Rahul Jain‘s documentary film Machines presents an intimate portrayal of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Premiered at IDFA,Netherlands in 2016 and an official selection at Sundance Film Festival 2017, the film examines the dehumanizing physical labor and hardship in the factory, exposes the pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries. Though “Machines” only portrays one of these factories, it also represents the thousands of laborers as well.Continue reading “Machines: Trailer”
Memories of a Forgotten War National Award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker is a forthcoming documentary film on a very relevant topic, the battles of the 1940’s in the North-East which seem to be now forgotten by most people. The film is produced by Subimal Bhattacharjee,an independent defence, cyber security and high end technology policy issues policy analyst based out of New Delhi and directed by Utpal Borpujari,National Award-winning film critic-turned-filmmaker whose films have been doing the festival circuit of late.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) groups and individuals across India have been clamouring for the reading down of the colonial law Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which carries a heavy sentence of 10 years or upto life for sexual activities ‘against the order of nature’. While the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexuality in 2009, the Supreme Court reversed the decision in 2013 stating that “The Court held that there is very little evidence to show that the provision is being misused by the police.”Continue reading “‘Breaking Free’ Screening & Trailer”
A marriage is between two families and not only between two individuals, they say. It certainly helps if the families of the prospective bride and groom get along well. In India wherein arrange marriages are still the rule, the two individuals to be married generally have very little say in the matters of marriage. Now, imagine a Tamil boy from Cuddalore who is the first in their family to have chosen to marry out of love and that too to a European girl from Germany who comes to visit them along with her own parents. Filmmakers Franziska Schönenberger and Jayakrishnan Subramanian who have fallen in love and have decided to the tie the knot, capture exactly this situation in their heartwarming documentary film Amma and Appa by inverting the camera on themselves and their family.Continue reading “Amma and Appa Documentary Review: Charming clash of cultures”
In Khalnayak, that 90’s potboiler spin off of Ramayan, Ballu Balwan threatens the police head and jailor that come what may he would get escape on the date he decides to. Sitting right inside the jail, he makes grand statements and threats to not just the jail officials but the public at large, not once fearing for his fate leave alone remorsing for what he did to get in there.
Watching Leslee Udwin’s documentary India’s Daughter reminded me of this character from Khalnayak almost instantly. A banned commodity in the country (more on that a little later) the documentary has been creating reams of news and discussions; even forcing our reticent law makers to stand up and give impassionate speeches. As I watched the documentary online, like scores of friends on my timeline, goaded by #tags for and against it, I could not help but wonder what was all this fuss about?Continue reading “India’s Daughter: An Opportunity Lost”
Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director, screenwriter and producer. He moved to the United States in 1981 and is known for directing the Pusher films (1996, 2004, 2005), Drive (2011) and Only God Forgives (2013). Winding Refn is married to actress Liv Corfixen, with whom he has two daughters. Refn’s wife, Liv Corfixen, wrote and directed a documentary entitled My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, which chronicles the “behind the scenes” experience of shooting ‘Only God Forgives‘ when the entire family had to be relocated to Thailand.Continue reading “My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn: Trailer”
A German production and directed by Franziska Schönenberger and her fiance Jayakrishnan Subramanian, Amma and Appa is a documentary film about their marriage.
Amma & Appa – Tamil for Mother and Father – tells the story of two married couples – both around the same age, both married for more than thirty years; yet from totally different cultural settings: Bavaria and India. They come together because their children have fallen in love and want to shoot a documentary film about this meeting of cultures. Amma & Appa is a humorous and sensitive exploration of the biographies and love stories of two couples, who are so different but only at first glance.