A detailed report of 11th Gorakhpur Film Festival [1 Attachment]

Dear All,
Hope this detailed report will give you a better understanding of Cinema of Resistance film festival.
Sanjay Joshi
National Convener, Cinema of Resistance



We love and that is why we protest- Laltoo


Not geographical sovereignty, but the overall prosperity of every human being is patriotism- Laltoo


Against the return to dark ages, For the freedom of expression and democracy

In the memory of Comrade Rohith Vemula- 11th Gorakhpur Film Festival


Published, 14 May, 2016


On behalf of the Gorakhpur Film Society and Jan Sanskriti Manch, the two-day film festival was started today in Gokul Guest House, Civil Lines.  Organized with active support of common audience and without any support from the corporate or the big capital, this film festival has not only established its own dynamic tradition in the last eleven years but has also provided an inspiration to the entire country vis-à-vis film screenings.


The inaugural session started with youth singer Aamir singing the song ‘sedition song’ in which he was joined by the audience seated in the hall.


Speaking in the inaugural ceremony of the film festival, Com. Laltoo, poet-thinker and the chief guest for the ceremony said that the fact that in these dark times we were unitedly fighting, coming together, was indeed a meaningful The president of the organizing committee of the film festival, senior story writer Madanmohan said that these are dangerous times. In comparison to any of the time periods post freedom, our democracy is in danger today.   At such a juncture, we will have to unite and take forward the struggle against return to dark ages and for the defence of freedom of expression and democracy. The director of ‘Factory’, Rahul Roy, director of ‘Referendum’, Tarun Mishra and the National Convener of Cinema of Resistance, Sanjay Joshi were also present on the dais. All the guests released the film festival souvenir.  This session was moderated by the festival convener, Chandra Bhushan Ankur. Towards the end of the session, senior journalist Ashok Chowdhary read out a resolution strongly condemning the recent murders of journalists Rajdev Ranjan and Akhilesh Pratap Singh. Rajdev Ranjan was a sharp journalist with Bihar edition of Hindustan Times and was murdered in Siwan, while Akhilesh Pratap was a video editor with Taza News Channel in Jharkhand.   Terming these murders as challenges before democracy, Ashok Chowdhary added that while on one hand these incidents fill us with sadness, they also inspire us to fight against this unjust system. At the end of the session, all the people present in the hall observed a one-minute silence as a mark of tribute towards the deceased journalists.


The next session of the festival included a music video presentation. Sambhaji Bhagat, a famous folksinger from Maharashtra, expressing solidarity with the students of FTII had sung a song- ‘Yeh Hitler Ke Saathi’ (These friends of Hitler). Along with this song, the song ‘Chal Chaliye’ (Let’s go) by a group from Delhi called ‘Majma’ was also shown. This song remembers Kabir and other poets who stood for love these times of intolerance. In remembrance of Comrade Rohith Vemula, a song written and recorded by ‘Hirawal’- Patna, was presented next. This beautifully composed song remembers Rohith Vemula and resolves to strengthen the struggle against injustice. 


Movie ‘Court’, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane has as its hero, a Dalit folksinger from Maharashtra. There is a case against him in the court that a sanitation worker who lost his life due to entering into a drainage, had been provoked by him to commit suicide. This subject of this movie are the legal system framed during the time of British, the ridicule the justice system subjects the poor to and the inability to ever get justice.  The film brings out the flaws in our justice system in which the poor have no place with a remarkable fineness. The film ‘Court’ was introduced by Suboor Ahmed, who has been associated with the Gorakhpur Film Society. 


The next film screened was ‘I am Nageshwar Rao Star’, which has been made by students of Hyderabad Central University.  The film brilliantly portrays the discrimination faced by Dalit students in higher educational institutes. This is the same university in which Dalit student Rohith Vemula was institutionally murdered. From this perspective also this film assumes tremendous significance. One of the directors of the film, Nageshwar says- “I raise my hand in disagreement… I am that Nageshwar who is still human”. 


The next film was Rahul Roy directed ‘Factory’ which is based on the struggles of the workers of Maruti Suzuki Company. Since 2011, the workers of this company have been struggling for their rights, a struggle in which both the company management as well as the government are standing against them.  Even now, 68 workers of this struggle are languishing in jail. In the entire country, in the name of reform in labour laws, those laws are being imposed which take away the basic rights of the workers. There has been a tremendous increase in this process in the recent times. Anyone who raises voice against this alliance of the government and the private companies is replied with lathis, bullets and jail and hence, the relevance of such a film that stands with struggles of the workers increases further.  After the screening, the director Rahul Roy had a long discussion with the audience and shared the recent updates of the Maruti struggle.


