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Posts from — July 2009

A glimpse into Ladakhi cinema

An interesting look into the unknown territory of Ladakhi cinema. Written by Neha Bhatt, Business Standard.

Loudspeaker fixed on top, a Maruti Omni drives through the town of Leh, blaring an announcement that echoes in the valley. The announcement brings news of Ladakh’s latest and most expensive local film, LAS-DEL. The poster of the movie, pasted on the van’s windscreen, features the face of Ladakh’s most sought-after actress, homemaker Stanzin. Later in the day, hundreds queue up outside the only theatre in town, the community hall where LAS-DEL will be screened, running house-full three shows a day.

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July 29, 2009   1 Comment  

Bamako: Arguments for Africa

Still from film

Still from film

Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako is an audacious film. It encourages us to ponder over the conceit of rational argumentation and the irrationality of rations for the world’s poorest. The film presents a trial of the IMF and World Bank, set in the courtyard of a multi-family dwelling in the capital of Mali with the African civil society acting as plaintiff. Though Bamako runs the risk of being labelled a “festival film” due to the subject and treatment, the film’s modest juxtaposition of modernist argumentation in a courtyard filled with the banal, the sick and the low-brow lays bare the futility of discussions about ethics in the African public sphere. [Read more →]

July 27, 2009   No Comments  

Compass of Desire Festival — Call for Entries

Calling all fanatical and passionate film producers, flamboyant cultivators of the moving image! Five Minutes of Fire challenges you to create and submit short films around the theme of desire. Part of ‘The Compass of Desire Festival’, Five Minutes of Fire will bring together film-makers from far and wide to exhibit their work here in Bristol, UK. [Read more →]

July 20, 2009   No Comments  

CFP: European Producers and Production (Wide Screen spl issue)

Call For Papers – Special Issue of Wide Screen [Read more →]

July 16, 2009   No Comments