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Mumbai: The Art (and craft) of documentary films

By NewsDesk • Published on April 14, 2008


Awishkar in association with Vikalp and The Short Circuit presents

The Art (and craft) of documentary films

An evening exploring the documentary form with cameraperson Ajay Noronha, editor
Jabeen Merchant, and director Madhusree Dutta.

Awishkar April 19th from 5 pm to 9.30 pm

Session One
5 pm to 6.30 pm
Manufacturing images
This session looks at the challenges faced when shooting for documentaries, and
the evolving aesthetics of the documentary image. Ajay Noronha will illustrate
his presentation with clips from his favourite documentary films, and from his
own work.

Session Two
6.45 to 8 pm
Creating meaning from images
Is it true that a documentary film is constructed on the editing table? Jabeen
Merchant explores the process of structuring and editing documentary films. Her
presentation looks at how seemingly random images are brought together on the
editing table to create meanings, and examines the process of story-telling in
documentary as opposed to fiction films.

Session Three
8.15 to 9.30 pm
A Director’s View
Madhusree Dutta’s first film on the riot affected neighbourhood of Behrampada
changed her view of the world. In her presentation she juxtaposes the history
of documentary films in India with her own personal journey as a film maker.
Clips from her own films and from films she admires and has learnt from provide
an insight into a documentary film director’s view.


Ajay Noronha Ajay Noronha is a Mumbai based cameraperson/director who divides
his time between documentary film, television and teaching. He has shot for several
Indian n international documentaries and has directed a film on tourism related
paedophilia called “Bhailey” (Outsiders).

Jabeen Merchant Jabeen Merchant is an alumna of the FTII, Pune. She
has been editing documentaries for the last 13 years, as well as fiction feature
films and a range of TV shows. She also teaches and writes on film.

Madhusree Dutta has been making documentary films since 1993. She is executive
director of Majlis, a centre for multi-disciplinary art initiatives.

Date: 19th April 2008

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Damages: Rs 50/- per person
(Rs 25/- for students with valid ID)
Venue: Awishkar
New Municipal High School,
Miya Mohhammad Chotani Marg, 3 rd cross lane,
Mahim (w)

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