In the lecture series organized in the memory of the famous philosopher and thinker of Gorakhpur, Late Prof. Ramkrishna Mani Tripathi, the second lecture was given by Prof. Laltoo. Prof. Laltoo, besides being a famous Hindi poet, is also known for his revolutionary ideas on science, technology and social relations. Delivering his lecture, Prof. Laltoo said that we cannot forget Prof. Ramkrishna Mani Tripathi’s dream of a society based on equality and that he will forever remain a source of inspiration for us. He further said that films are a medium of correcting rational and logical thinking. Therefore, coming here also gives me strength. He said that we are human beings and that is why we love the entire nature, that is why we resist and we struggle.   We raise our voices high against hatred for love.


Delivering his lecture on ‘Nationalism’, Prof. Laltoo said that though nearly one fourth people of this country are illiterate, more than half the people spend their lives in abject poverty, the systems for education and health care are in shambles, and despite all this nearly one fourth of the country’s wealth is spent on maintaining the armed forces and other oppressive structures. All this happens in the name of nationalism. He said that in current times a pervasive sense of nation has where there will be no compromise on the nation’s sovereignty but those within the boundaries of the nation will have complete freedom, everyone will be able to spend their lives with freedom within the boundaries of the nation.  Rulers, in times of troubles have offered a one sided definition of nation and termed those away from the mainstream within the country as the enemies. A new aggressive form of nationalism emerged from this tendency of looking for enemies within oneself only.  


He said that the formation of what we today called India, officially started in 1858. Then, when the rich classes realized that they were losing their power. But this nationalism involved taking everyone together against colonialism. The other one sided nationalism came in front of us in the form of Hindutava.  


He said that after independence the kind of nationalism that had been imagined, faced its biggest danger from casteism and the second danger from local capitalists. Now the situation is such that since last decade of the previous century, striking a deal with the global capitalists and with the help of Indian ruling system, they are openly looting the resources of the country.  Today a fighting unity can be seen between the Dalits-left-minorities-women. This is what the Sangh Parivar is trying to break in campuses like JNU. The irony of the aggressive nationalism of the sangh parivar is that on one hand it has a Brahaminical Sanskrit language based policy and on the other hand privatization of education is its agenda.



Prof. Laltoo also said that there are two options today- either the small pro Sanskrit-English section close to the ruling class will increase its oppression or the various nationalities, strengthening their social contracts will present a dream of a new multilingual and a multicultural nation.  A nation where not geographical sovereignty but the overall prosperity of every human being will be termed as patriotism.    


2nd day of 11th Gorakhpur Film Festival

15 May 2016


Screening of Films discussing struggles in Niyamgiri, Odisha and Kashmir


Children watch and discuss movies



On the second day of the Gorakhpur Film Festival, the session started with screening of children’s films. ‘Kanche aur Postcard’ (Marbles and postcards), directed by Ridham Janve, while on one hand marks the indifference in society towards children, on the other hand it also presents before us their simple intuitive minds.   Kranti Kanade directed ‘Mahek Mirza’ is a story of a dreamy eyed girl who regularly dreams, feels depressed when the dreams shatter and yet she does not stop dreaming. Eventually her persistence brings her success. The conclusion of the children’s session of film screening ended with a discussion with children in which they talked about their dreams.


In this era of prohibitions on our freedom of eating and drinking, ‘Caste on the Menu Card’ is a meaningful film made by Ananya Gaur and others that received much appreciation from the audience.  The film ‘Khoon Diy Baarav’ (Blood leaves its Trail) directed by Iffat Fatima sheds light on the situation in Kashmir. Sharing the woes of those missing since last ten years in Kashmir, this film provides a voice to the deep seated sadness and anger among the Kashmiri people.


A short film on Afspa and Irom Sharmila ‘My Body My Weapon’ was also screened this day. This 10 minute film is directed by Kavita Joshi. 


