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Films Division sets up Film Club in Mumbai

By NewsDesk • Published on July 12, 2012

John and Jane

Films Division is setting up a Film Club in Mumbai that will host its first screening on July 14 with SNS Sastry’s I Am Twenty and Ashim Ahluwalia’s John and Jane (Read DearCinema Review).

Both the films will be screened in their original 35mm format.

The curatorial note: Two iconic films about the youth of a nation, one made while the nation was young and idealistic and the other after it had turned fifty. Both use young people as a metaphor for the nation and national identity. One deals with a nation’s contradictions while still holding on to hope, while the other brings the contradictions-turned-schizophrenia disturbingly in your face.

The screenings are free and open to all. 

The Film Club will meet every Saturday at 4 pm. The programme will be curated by film makers, film scholars, technicians and film-buffs. The thought behind this initiative is to revisit films from Film Division’s archives and screen them alongside independent films of different genres.

Programme details

Directed by SNS Sastry, Films Division, 35mm, B/W, 20 min, 1967

Twenty years after India’s independence, the film maker travels across the country and interviews its youth, those born in 1947. What does independence mean to them? What are their dreams? How do they see themselves and the young nation that they symbolise? The answers have a mix of idealism, irony, sarcasm, dismay, hope and optimism. This is SNS Sastry’s most celebrated film. It is as relevant today as it was forty years ago.

Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, Future East Film, 35mm, Colour, 83 min, 2005

In vast, fluorescent rooms, thousands of young Indians talk to people in remote places in America – Kentucky, California or Idaho. Bridging continents by telephone, they pitch products and soothe frayed consumer nerves. This is the world of offshore call centres. What is it like to transport yourself to a remote land you’ve never even seen? How does it feel to live so far outside your own body?

The film follows six characters and their personal journeys in an entirely original and fitting cinematic language, to express the eerie dislocation of virtual work. The lives it depicts are real, but the film’s approach gives those lives the scope of speculative fiction.

The film won a national award, was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and had a theatrical release in the US.

RR Theatre
10th floor
Films Division
24, Pedder Road
Mumbai – 400026

Date and time
Saturday, 14th July, 4 pm

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