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Coming Up: 'Phad - A Maharashtrian Folk Art' by Dhananjay Khairnar and 'Maida' by Lubna Yusuf + Q&A with the directors.

The link to watch the films will be shared tomorrow. You can post your questions on Facebook or write to vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Sharing the trailers for now:

'Maida' - https://youtu.be/Gh588ZhAMtA

'Phad' - https://youtu.be/BcJ_iBO2q7g
Watch 'Phad - A Maharashtrian Folk Art' by Dhananjay Khairnar and 'Maida' by Lubna Yusuf and send your questions for the directors at vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Link to Watch 'Phad' - https://vimeo.com/473073849 

Synopsis - 'Phad' is based on the great folk tradition of Maharashtra known as 'Tamasha' and on the life of its artists. These artists were born on stage, brought up on stage and have carried forward the baton inherited from their parents and grandparents, selflessly. However, this art, which can be traced back nearly 250-300 years, and its artists have been living the lives of the illiterate and the abandoned for generations together.

Link to Watch 'Maida' - www.vimeo.com/376312640/42ad2acbe6

Synopsis - 'Maida' (white flour) is a living documentary film shot across a span of eight years. In a country where the Goddess of knowledge is a female deity called Saraswati, only 42 of the 100 girls enrolled in class 1 reach class 5 and only 1 reaches class 12.

This documentary explores the societal norms of dowry, child marriage and the prevalent practice of school drop-outs after the onset of menstruation. 'Maida' traces the dreams and aspirations of a young schoolgirl in an Indian village of Bihar. Through her stories and Bhojpuri folk songs, she breaks the myth of women empowerment, as we know it. Such incidents go unreported for lack of courage to face societal consequences.
Coming Up: 'Granny Power' directed by Jocelyne Clarke and Magnus Isacsson + Q&A with Jocelyne

The link to watch the film will be shared tomorrow. Sharing the trailer for now.

https://vimeo.com/126212302
Watch 'Granny Power' directed by Jocelyne Clarke and Magnus Isacsson at vimeo.com/505288281/5a73dd3e93

Send your questions for Jocelyne at http://bit.ly/GrannyPower or vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Synopsis: With disarming smiles, biting lyrics, flowery hats, and a gift for inventive, off-the-wall protest, they challenge authorities and stereotypes alike. They are the Raging Grannies, and they fight for peace, social justice and the environment.

'Granny Power' looks at the founding history of the Raging Grannies movement, follows granny actions that have taken place across North America in the past decade, and brings us into the lives of several witty, energetic and committed grannies as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movement. We get to know them, to understand what motivates them, see how broad is the range of the causes they embrace, and how they have indeed found the recipe for "eternal youth".
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Watch 'Ye Lo Bayaan Humaare' ('And We Were There') and send your questions for Uma Chakravarti, the director.

Watch Part 1 of the film at https://vimeo.com/563296343

Watch Part 2 at https://vimeo.com/563299263

You can post your questions at www.bit.ly/August-Film or write to vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Synopsis - This is a film about the idealism, passion and the jail time of young women coming of age in the late 1960s, seeking to change the world, and throwing themselves into movements sweeping parts of India. Hounded for their activities, tortured by the police and incarcerated in jails, these women found a camaraderie that went beyond revolutionary ideology that had inspired them. As the late sixties gave way to the seventies, the Emergency was imposed across India, and the number of women who went to jail for their political idealism expanded to many cities, small towns, and villages across the country.

The film tells the stories of fifteen young women, moving across Bengal and Bihar to Delhi, Bombay, Hyderabad and Bangalore. 'Ye Lo Bayaan Humaare' is built around these women's stories, narrated by them to the director in the mid 2010s. It is the story of their resistance and refusal to be broken by the repression unleashed by the state. It is also the poignant story of reflection, loss and death in those troubled times.

The film includes valuable archives from the 1970s in the form of film clips, documents, Fact Finding Reports, news stories, diaries and assorted personal archives. It is the only visual testament of its kind to a dark period in modern Indian history, when the country went through violent turmoil, eventually descending overnight into a dictatorship.
Coming Up: 'Zikr Us Parivash Ka' ('In Praise of That Angel Face') + Q&A with Nirmal Chander Dandriyal

The link to watch the film will be shared tomorrow. Sharing the trailer for now.

https://vimeo.com/218462490/56f534804a
Watch 'Zikr Us Parivash Ka' ('In Praise of That Angel Face') at https://vimeo.com/162235176/0cde5a49d0

Send your questions for Nirmal Chander Dandriyal, the director, at www.bit.ly/August-Screening or vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Synopsis: One of the last legendary courtesans of India, Begum Akhtar was a well known singer of ghazal, dadra and thumri genres of Hindustani classical music. Her voice was unique, pain adding richness and depth as the years went by. Rendering them in her inimitable style, she ensured that ghazal singing received due respect and came to be called Malika-e-Ghazal (Queen of the Ghazal), reaching unparalleled heights in a world that threatened to marginalize courtesans.

'Zikr Us Parivash Ka' ('In Praise of that Angel Face') weaves together the accounts of those who remember her with undimmed fondness and warmth despite the passage of years.
Watch 'Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror' at https://vimeo.com/17632795

Send your questions for John Pilger, the director, at bit.ly/BreakingTheSilenceFilm or at vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

About the Film -

Six months after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and two years after the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, John Pilger’s documentary 'Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror' highlights the hypocrisy and double standards of the American and British adventures of 2001-3, which led to the deaths of more than a million people.