The film ‘Referendum’ directed by Tarun Mishra is a tale of the struggles of tribals in Niyamgiri. Dongriya tribes fought the battle to defend their forests and were successful in sending back a ruthless company like the Vedanta. As per the order of the Supreme Court, Gram Panchayats of Dongria people were held in which mining was univocally rejected. The film is an extremely alive documentation of these panchayats. The next film was director Pushpa Rawat’s ‘Mod’ (Turn).  This film presents a realistic image of lower middle class youth. The audience interacted with both Tarun Mishra and Pushpa Rawat after the screening of their movies.


The last programme of today’s session was presented by Dr. Aziz Ahmed in which through stories, songs and pictures, he opened the life of much loved poet Sahir Ludhianvi for the listeners. This also happens to be the centenary year of the poet. In the end, the convener of the Gorakhpur film society, Manoj Kumar, expressed gratitude towards all. He shared that Cinema of Resistance film festival has now also started in Maharajaganj and Devariya. This year, the festival will also be organized in Mau and Kushinagar. Besides this, the Gorakhpur film society will now strive to organize regular screenings in different parts of the city.


On both the days, ‘Janmat’ magazine and Gorakhpur Film Society organized an exhibition of books and movie DVDs which were met with enthusiastic response from the audience who had come for the festival and several books and DVDs were sold. Youth singer Aamir also kept the audience enthralled with his songs during the breaks. Nearly 1000 audience from within and outside Gorakhpur participated in the film festival.


Presented by Mrityunjay for the 11th Gorakhpur Film Festival.


May 29, 2016


For more information related to the festival,

Please contact-

Sanjay Joshi

National Convener

Cinema of Resistance

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Re: Petition for the Immediate Release of Kanak Mani Dixit

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Please add my name as a signatory to the petition.

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May 27: Vikalp <at> Prithvi Screening of 'Amdavad Ma Famous' and 'Thank You Many Times'

On May 27, Vikalp <at> Prithvi presents 'Amdavad Ma Famous' followed by a Q&A with director Hardik Mehta and 'Thank You Many Times' followed by a Q&A with director Nina Sabnani.

About 'Amdavad Ma Famous' - 

Set during the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the biggest kite-flying festival in India, ‘Amdavad Ma Famous’, witnesses the transformation of an 11-year-old Zaid from a boy next door to an aggressive and a passionate kite-runner, till he comes across a challenge that threatens to keep him away from the one thing he loves.

Winner of 5 National and International Awards:

- Best Non-Feature Film at 63rd National Awards 2016
- Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor at Mumbai International Film Festival (National Competition) 
- Best Short Documentary (Jury Award) at Al Jazeera International Documentary Festival
- Best Short Documentary at Budapest International Documentary Festival
- Best Foreign Documentary at Belgrade Film Festival



About 'Thank You Many Times' -

Balapeer is a grave shrine or Dargah in Baroda of a sufi saint, Hazrat Balapeer where people from all religions come to make a wish. And when the wish is granted a clock is offered as a token of gratitude. Each clock then carries a story of the pledger’s lack and its timely fulfillment.

Less than fifty years old, the Dargah has a strong following amongst truck drivers, locals and owners of sick cattle and job seekers.

Screening Details:

Friday, May 27, 7 pm

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

Entry Free | Registrations are not required but we would like you to inform us if you are planning to come for the screening.

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About the June 27 Special Screening at Prithvi Theatre:

'Among the Believers' (2015) | Followed by Q&A with Directors Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Naqvi

Winner of 9 Awards!

Charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani state. His dream is to impose a strict version of Shariah law throughout the country, as a model for the world. His Holy War is motivated by the government’s 2007 leveling of his flagship mosque that killed his mother, brother, only son and 150 students. With unprecedented access, 'Among the Believers' follows Aziz on his very personal quest to create an Islamic utopia, during the bloodiest period in Pakistan’s modern history. Intimate and shocking, the film offers rare insights into the ideological battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world.

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Call for Entries: Alpavirama 2016 Asian Short & Docu Film Fest <at> NID (4-8 Oct'16)

The 3rd Edition of Alpavirama Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival (http://www.nid.edu/alpavirama/index.html), organised by the Film & Video department of the National Institute of Design is going to be held between 4-8 October, 2016 at its Paldi, Ahmedabad campus.

Entries are invited from students/amateurs/professionals below 30 years of age for the SOUTH ASIAN COMPETITION (http://www.nid.edu/alpavirama/competition.html) section of Alpavirama 2016.

Short fiction and documentary films, not-less-than 5 minutes and not-more-than 30 minutes long are eligible to participate. The film(s) should have been produced on or after 1st August, 2014 and should have been d irected by a citizen of any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The subject matter of the film should also broadly deal with South Asia. Films made in languages other than English should have subtitles in English. Animation films are not eligible.

