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SubVersions | Volume 2. Issue 1. 2014

The papers in this issue of SubVersions have their genesis in the 5th 
edition of Frames of Reference (FoR), the annual student-organised 
seminar of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of 
Social Sciences. The theme of the seminar, ‘Violence/Erasure/Memory’ was 
an attempt to initiate conversations around the wave of communal 
violence that swept through many parts of the country two decades ago in 
the aftermath of large-scale mobilisation by various Hindu 
fundamentalist outfits around the Babri Masjid dispute. The contemporary 
resurgence of the chauvinist right-wing forces in the country, built 
upon a sustained campaign to rewrite history and erase memories, 
warrants an engagement with voices that explore memories of violence and 
the violence of erasure, not only in the context of religion but also in 
the context of everyday, normalised – physical as well as symbolic – 
violence that preserves and perpetuates the oppressive edifices of 
patriarchy, caste, and class.

About SubVersions
SubVersions is  the online journal of the School of Media and Cultural 
Studies (SMCS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The journal 
focuses on the work of young scholars, We draw on the research and 
writing done by students towards their M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. 
dissertations, as well as papers presented at the SMCS annual student 
seminar, Frames of Reference. As will be evident from the papers we have 
so far published, our intention is to showcase critical post-graduate 
student research work from a diversity of institutions, including our 
own, done in the interdisciplinary realms of Media and Cultural Studies.
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Photography & HDSLR Film Making Workshop <at> Bangalore. 25-27 July. [2 Attachments]


Dear Docuwallahs, Photographers & Filmmakers,


For those who missed it, we are repeating

a 3-day intensive Top Quark Workshop

on digital photography & HDSLR filmmaking

<at> Bangalore


by National Award-winning Filmmakers 

Nandan Saxena & Kavita Bahl.


§  July 25:           Digital PHOTOGRAPHY

§  July 25-27:       HDSLR Filmmaking.


Venue: Paradigm Shift, Koramangala, Bangalore.


1 day Photography Workshop,

3 days of re-tooling for filmmakers,

A window into HDSLR filmmaking for students & enthusiasts



For further details you can get in touch with

Mayank Rungta      +91- 9845 155447

Sushil Katre             +91- 9741 188993

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Some Previous Master-classes & Workshops:

2014. DSLR Workshop <at> Suchitra Film Society, Bangalore.

2014. DSLR Workshop <at> Jatin Das Centre of Art, Bhubaneshwar.

2013. Top Quark Workshop, Akshara Theatre, New Delhi.

2013. Open Frame Film Festival (PSBT), New Delhi.

2013. London College of Communication, London.

2013. DSLR Workshop <at> Jatin Das Centre of Art, Bhubaneshwar.

2012. Mumbai International Film Festival. Experimental Theatre, NCPA.

2011. Vatavaran Film Festival. The Convention Centre, New Delhi.

2011. Central University of Rajasthan. Kishangarh, Rajasthan.

2010, 2011. Action Northeast Trust, Bongaigaon, Assam.


Details about the previous workshops:



The Workshop:

Starting with the basics of digital photography (on day 1) we shall move on to more complex uses of Digital SLRs.


In subsequent days of the workshop, we shall deal with issues like how to avoid the usual traps of working with HDSLRs- the moire, the jello, the heating and the ergonomics. There shall also be a demonstration of the gear required to convert the HDSLR into a filmmaking device.


We shall also touch upon Sound recording and lighting for the HDSLR filmmaking.


We try to give an overview of the HDSLRs from the iconic Canon EOS 5DMkII, the EOD 7D to the new additions to our filmmaking tools like the Nikon D 800 and the D-5300. We also take a peek at the 4K scenario where the Panasonic GH4 is giving a challenge to conventional cameras.


We are practitioners. The workshop is not meant to discuss theory and details of frame rates, line interpolation or film emulsion properties v/s the digital image. We are people who can show others what can be done in a small budget using HDSLRs.


Filmmakers and Cinematographers wanting to make the transition to the emerging digital technologies and students of filmmaking, besides photographers and enthusiasts, have attended our previous workshops.



About The Mentors:

Nandan and Kavita have offered twelve HDSLR Filmmaking Workshops at various institutions and festivals. They raise resources for their independent films by offering such workshops.


Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl are National-Award-winning independent filmmakers. Their oeuvre spans the domains of culture, ecology, livelihoods, development and human rights. Over the years, they have evolved their own style of filmmaking – that tries to give form to the shifting sands between 'documentary' and 'features'.