In the film, Pilger asks, "What are the real aims of this war and who are the most threatening terrorists?"

Kabul, the capital, is a maze of destruction, with cluster bombs not cleared from the city centre and families living in abandoned buildings. Most of the damage was inflicted not by the ‘official enemy’, the Taliban, but by warlords backed, trained and funded by the United States, who restored the poppy harvests and opium trade, which the Taliban had banned.

Pilger's rare interviews with Bush administration officials – described by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern as 'the crazies' – are perhaps the highlight of a film made when 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq were raw and when it was still possible to challenge culpable politicians face to face.
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Gaurav Jani, a young, dedicated motorcyclist and self-made multiple award-winning filmmaker, shockingly passed away last year. He was a great friend and supporter of Vikalp.

Watch two films celebrating his life and work and send your questions for Sankalp Meshram (who won the IDPA Best Editing Award for 'Riding Solo') by Sunday midnight.

The link to watch Film 1 - https://youtu.be/NMtVxPafCCk

The link to watch Film 2 - https://youtu.be/FVTQwF9VQKk

About Film 1 -
'Riding Solo to the Top of the World' is the unique experience of a lonesome traveler, who rides his motorcycle all the way from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the World, the Changthang Plateau, in Ladakh, bordering China.

Situated at an average altitude of 15,000 feet, Changthang covers almost 30,000 square kilometers of Ladakh A land devoid of roads and with temperatures which dip to minus 40 degree Celsius in winter.

As a one-man film unit, he astonishes you, filming the landscape he passes by and the people he interacts with, capturing moments of beauty, pain, love, hardship, self doubt and spiritual triumphs.

As a city slicker, his interaction with the nomads of the region, the Chang pas, who live at the highest altitude used by mankind in the world, teaches him a new perspective on life, as does the religious fervor he encounters.

The Hemis festival that comes once in twelve years, the Tashi Choling monastery where the Chang pas pray to the Rain God and the ever-changing life of the Chang pas, have all been shot in all their splendor and festivity.

The man and his camera travels even beyond the realm of practicality as he films the monastery at Chumur, the very first time a camera has ever entered the said monastery.

'Riding Solo to the Top of the World', in essence, is a film about a journey that begins as an adventure and ends with the man, Gaurav Jani, seeking the person within.

About Film 2 -
'Remembering Gaurav Jani' was made in memory of Gaurav by Sankalp Meshram.
Watch 'The War You Don't See' at https://vimeo.com/67739294

Send your questions/comments for John Pilger, the director, on our Facebook page bit.ly/JohnPilgerFilm or at vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Synopsis -

'The War You Don't See' (2011) is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war, tracing the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an 'electronic battlefield' in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims. But who is the real enemy?
Coming Up: 'Adam Surot' ('The Inner Strength') + 'Tareque Masud and the Journey to Adam Surot' and Q&A with Catherine Masud

The link to watch the films will be shared on Friday noon. Sharing the trailer of Film 1 for now: https://vimeo.com/194297121
Watch 'Adam Surot' ('The Inner Strength') at https://vimeo.com/154901602

Watch 'Tareque Masud and the Journey to Adam Surot' at https://vimeo.com/384012680

Post your questions for Catherine Masud at bit.ly/September-Films or write to vikalpscreenings@gmail.com by Sunday midnight.

Synopsis of Film 1 -

In 1982, Tareque Masud began work on what eventually became a 7-year labour of love– a documentary on the Bangladeshi avant-garde, artist S.M. Sultan. Sultan was, by that time, already renowned as an epic large-canvas painter of the Bangladesh peasantry. But he was also someone outside the mainstream of Bangladeshi post-1971 art– a fiercely non-conformist, cross-dressing bohemian, who lived in the dilapidated remains of a zamindar (landlord) palace, with dozens of cats in attendance.

Sultan’s unique art form, and his unconventional persona initially attracted Tareque to the story. However, over several years of close association with Sultan, Tareque and his cameraman Mishuk Munier, developed a deep understanding of Sultan’s philosophy about the peasantry, their culture, and their strong attachment to the land. Sultan’s unique worldview, and its reflection in his art, became the focus of Masud’s documentary.

Made on a threadbare budget with limited means and experience, Masud’s first film was finally completed in 1989. The intensive association with Sultan left a profound impression on Masud, which influenced his subsequent work with its emphasis on folk culture and rural life. It was also the beginning of a collaboration with cinematographer Munier that would span nearly three decades, ending with the tragic death of both Masud and Munier in a road crash in 2011.

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About Film 2 -

In this film, Tareque speaks of the journey of making 'Adam Surot' and the impact it had on his life and art.
Coming Up: 'Presence' and 'Distance' + Q&A with Yashaswini and Ekta

The link to watch the films will be shared on Friday noon. Sharing the trailers for now:

https://vimeo.com/79555829

https://vimeo.com/77974377
Watch 'Presence' and 'Distance' and send your questions for the directors Yashaswini and Ekta.

Link to watch 'Presence' - https://vimeo.com/79565107

Link to watch 'Distance' - https://vimeo.com/111602583

You can post your questions at bit.ly/Sept-Films by Sunday midnight.

About 'Presence' -

Ghost stories narrated by workers amidst a rapidly transforming city. 'Presence' is the second film from Behind the Tin Sheets project, started in the year 2009.

About 'Distance' -

This film delves into the inner worlds of migrant construction workers through stories of love and longing.