“Celluloid Man” to screen at British Film Institute
Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will be screened on July 7 at the BFI Southbank in London. This screening has been organized by the British Film Institute and the South Asian Cinema Foundation (SAF).
Celluloid Man is an award-winning documentary on the life and work of film archivist P.K. Nair who is the founder-director of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).
P.K. Nair and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will discuss the film with Lalit Mohan Joshi of the South Asian Cinema Foundation after the screening.
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will deliver the South Asian Cinema Foundation’s 11th Dada Saheb Phalke Memorial Lecture on “The Future of Indian Cinema’s Past” on July 9 at The Nehru Center in London.
Dungarpur will talk about lost films of Indian cinema such as Alam Ara (1931) and the commitment to find them. He will elaborate on the importance of creating awareness and attitudinal change for film preservation as an inherent part of a society’s culture and history and not just as a commercial venture or mere entertainment.
Instituted by the SAF in 2002, the Phalke Memorial Lecture is held annually to raise issues and awareness about South Asian cinema.