The last date for receiving the comple ted entry form (http://www.nid.edu/alpavirama/download/form.pdf), along with the preview material is 1st July, 2016. In case of the preview copy of the submitted film being available online, the filled and signed entry form can also be scanned and emailed to alpavirama <at> ..., along with digital copies of film & director stills. 

- Arun Gupta

Principal Faculty & HOD, Film & Video, NID

Festival Director: Alpavirama 2016

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IGNCA FILM Circle: Blessings: Guru Drakmar Chaam


Time: Friday, May 27 at 5:30 PM 

Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, C. V. Mess, Janpath., New Delhi, India 110001

IGNCA FILM Circle: Blessings: Guru Drakmar Chaam

27 May 2016

5.30 pm

Auditorium, Media Centre, 3, Dr. R. P. Road , New Delhi-1


Guru Drakmar Chaam is a glorious festival of Sikkim, during which a number of Mask-Dances are performed. The film focuses on the significance of these dances and dance-rituals to look after the rich cultural heritage. 

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Duration: 35 minutes

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Re: Petition for the Immediate Release of Kanak Mani Dixit

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On Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:28, "priti chandriani pritichandriani-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org [docuwallahs2]" <docuwallahs2-hHKSG33Tihh9OS/SkqAIkg@public.gmane.orgm> wrote:

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On Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:24 PM, "Saba Dewan sabadewan-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org [docuwallahs2]" <docuwallahs2-hHKSG33TihhbjbujkaE4pw@public.gmane.org> wrote:

Dear Friends,

Please find below the petition for Kanak  with signatures being sent to the Nepal Prime Minister. Kindly circulate.

In Solidarity

Saba Dewan


Shri Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli 27 April 2016
Prime Minister, Nepal

Subject: Petition for the Immediate Release of Kanak Mani Dixit

Dear Sir,

We, film makers, writers, academics and artists from India, are shocked and dismayed at the news of Shri. Kanak Mani Dixit’s arrest in Kathmandu. Kanak Mani Dixit is a much loved and admired figure in media and cultural spheres across South Asia. At a time when conflict and nationalist rhetoric is tearing apart the myriad ways in which we share a cultural past and present, he has tirelessly strived to forge bonds of friendship and peace in South Asia. Through his writings and other initiatives like HIMAL and Film South Asia, Kanak Mani Dixit has enthused people from across the region to imagine and work towards a peaceful, safe and ecologically sane South Asia. Today this man who Nepal and other South Asians should be proud of is being treated as a common criminal, put under detention as punishment.

We have looked at the background to his arrest and it seems fairly clear that the intention is to harass and intimidate rather than investigate alleged corruption charges. It is ironical that the arrest has been made at the behest of an agency called – Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority. Mr. Lokman Singh Karki as Chairman of this Authority has been running a personal vendetta because Mr. Dixit had protested his appointment in 2013 on the grounds that Mr. Karki had been indicted by the Rayamajhi Commission for suppressing the people’s movement, which led to the end of monarchy in Nepal. If at all, it is Mr. Karki himself who should be under investigation for abuse of authority now and during the people’s movement.

We demand the immediate release of Kanak Mani Dixit.