Nandan and Kavita have been visiting faculty at the Central University of Rajasthan, teaching Photography and Video Production in the department of Culture and Media Studies.


Nandan is an avid photographer. In 2009, he had a 30-day solo exhibition of his photographs at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.


They have just completed a trilogy of films on 'Development, Human Rights and Agrarian crisis' in India. The films in the trilogy are:


Candles in the Wind witnesses the silent march of the widows of the Green Revolution in Punjab, as they re-negotiate the rules of engagement and the politics of domination in their bid to survive.


Special Mention / 61st National Film Awards / 2013

John Abraham National Film Award for Best Documentary / SiGNS Film Festival / Kerala / 2014

World Premiere: Thessaloniki Film Fest / Greece / 2014


Cotton for my shroud is a film on the escalating suicides of cotton farmers in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.


National Film Award for Best Investigative Film / 2011

Awarded at Dhan Foundation Film Festival / Madurai / 2012

Gold for Script / IDPA Awards for Excellence / Mumbai / 2013

Headline Film- World Investigative Film Week / London / 2013


Dammed documents the resilient, non-violent Gandhian struggle of the mega dam-affected citizens of the Narmada Valley in India.


It is the story of the grit and determination of the Dam-affected villagers of Madhya Pradesh in India, submerged neck-deep in the water of River Narmada, protesting against the apathy of the Indian government and an exploitative Dam Corporation.


Best Film - ‘Water for All’ / Vatavaran Film Festival / 2014

International Premiere: FICA / Brazil / 1 June 2014

(FICA 2014 - International Environmental Film and Video Festival, Brazil)



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Nandan Saxena
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Screening of 'The Corporation' | Presented by Vikalp <at> Prithvi on July 25 in Bombay [1 Attachment]

On 25th July, Vikalp <at> Prithvi presents 'The Corporation' followed by a discussion. 

About the Film:

Winner of 26 International Awards! 

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, 'The Corporation' explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, 'The Corporation' is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" 

'The Corporation' - directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott - includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

The film is based on the book 'The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power' by Joel Bakan.



Screening Details -

Friday, 25 July, 7 pm (Vikalp <at> Prithvi screenings have moved from the last Monday of every month to the last Friday of every month.)

At Prithvi House, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Bombay

Entry Free | On a First-Come-First-Seated Basis

For any queries, email vikalpscreenings <at> gmail.com

To RSVP on the Facebook Event Page: http://tinyurl.com/VikalpFilmInJuly

To join the Facebook Group: http://tinyurl.com/Vikalp-Prithvi


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INVITATION TO HELLO CINEMA FILM CLUB SCREENING <at> 6.30pm on Saturday, 19July2014 at Chinmaya Ranjan, Chittranjan Park [1 Attachment]

HELLO CINEMA FILM CLUB invites you to its MONTHLY FILM CLUB Screening!

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       6:30PM                       SATURDAY                      CHINMAYA RANJAN                        9818310770
                                          19 July 2014                  H 1589, Chittranjan Park                  9999474811
                                          New Delhi 110019
                                          Behind Market No. 2
DAAK NOUKA directed by Rohitaswa Mukherjee
Dur: 27 mins, India


“DAAK NOUKA”(the drifting boat) is a film which tells a fairy  tale about a small coastal village and the people living there. It has a linear documentation of their day to day monotonous life with the help of subtle abstractions. Every character of this fairytale   gives birth to freedom of their internal wings of desire ...and life goes on. Saikat and Savitri are plagued by their own destinies. Saikat attempt to accept life as it comes and Savitri's search for her husband lost out into the sea. As their paths cross they are bought together yet never really together. Surging momentarily they go back into the life that they know of. Nothing changes yet nothing quite remains the same.

LITTLE HANDS directed by Rohin Raveendran Nair

Dur: 7:30 mins, India


Little Hands tells the story of Jobin George, a sixth grader, as he sits through a difficult mathematics examination. With hostile classmates all around, a strict teacher on the prowl and pencils in motion he loses hope. This examination forces Jobin to answer several difficult questions, some of mathematics and some other.

