• Patan dhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal

    April 21-24

    Yala Maya Kendra

    Event Info

    1. Reel, Real, Virtual Violence and the Gendered Body [Thursday 21 April 2.00-3.00 PM]

    Violence on women’s, queer and marginalised bodies continues to be a daily, horrifying reality across the region. From the more obvious forms of assault, women are also confronted with online violence, which seeks to push them out of the digital public. On-screen violence both blatant and insidious has been the staple of mainstream cinema in Southasia. This panel explores how hyper-nationalistic and right-wing discourse and their imagery impacts the rights of women and other marginalised sections and also, how it has been met with creative resistance and pushback.

    • Nikita Tripathi, researcher and media producer, Kathmandu on online justice seeking practices
    • Parismita Singh, writer and graphic novelist, Guwahati on comics being the vehicle of nationalism and violence against women.
    • Anna MM Vetticad, film critic and author, Delhi on newer trends in Indian cinema and the push back to sexual violence both on and off screen

    Moderator: Pawas Manandhar, researcher and program manager, Hri


    1. FSA@25: The Incredible Journey [Thursday 21 April, 5 pm]
    • Shahidul Alam, photojournalist and activist, Bangladesh
    • Kabir Khan, director, screenwriter and cinematographer, India
    • Farjad Nabi, writer, film producer, director, cinematographer, Pakistan
    • Ramyata Limbu, writer, producer and festival director, Nepal
    • Mitu Varma, journalist and festival director, India
    • Gargi Sen, filmmaker, distributor and curator, India

    Moderator: Kanak Mani Dixit, Chair, Film South Asia

    1. Bearing Witness to Social Movements of our Times [Friday 22 April, 3.15 PM]

    The contemporary history of Southasia is one of upheaval, transformative social change and the pushback. This panel will explore the documenting of narratives as insiders and participants, training the lens both within and without.

    • Uma Chakravarti (filmmaker, Yeh Lo Bayan Hamare) on Civil rights movement, India
    • Anam Abbas (filmmaker, This stained dawn) on Women’s rights movement, Pakistan
    • Shahidul Alam, photographer and activist, Bangladesh

    Moderator: Laxmi Murthy, journalist and researcher

    1. Create, Curate, Collaborate: Making and sharing art during and post-pandemic [Friday 22 April 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm]

    The pandemic has been a tough period of artists, filmmakers, and performers across the board, with fund crunches, lack of mobility and people-to-people contact having been drastically curtailed for the most part of two years. Confined to individual spaces, cut off from real life public interactions, mental health challenges have encouraged a re-think of ‘creativity’ and ‘productivity’ and perhaps even ‘art’ itself. This panel will explore the making of art during lockdowns, finding innovative ways to exhibit and share visions in unprecedented ways. From going digital to using social media, to broadening horizon due to unlocking of physical barriers, artists have come through the trial in different ways.

    • Ujen Norbu Gurung, curator and artist, Kathmandu on making art, innovations in exhibiting and re-thinking frames
    • Ayisha Abraham, visual artist and visual arts consultant, Bangalore on New Waves: Experiments while in lockdown
    • Meenakshi Shedde, Script Mentor/Consultant to international film labs and film funds, Mumbai on South Asian cinema and international film funds: Whose story is it?
    • Gurpal Singh, actor, director, curator, mentor, Mumbai on Connecting people, places, and communities through art.

    Moderator: NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, photographer and curator

    1. Away from Home: The Exile experience [Saturday, 23 April 5:00-6:00 pm]

    Southasia has witnessed tumultuous times since the beginning of the formation of nation states in the region. Border and territorial disputes, armed conflict and violent ethno-nationalism has led some people to be driven away from their land, some never to return. The panelists speak to our deepest longing to remain connected to our homelands and our people. Painful journeys, poignant moments and the dailiness of alienation are inherent to the human condition, whether or not we belong.

    • Madhulika Jalali (filmmaker, Ghar ka Pata) on Kashmir/Pandits
    • Bani Singh (filmmaker, Longing) on India-Pakistan
    • Sumathy (filmmaker, Amid the Villus) on Displaced Muslim community, Sri Lanka
    • Shahidul Alam on Rohingyas

    Moderator: Aunohita Mojumdar, Southasian journalist with experience of working in India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Former editor, Himal Southasian.

    1. Re-casting Cinema: Mainstreaming Caste in Indian Cinema [Sunday April 24, 2022. 5.30-6.30 pm]

    Caste in Indian mainstream cinema has been largely invisiblised and/or stereotyped, much like discussions around caste in Indian society itself. What have been the markers to signify caste and how do they reinforce the caste system? How has the savarna domination of production, direction and casting influenced the content of popular cinema? To what extent do more recent films break these moulds and reshape the marginalization of caste, gender, sexualities and ethnicity?

    • Ankit Khadgi, journalist and film critic, Kathmandu
    • Pa Ranjith, filmmaker, Chennai (TBC)
    • Jyotsna Siddharth, actor, anti-caste activist, feminist, and writer based in Delhi
    • Arivu, rapper, lyricist and singer, The Casteless Collective, Chennai

    Moderator: AS Panneerselvan, Fellow, Centre for Study in Public Sphere, Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai


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