Documentary Screening: May 24, Sunday, 3 pm at Barasat
One-day Documentary film screening
Organized by 'Barasat Onyomon'
Film selection and presentation by Cinema of Resistance (Kolkata Chapter)
Date: 24 May (Sunday)
Venue: Barasat Subhas Institute Hall (nearest landmark: Barasat Colony Mowr)
Time: 3 pm to 9 pm
Nam Poribortito - Mitali Biswas
Gadi Lohardaga Mail - Biju Toppo and Meghnath Akhra
The Referendum - Tarun Kumar Mishra
Pahli Avaz (First Cry) - Ajay TG
Brief synopses of the films:
Nam Poribortito is about rape and gender violence in West Bengal and the rest of the country. Through a series of incidents with focus on the survivors and victims it examines the various aspects of the crisis, looks for social and political roots of the problem and examines the women's movement fighting patriarchy. Some of the women fighting this battle against patriarchal 'norms and common-sense' on the ground will take part in the post-screening discussions.
Gadi Lohardaga Mail is a documentation of people’s memories about a passenger train that ran on the now-defunct meter-gauge tracks till 2003. Accompanying the last journey of the train, the film archives some unforgettable melodies. Namely, 'biraha gaan' of the working class (working class songs of migration, separation and longing), songs of Jharkhandi identity and folk songs about the train becoming an inseparable part of the Jharkhandi landscape.
The Referendum documents the historic defeat of the the Vedanta mining company in the hands of the adivasis of Niyamgiri, where the multinational mining giant lost 12-0 to the adivasis in a series of 12 Gram Sabha referendums which unanimously rejected the mining company's bid for Bauxite mining and refining in the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha. In a film where even the concept of 'god' and 'worship' splits into two divergent worldviews, we have a strong document of people-centric and environment-centric struggles against mindless corporate loot.
First Cry is the story of the Shaheed Hospital and People's Health movement in Dalli-Rajhara under the able leadership of the workers' movement of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha led by comrade Shankar Guha Niyogi. The film is much more than just the story. It also dwells on the meaning and essence of the slogan 'Sangharsh aur Nirman' (Struggle and Synthesis) through praxis. Activists who have engaged in people's health movements over decades will take part in the post-screening discussion
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