YCP 1997

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English (subtitled), 44 min, 1997, India

Built between 1865 and 1876, Yerwada Central Prison (YCP), Pune, is one of the oldest prisons in India, with over 2500 inmates. In this video, six poets and artistes of the YCP share their work, their lives... Through their poems and musings, the film explores the modes in which they creatively cope with the pain and stigma of incarceration, in the process questioning their selfhood and the socially constructed divides between 'us' and 'them', between the 'normal' and the 'deviant'.

 
Producer:
School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
K. P. Jayasankar
Editing:
Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound:
Arun Nambiar
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Certificate of Merit, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), India, 1998
Jury’s Award for Best Innovation at the Astra Festival of Anthropological Documentary Film, Sibiu, Romania, 1998
 
Selected Screenings:
Chingari South Asian Film Festival, Madison-Wisconsin, 1997
Prakriti, Pune, 1998
Sakshi Film Festival, Bangalore, 1998
Dhaka Film Festival, 1999
6th International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, UK, 1998
New Delhi Video Festival, 1999
Munich International Film Festival, 1999
Himal South Asia Documentary Film Festival, Kathmandu, 1999
Parnu Film Festival, Estonia, 2002
Social Communication Cinema Festival, Calcutta, 2002; Films for Freedom, Kotkata, 2005