The Festival of Emerging Cinemas is a celebration of the diversity in creative expression of the cinemas that are emerging in the towns and villages of India. These are made by people driven by love for cinema and/or irrepressible urge to talk about a social or political issue. The filmmaker may be a social activist or a bollywood buff, a trained director or a self taught practitioner. They live and work in Ranchi, Imphal, Leh, Niyamgiri and Malegaon and other towns, and make films largely for the local people using innovative ways to tackle the paucity of financial resources. Their films are different in identity, style and content from what is generally seen in Delhi and other metros. They are films which have something to say, speak in a local idiom, and are rooted in the region.
The films - features, short fiction, documentaries and music videos will be shown at IHC on five evenings (August 8-12). The festival is envisioned as a platform for dialogues between the different Indias that coexist, but usually do not interact with each other.
8th August : Baha (Sadri/Nagpuri/2009/112mins) Dir.Shriprakash A young tribal man dreams of becoming a singer against the backdrop of the Jharkhand music industry.
9th August : Malegaon Ke Sholay (Hindi/1999/150mins) Dir.Shaikh Nasir An innovative and delightful reworking of the Bollywood classic Sholay
10th August : Presentation on Music Videos from Uttarakhand by Journalist/Musician Himanshu Joshi
The Lament Of Niyamraja (Kondh/2007/13mins) Dir. Suryashankar Dash The song of a mountain is sold to a mining company by the government. It is sung by a bard of the Dongaria Kondh adivasi community who consider the mountain sacred and who are aghast at the commercialization of their rituals.
Gadi Lohardaga Mail (Nagpuri/2006/27mins) Dirs.Meghnath & Biju Toppo A musical journey intertwining the pathos of the peoples’ struggle for survival and the end of a narrow gauge train between Ranchi and Lohardaga. Sona Gahi Pinjara (Kurukhi/2006/20mins) Dir.Biju Toppo A musical short fiction film about how people from tribal communities are unable to attend their festivals back home because the official set up does not recognise them.
11th August : Tokskal (Ladhaki/2004/80mins) Dir.Jigmet Omachik A historical costume drama based on a traditional Ladhaki tale exploring truth and love.
12th August : The Sun Is Still Not Setting (Manipuri/2010/27mins) Dir.Suvas Elangbam A poignant film that captures the simplicity and gentleness in the life of a little girl living with her grandfather in the backdrop of strife torn Imphal. Brief Companion In A Capital City (Manipuri/2009/65mins) Dir.Dorendra Waribam A deeply personal exploration of the city of Delhi through the eyes of an ‘outsider’.
Collaboration : International Association Of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT)