As part of our Film & Documentary Screening series this month we bring to you Displacement_1: a series of films on the experience of being displaced. In its first instalment, we have two incredible debuts Time Will Tell by Surbhi Dewan and Prakata Het Yad by Milind Dhaimade. Followed by a post-screening discussion. Programmed by Vasudha Wantu.
Door 19:30 | Film 20:00 | Entry Free
Time Will Tell is about three international students in America experiencing isolation and nostalgia for their far-away homes. Intimate memories, poetry, and their native languages come together to create a canvas of personal pain in the ‘land of opportunity’. Inspired by the filmmaker’s own experience, this short film serves as a catharsis for the loneliness that plagues the lives of migrants and often goes unrecognised.
Three students from different parts of the world talk in their mother tongues about their journey to America. They share anecdotes about their loved ones who were left behind. Though each one of them is emotionally connected to their home country, the decision to move back is not going to be an easy one.
Using extreme close-ups, animation, and three different languages (Greek, Russian, and Spanish), the film invites the viewer into a uniquely personal audio-visual space. The poetry recited by the subjects is originally written in English by the Kashmiri- American poet Agha Shahid Ali.
Awards: Best Documentary Award – Chennai Shorts Global Film Festival 2012; Special Festival Mention – Bangalore Shorts Film Festival 2012; 3rd Prize, Best Film – Shot Too Short Digital Film Festival 2011; Official Selection at Trans-ideology: Nostalgia’, Transartfest Biennale, Berlin, 2013; Anthology Film Archives, NYC, 2011; Siouxland Film Festival, Utah, 2010; Festival of Migrant Films, Slovenia, 2013
Duration: 14 minutes
Language: Greek, Russian, Spanish (with subtitles).
Director: Surbhi Dewan is an independent filmmaker. She enjoys weaving poetic narratives around themes of migration, identity and nostalgia. Her films connect personal portraits to larger socio-political landscapes. She has produced a number of short creative documentaries that have been showcased in film festivals across the world. Surbhi graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in film from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. www.paintedtreepictures.com/surbhidewan
Prakata Het Yad: a film in gibberish, is a cynical look at modern day urban India living in a near psychosis of outwardly, steeped in westernism yet inwardly, afraid to lose its ritualism. A ‘vagabond’ family that carries all its belongings in a three-wheeler pick van, decides to setup home in a public park, using all the parks resources with great impunity. While they might seem free-spirited and unconventional, we soon realize they are equally bound by materialism, conventions, ideals and dreams.
Awards: Best Short (Viewer’s Choice) River to River Indian Film Festival Florance. Official selection at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Duration: 20 minutes
Director: Milind Dhaimade is a Filmmaker, Writer, Lyricist, Actor, Producer and Founder of Love and Faith Films and Design in Mumbai with three decades of experience. As a storyteller, he is interested in films as a study of societal frameworks that control and hold back individual spirit. His most recent film ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’ has been widely praised – Official selection at BFI London International Film Festival, MISSAF (Best Director, Best Actress), NYIFF Chicago Indian Film Festival (Best Film, Best Director), Cinequest(Best Movie Drama Audience Choice). Tu Hai Mera Sunday is now on Netflix.