BETWEEN THE RAINS directed by Samimitra Das
Dur: 27 mins, India

The story is about the city, for that matter where people from all parts of the country come in search of work and embark on their own individual journeys. Priorities and choices we take as individuals under circumstances make us who we are. Honesty is an opportunity cost and our stakes get defined by it. All the characters are at different stages of breaking out from their compartmentalized identities that society inflicts on them. Some individuals stay inside it and revolt by being indifferent and ignoring the need to make a choice which affects the other person. They end up staying in their own little islands. While others, take a higher risk and put more at stake and have faith in a chance encounter and the belief that they will connect with each other.

CALL MARX directed by Anantha Krishnan
Dur: 6 mins, India

This fiction poetically remember philosopher Karl Marx and relevance of Marxian economic philosophy at the time economic recession and wall street revolution. how capitalism faces challenges, before 100 years ago he prophetically predicted catastrophe of capitalism. "Venkity and his wife are asleep. In deep sleep he talks about Karl Marx and economic recession, Fearing that the children would wake up hearing sound, his wife awaken him. wife also rises in order to make tea, but IS unable to get up because of severe back pain, so Venkity prepare tea for all of them, while giving his wife oil massage for back pain, he casually talks to her about man -woman relationship, strikes and the important of Marx in contemporary world, through this conversation he convey to her idea of socialism also. From his words venkity's wife begins to feel kind of respect for Karl Marx. She rises up and cleans the portrait of Marx that was hanging unnoticed on the wall for some time. The film ends with piece of news about the walstreet protest, that Venkity hears when he switches on the radio"

The Bus directed by Olgu Baran Kubilay
Dur: 13 mins, Turkey

Uğur is a disabled guy who takes the same bus everyday to his work. He faces too many new characters on this bus. But today is the day of his life. His one move will change lifes. But after?


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The call for entries for Full Length 2014 is open!


We’d like to invite auteurs of independent, feature full length films to submit their works to this year's edition of „Full Length” film festival!

„Full Length 2014” will take place in Centre for Culture in Lublin 19th-23th November. The contest is for full-length feature films - with the running time of min. 60 minutes. This year's Festival will be a competition with our traditional monetary prize - 5 thousand PLN. The films must be in HD, preferably in Full HD (1920x1080). The films can be sent to the Festival in two ways: via internet hosting, an email with the link to the film must be sent to kinoteatrprojekt-h7QdYz1kt/Q@public.gmane.org or via traditional mail on a data storage device or Blu Ray disc. The deadline for non-Polish-language films is 1st October 2014 – this is the date by which the film must be received by the Organiser.
More information about the Festival and its idea, regulations and enrty form are on our website: http://kinoteatrprojekt.pl/index.php?lang=en

We would like also remind that we are waiting for your short Freaked-out Films till 24th August 2014.

Best regards
Emilia Żukowska

Kinoteatr Projekt
Centrum Kultury w Lublinie,
ul. Peowiaków 12,
20-007 Lublin

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Invite: ONLINE screening of The Waterfall 18-21st July.

Our Film 'The Waterfall' is currently being screened ONLINE till the 21st of July.  We invite you to watch it and share with others. 
You can also join us on the event page hosted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/548782818560781/)
Deepak Bhoj
f-20 Communications

Kriti Film Club invites you to an ONLINE screening of

The Waterfall - A film by Parvez Imam
from 18th July (1:00 am onwards till 21st July 2014 (midnight)

Duration: 44min
Language: English (with Subtitles)

About the film:
As the bombings continue on Gaza and people on either sides of the border get pulled into an endless war of hatred and misery once again, we bring a fresh perspective on that very land through this film. The film was produced independently by the filmmaker in the wake of similar bombings on Gaza in Dec 2009. It offers fresh insights that come from simple people like you and me.

Shot in Hampi and Ecuador, the film also uses some news footage from the 2009 bombings.

The film is about five random travelers who come together to trek to a Waterfall in Hampi. What ensues flows from the heart. In yet another corner a backpacker from Israel talks about meditation and the need for peace. While halfway across the globe in Ecuador, a doctor from Palestine talks about the problems of public health she faces in her land.

Where does all this lead to? 

'in solidarity with people in Gaza, Israel and every part of the world, who oppose the war '

Note: For those who would like individual or institutional copies of the DVD, please do write to us on space.kriti-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org 
for your orders.

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Provoking Cinema to Encounter Painting : Amit Dutta's Nainsukh at 'THE fd ZONE' <at> Films Division, Mumbai on 19th July 2014


This week we bring to FD Zone a film that agitates against the familiar categories of documentary, fiction and biography.

Amit Dutta's film, Nainsukh, seeks the continuity between film and painting. He states in one interview that film cannot be merely the tool to document painting and other arts. His attempt has always been to engage with an artist's work through the language of cinema. 

