Koi Dekhne Wala Hai?
Director: Shilpi Saluja
English (subtitled), 18 min, 2014
 

 
The film explores the sense of touch and music in the lives of children in a residential school. It's the symbiosis these special children share with the world around them that has been depicted.
 
 
Saatvin Khwahish
Seventh Wish
Director: Varhun Trikha
English (subtitled), 27 min, 2014
 

 
The film looks at the politics of representation in the denounced poetry of Rekhti, colloquial Urdu poetry written in the language and voice of women. Guided by the poetry, the film creates a woman scape through the fragments of contemporary lives of some women and the Gjins, the intangible survivors of Rekhti. Within this world, it imagines desires considered outrageous- desires that led to a century of rejection of Rekhti.
 
 
Just Another Day
Director: Ajinkya Kulthe
English (subtitled), 23 min, 2015
 

 
There are certain rhythms that exist in an urban environment which are perceptually dynamic. These rhythms lend a certain character to a neighbourhood. They produce and enhance something static-the sense of a place because they are already embedded in it, in its very composition. The film encounters and invites you to participate in the everyday tempo of spaces and life around us that we more often than not fail to experience.
 
 
Maadhyam
Director: Daksh Punj
English (subtitled), 21 min, 2015
 

 
This is an observational film that explores the journey of waste through a Kabardiwala while looking at the contrast between the neighbourhood where he lives and the neighbourhood where he works. It also looks at the process and scale of waste collection, hence reflecting on the range and plethora of products that surround us.
 
DISC 3 – 2015
 
 
Bauji
Director: Lakshay Bhuttani
English (subtitled), 22 min, 2015
 

 
The film is about the relationship between a grandfather and grandson. It encapsulates the memories of decades of change and re-presents the experiences that have influenced him and his family in unique ways. The making of the film becomes a way for the filmmaker to familiarize himself with moments of his grandfather’s past that have shaped his life and vision.
 
 
Qila Aparajit
The Fort Undefeated
Director: Manur Raj Katyal
English (subtitled), 23 min, 2015
 

 
Some children live in a Night Shelter near Jama Masjid. Observing their world, their situations closely is the path that the film moves on. An exploration of the Red Fort and its history adds to this journey by making us think about the children’s connection with this monument. By offering us a way of looking at the children’s lives and their relationship to a historical monument, the film ends up raising some questions for us to think about.
 
 
Chaaya
From the Shadows
Director: Nundrisha Wakhloo
English (subtitled), 24 min, 2015
 

 
The filmmaker finds, in some places and people in Mehrauli, a canvas of internal and external spaces. She explores various elements of the physical and psychological that prevail in our society, elements that shape our fundamental ways of being. What are the expressions of desire, longing, pain, grief, belief, strength and joy- the complexities that possess this known – unknown world?
 
 
The Fairy Tale
Director: Sudha Mehta
English (subtitled), 19 min, 2015
 

 
This is a conceptual film that deals with the notion that we're all children at heart, when it comes down to it. Our attitudes, opinions, confusions and dilemmas have their roots in our foundations - schools, toy stores and the streets of our neighbourhoods. The film explores the idea of gender roles and identity through these locations as well as popular cultural icons like comic books and films.
 
 
2. LOCATION FILMS 2014 & 2015
 
The cinematic exploration of a chosen location results in these diversely articulated films – where form, shape, life, fact, emotion and people define the experience of space. This is a mid-term project at the Creative Documentary Course.
 
DISC 4 – 2014
 
 
B-22
Directors: Akshika Chandna & Shilpi Saluja
English (subtitled), 9 min, 2014
 

 
The film attempts to look at the experience of living in Budh Vihar, Munirka. Issues around water, caste, class and violence emerge as Manju, a spirited young woman shares her views and takes us on a tour of the locality.
 
 
We Came Walking
Director: Humaira Bilkis
English (subtitled), 9 min, 2014
 

 
Dhobis believe that they are born to wash, according to the Goddess’s curse. They don’t remember exactly when they came to the city, yet are very much part of its living history. The flow of water contains many stories, and this very short film is a journey to discover rhythms, hidden and visible.
 
 
Ruh
Directors: Rachita Singh & Radhika Fatania
English (subtitled), 12 min, 2014
 

 
What comes to mind when we think of Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi? A hangout spot for a section of the capital's youth. Designer stores, continental food cafes and happening clubs. But what lies behind these walls that sprung up only a few years ago? What are the secrets this village holds?
 
 
Khala ke Yahan
At Khala's
Directors: VarhunTrikha & Varun Ajrawat
English (subtitled), 12min, 2014
 

 
Space & counter space, time & timelessness, words & wordlessness. Khala runs a teashop, also a domicile for herself and her sons. In the ancient city of Mehrauli in Delhi this ‘home’ shares walls with a shrine & sulphur step well, which hides within its depths, the unreality of its surroundings.
 
DISC 4 – 2015
 
Dhyaan Dein
Attention Please
Directors: Ansh Vohra & Satendra Singh
English (subtitled), 12min, 2014
 

 
Actuality & perception of actuality are different but equally valid realities. The ordinary may become bizarre and the bizarre may emerge from the extremely ordinary. The film juggles between these two realities while blurring the lines that separate them, to understand them both better.
 
 
The Thread of Bon
Directors: Amrita Patil & Manur Raj Katyal
English (subtitled), 11 min, 2015
 

 
Shreshtha works as a seamstress at the local Tibetan flags workshop in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. The town is an amalgamation of Indian and refugee Tibetan populations. Shreshtha works with other Himachali women, sewing flags for local rituals and for tourists. But the significance of flags in her life is a little more than a means of livelihood.
 
 
Fragments of Our Memory
Directors: Nundrisha Wakhloo & Ajinkya Kulthe
English (subtitled), 9 min, 2015
 

 
An abandoned house that the filmmaker encounters in Bir becomes a tangible-physical metaphor through which they connect to some of their own memories. This inter-play of memories recreates another memory, which becomes a story.
 
 
Palchhin Paraye
Moments Un-owned
Directors: Amit Jain & Daksh Punj
English (subtitled), 11 min, 2015
 

 
What is the meaning of time in a place where it stands still? A place where everything and nothing converge. A place where one steals moments from another's life and makes them one's own. A story of longing. Of uninvited guests. Of un-parted spirits. Of un-owned moments.
 
 
Camera Obscura
Directors: Shubham Bhattacharya & Michael Riley
English (subtitled), 11 min, 2015
 

 
The filmmakers explore the presence of the camera in a dhaba, located at the centre of Bir town. Here, people from all social classes meet and dissolve their differences through food, entertainment and conversations. The film tries to capture the impressions left by the people and the space when the camera becomes the eye.
 
 
Tibetan Children’s Village
Directors: Sudha Mehta & Lakshay Bhuttani
English (subtitled), 11 min, 2015
 

 
The film explores the idea of home, identity, culture through the daily activities of the Tibetan Children's Village in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. The children of this residential school and the larger community that lives on the sprawling complex hold the Tibetan and the Indian identities close but lightly.

 
Producer:
Creative Documentary Cource, SACAC
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Selected Festival Screenings:
 
Delhi International Film Festival
Delhi Shorts International Film Festival
Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh
Dharamsala International Film Festival
IAWRT Asian women’s film festival
India International Film Festival of Prayag
Kolkata Shorts International film festival
Nashik International Film Festival
Pärnu International Film Festival, Estonia
Students Film Festival of India
National Student Film Awards (Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India)
The Bangalore Queer Film Festival
Vibgyor International film festival
We care film festival
Women Making Films
Woodpecker Film Festival
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan