Tempo Documentary Festival invites you to 3 days full of Indian documentary film, filmmakers and parties! The theme for the weekend is activism and the red thread through all the films is the camera as a weapon for social change. Join the Gulabi Gang in their fight against domestic violence, meet the street theatre group that challenges prejudices and get to know some of India’s most influential contemporary artists and their work. Welcome to a weekend full of Indian stories that will take you far beyond Bollywood!
GULABI GANG by Nishtha Jain
2 november 16.00, Bio Rio
Sampat Pal is from an area of northern India plagued by drought, poverty and corruption. Life there is tough for the people at the bottom of the traditional caste system, the dalits (untouchables) and women. Violence and intimidation are business as usual. Sampat became aware of the unfairness of the system at an early age. In 2006, she founded Gulabi Gang, an organization run by and for women. It raises the issue of injustice against women and dalits and teaches them how to defend themselves. The group goes from village to village dressed in pink saris and armed with sticks. The organization currently has several thousand members spread over a large area. The film documents their struggle, showing the women at recruitment meetings, investigating the death by burning of a young woman and attending to various domestic conflicts. They are fearless, and they won’t rest until an official investigation is started and the perpetrators are punished. But will they be equally persistent when their own families are involved, or will traditions gain the upper hand after all?
After the screening: Meet the screen writer and researcher Smriti Nevatia and hear her talk about the making of the film as well as her feministic activism in India.
NIRNAY by Pushpa Rawat
2 november, 19.00, Salong 4
The film is Pushpa’s personal journey as she tries to make sense of her own life, and that of her women friends. Set in a lower middle class neighbourhood in the outskirts of Delhi, it explores the lives of women, who are young, educated and bright, but who feel bound and helpless when it comes to taking any major decision regarding their life, be it career or marriage. By following the lives of the women over three years, the film documents the changes in their lives and tries to capture the essence of their existence, at times through conversations, and at others by simply observing their seemingly innocuous everyday routines.
THE GHETTO GIRL by Ambarien Al-Qadar
2 november, 19.00, Salong 4
In what is also known as India’s ‘Little Pakistan’ in New Delhi, a girl is on a search for a lost home movie. The search takes her into the mapless lanes of the place she calls home. Lanes conceal a history and a past. A love and loss tale about being Muslim in India today.
PLEASE DON’T BEAT ME, SIR! by Kerim Friedman and Shashwati Talukdar
3 november, 11.00 (movie breakfast), Bio Rio
4 november, 10.00 (school screening), Bio Rio
4 november, 13.00 (school screening) , Bio Rio
Over 60 million Indians belong to communities imprisoned by the British as ”criminals by birth.” The Chhara of Ahmedabad, in Western India, are one of 198 such ”Criminal Tribes.” Declaring that they are ”born actors,” not ”born criminals,” a group of Chhara youth have turned to street theater in their fight against police brutality, corruption, and the stigma of criminality — a stigma internalized by their own grandparents. Please Don’t Beat Me, Sir! follows the lives of these young actors and their families as they take their struggle to the streets, hoping their plays will spark a revolution.
After the screening: Meet the director Shashwati Talukdar and hear her talk about the making of the film.
TO LET THE WORLD IN by Avijit Mukul Kishore
3 november, 14.00, Bio Rio
India’s rising influence on the world stage has been measured by its recent economic success. Lesser-known but of equal significance is its contemporary art scene, which is making waves internationally and challenging many Western perceptions about the country. Filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore retraces a difficult but liberating few decades for Indian art from the 1980s to the present day through a collage of interviews, archival photographs, and artworks. As varied as the twelve featured artists were – and are – they worked at a time of significant social change. And on every culturally-attuned mind was one thing that far outweighed the rest: the quest for identity. Describing their artistic journeys with the grace of older age and hindsight, they recall struggles against conventions (Nilima Sheikh), politics (Anita Dube), and sexuality (Ranbir Kaleka), issues that have remained just as contentious in these precarious times.
Won the Audience award att Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013!
After the screening: Meet the director Avijit Mukul Kishore and hear him talk about the making of the film.
All films have English subtitles and the talks will be held in English.
Tickets at biorio.se