In Nainsukh, the director tries to imagine the paintings as the location for the unfolding of the painter's life. Shot in the sites where the painter lived and worked, Amit Dutta masterfully recreates the painter's compositions using the tools of cinema- light, sound, actors, space moving through time. There is a meditative quality to the manner in which the filmmaker unfolds the details of each composition before allowing the viewer to get the complete picture. Often the unveiling, as it were, creates a drama that is unexpected. 

It is exciting for us, his contemporaries, to confront Amit Dutta's formal and aesthetic explorations through his body of work, but especially in this much feted and acclaimed film, Nainsukh.


2010/ 90mins/ Dogri with English subtitles

Nainsukh (c. 1710 - 1778) was trained in a traditional Pahari painters' family-workshop at Guler in today's Kangra District (H.P.) and became the major retained artist at the court of Jasrota (J&K). Famous for his intimate, well observed and precise, sometimes humorous, often somewhat enigmatic, always sensitively drawn pictures, especially of his long-time patron Balwant Singh, Nainsukh is today considered the most extraordinary Indian artist of his time. His biography and extensive oeuvre as researched and reconstructed by Prof. B. N. Goswamy has been the basis of the film "Nainsukh" .

Produced by Dr. Eberhard Fischer
Directed by Amit Dutta 
Camera: Mrinal Desai
Editing: Amit Dutta, Eberhard Fischer
Music: Dishari Chakraborty
Cast: Manish Soni

Date and time:
19th July 2014, 4 pm

RR II Theater
6th floor
Phase II Building
Films Division
Pedder Road

All screenings at The FD Zone are free and open to all. 
Entry is on first come first served basis.


"THE fd ZONE" team

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Fwd: Vikalp <at> Alliance: ANIMATION JOURNEYS, three animated films on Friday, 18th July

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35mm/2-D Animation, 4 min, 1962
Director - Pramod Pati

Documentary, 39:45 min, 2013
Director - Shashwati Talukdar


Short Fiction, 19 min, 2014
Director – Gitanjali Rao
(The Director will be present for the screening)


WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 18th, 6.30 pm

WHERE: ALLIANCE FRANCAISE , Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines, Next to Nirmala Niketan, TEL:2203 6187


Director-Pramod Pati

A piece of vintage animation nation building advice from the 1960s. In this Films Division film from the cult director Pramod Pati, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek cartoon about a young man who goes to a marriage bureau to find the right kind of wife that will help in creating a model family!

Dir-Shashwati Talukdar  

'Wall Stories' is a pictorial journey through the Garhwal region in the Western Himalayas. Centered around Dehradun between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, it tells the fascinating story of the history and culture of its people through mural paintings found in the area, and the daily life that is lived around them. Going from a portrait of Noor Jehan dressed as a Pahari lady, to depictions of the ‘Indar Sabha’ the first Urdu full length play, these painting from the end of the 17th to the 19th century, defy the boundaries of low art and high art, religion and received history. ‘Wall Stories’ uses imaginary conversations, treats the subject of the paintings as living subjects and plays with its subject matter to explore the space and meaning created in the everyday lives of the people who encounter these paintings.

Link to trailer: https://vimeo.com/82822243

Director –Gitanjali Rao

From the director of The Printed Rainbow comes a film set in the streets of Bombay. TrueLoveStory  is an animated film about what happens when the Ultimate Bollywood Fantasy is applied in reality. Where does Salim, a 17 year old orphan who left his village at the age of eight to make a living in the streets of Bombay, learn to woo a woman? Who teaches him and many other youths growing up on the streets, how ‘boy meets girl’?
The film is made using 2D Animation. Painted frame by frame.The film has been styled more like a live action film. The movement of traffic, lights, dust, crowds is used to create the different moods of love, excitement, anxiety, grief and death.
In Bombay on any given day, a Bollywood hit song could follow you from place to place through radio, mobile phones, wedding bands, car stereos etc. This feeling will be recreated through sound and music

Link to trailer: http://vimeo.com/86166252
The screening is open to all. Please spread the word.


Paromita Vohra
<at> parodevi
"हम हैं दीवाने फिर कैसा डर"

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Best of Indian Cinema Film Festival -2nd Edition, 12th July (Saturday) to 13th July (Sunday) 2014, Hyderabad [1 Attachment]

Dear members, 

Please find the subject festival schedule attached. 

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