Yours Sincerely,

1. Aditya Seth | Film maker
2. Amar Kanwar | Film maker
3. Amit Mahanti | Film maker
4. Ammu Joseph | Journalist/Author
5. Amudhan R P. | Film maker
6. Anand Patwardhan | Film maker
7. Ananya Chakraborti | Film maker
8. Anjali Monteiro | Film Maker & Academic
9. Anjum Rajabali | Screenwriter & Professor
10. Ann Ninan | Journalist
11. Anupama Srinivasan | Filmmaker
12. Arvind Sinha. Film Maker.
13. Ashavari Majumdar | Performer
14. Avijit Mukul Kishore | Filmmaker
15. Benny Benedict | Film Activist
16. Biju Toppo | Filmmaker
17. Bina Sarkar Ellias | Editor/Publisher/Poet/Curator
18. Bishakha Datta Filmmaker
19. Chandita Mukherjee | Filmmaker
20. Chayanika Shah |Researcher and Visiting Faculty, Tata Institute of Social Science
21. Darryl D’Monte | Journalist
22. Deepa Dhanraj | Film maker
23. Deepak Mehta | Professor in Sociology, Shiv Nadar University
24. Faiza | Film maker
25. Farhana Ibrahim | Associate Professor of Sociology, IIT Delhi.
26. G. Arunima | Professor and Chair Centre for Women&#39;s Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
27. Gautam Sonti | Filmmaker
28. Geeta Kapur | Critic and curator
29. Hartman de Souza | Theatre activist, writer, teacher
30. Iffat Fatima | Film maker
31. Ilina Sen | Academic
32. Inder Salim | Performance artist
33. Iram Ghufran| Filmmaker
34. Irene Dhar Malik | Film Editor
35. Jabeen Merchant | Film Editor
36. Janaki Abraham | Associate Professor, Delhi University
37. Janaky Sreedharan I Academic
38. Jatin Desai, Journalist
39. Jayasankar K P | Film Maker &amp; Academic
40. Jerry Pinto | Writer
41. K.P. Sasi | Film Maker
42. Kavita Bahl | Film Maker
43. Kavita Joshi | Filmmaker and Media Trainer
44. Lalit Vachani | Filmmaker and Research Scholar, University of Göttingen, Germany
45. Lawrence Liang | Lawyer and legal researcher
46. Madhusree Dutta | Film Maker
47. Mahadeb Shi | Film Maker
48. Meena Menon | Journalist
49. Meghnath | Film Maker
50. Merajur Rahman Baruah | Film Maker
51. Miriam Chandy Menacherry | Film Maker
52. Mohan Rao | Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
53. Meenakshi Shedde | Journalist
54. Mukul Mangalik | Associate Professor of History, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
55. Nakul Singh Sawhney | Film Maker
56. Nandan Saxena | Film Maker
57. Nandita Das | Actor, film Maker
58. Navroze Contractor | Cinematographer
59. Neelima Sharma | Theatre person
60. Nikhil Titus | Film Maker &amp; Academic
61. Nishtha Jain | Film Maker
62. Nivedita Menon, Professor, JNU, India
63. Padmini Ray Murray | Academic
64. Pamela Philipose I Journalist
65. Pankaj Butalia | Film Maker
66. Paromita Vohra | Film Maker
67. Parvez Imam | Arts practitioner / Filmmaker
68. Prabhu Mohapatra | Associate Professor , Department of History, Delhi University
69. Probal Dasgupta | Academic
70. Rahul Roy | Film Maker
71. Rafeeq Elias | Film Maker
72. Rakhi Sehgal | Researcher
73. Ram Puniyani | Writer
74. Ranjani Mazumdar | Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
75. Ranu Ghosh | Film Maker, Cinematographer
76. Reena Mohan | Film Maker
77. Ruchika Negi | Film maker
78. Rustom Bharucha | Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
79. S.B. Upadhyay |Professor, Indira Gandhi National Open University
80. Saba Dewan | Film Maker
81. Saba Hasan | Artist
82. Sabeena Gadihoke | Associate Professor, AJK, MCRC, Jamia Millia, Islamia, New Delhi
83. Sameera Jain | Film maker, editor
84. Sameera Khan | Journalist &amp; Writer
85. Samina Mishra | Film Maker
86. Shamsul Islam | Author
87. Sania Farooqui | Journalist
88. Sanjay Kak | Film maker
89. Sheba Chhachhi I Photographer
90. Sherna Dastur | Graphic Designer, Film Maker
91. Shikha Jhingan | Associate Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
92. Shikha Sen | Film editor
93. Shilpa Phadke | Academic, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
94. Shohini Ghosh | Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia
95. Shoma A Chatterji | Journalist and Author
96. Shriprakash | Film Maker
97. Stalin K. | Film Maker
98. Subasri Krishnan | Film Maker
99. Subha Das Mollick | Film Maker, academic
100. Sukumar Muralidharan | Journalist
101. Supriyo Sen | Film Maker
102. Surabhi Sharma | Film Maker
103. Sushma Veerappa | Film Maker
104. Swati Dandekar | Film Maker
105. Teena Gill | Film Maker
106. Uma Chakravarti | Feminist historian and filmmaker.
107. Vani Subramanian | Film Maker
108. Venkatesh Chakravarthy | Filmmaker &amp; Academic
109. Vijaya Mulay | Film Maker
110. Vipin Vijay | Filmmaker
111. Vivan Sundaram I Artist
112. Yousuf Saeed | Film Maker

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