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Bombay Dost Sunday High film screenings at Humsafar: 11 Jan ’09 January 4, 2009

Posted by nitinkarani in Bombay Dost Sunday High events, edutainment, global themes, queer films.
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From the Bombay Dost PBwiki

This time there will be films on the late Harvey Milk, the first gay man elected to a major political office in the US.

*The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)*
90min, English
Directed by Rob Epstein

This Oscar award-winning American film documents the political career of Harvey Milk, who was San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor. The film, at times humorous, at times tragic, documents the rise of Milk from a neighborhood activist to becoming a symbol of gay political achievement, through to his assassination at San Francisco’s city hall, and the Dan White trial and aftermath. The film was produced after Milk’s death using original interviews, exclusive documentary footage, news reports, and archival footage. Other politicians including San Francisco mayor George Moscone (who was assassinated with Milk) appear in archival footage. The film also won the Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival, among other awards. (Wikipedia)

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Light snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the first feature.

Screening times:
First Feature begins at 4.30 p.m.
Second Feature begins at 6:30 p.m.

Venue:  The Humsafar Trust’s Drop-in Centre, 4th floor, Municipal Transit Building/Vakola Municipal Market Building,
Near Raheja Point and Vakola Masjid, Santacruz (East), Mumbai.

Getting there: It’s approximately minimum fare by autorickshaw from Santacruz station (East). You could also take routes 311 or 313. The same routes also operate from Kurla (West) station.

Space courtesy: The Humsafar Trust.
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Global Themes with an Indian Outlook – Future of Indian Cinema December 26, 2007

Posted by humsafar in global themes, IFFK, Indian cinema, Jabbar Patel, Naseeruddin Shah, P.T.Kunjumohammed, queer films, sridhar rangayan.
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International Film Festival of Kerala 2007
Sridhar Rangayan with Naseeruddin Shah & Dr.Jabbar Patel

Global Themes with an Indian Outlook – Future of Indian Cinema
Report: Roseliz Francis

‘Contemporary Indian Cinema – Challenges and Prospects’ was the theme of the second edition of the Open Forum of the 12-IFFK. the panelists were veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, noted Filmmakers Jabbar Patel, P.T.Kunjumohammed and Sridhar Rangayan, and the moderator was Unnikrishnan B.

Naseeruddin Shah felt that the conundrum of what exactly is ‘Indian’ was the real bone of contention. He stated that contemporary Indian cinema was synonymous with Bollywood and this was not a positive trend. While the films from the other regions of India were isolated he predicted that the fascination with these clichéd ‘song and dance sequences’ would soon die out.

Noted filmmaker Jabbar Patel opined that it was the content of Indian cinema accessible to the world that should be focused on. he added it was the onus of the upcoming filmmakers to create meaningful cinema as against mainstream Bollywood cinema. he said that ‘Middle Cinema’ will continue the new wave generated by parallel cinema earlier on. Parallel cinema lacked genres while gaining expertise on specific themes. Middle cinema will transcend these limitations.

Sridhar Rangayan gave an overview on the struggles of ‘underground’/’queer’ film makers to deal with contemporary themes. Though the digital trends were a boon, he said production and distribution expenses and censorship have curtailed the wings of the new age Indian film makers.

P.T.Kunjumuhammed said how it is an inferior mindset that has caused many a regional film not reaching a global audience.

Source: Official Bulletin for IFFK 2007, Dec 10.