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96m | English, Hindi & Marathi with English subtitles | India | 2023
Director, Producer: Anand Patwardhan
Cinematography: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru
Editing: Anand Patwardhan
Sound: Anand Patwardhan, Simantini Dhuru
Sound Design: PM Satheesh
Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, a Sanskrit phrase meaning “the world is family” is a universalist idea that competes with dominant, exclusivist Hindu notions of caste. Anand grew up in a milieu that questioned the latter. The family’s elders had fought for India’s Independence but rarely spoken about it. ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’, words enshrined in India’s Constitution, were subconsciously internalized. As his parents aged, Anand began to film with whatever equipment was at hand. Soon birthdays and family gatherings gave way to oral history.
Revisiting home movie footage a decade after his parents had passed, was a revelation. Today, self-confessed supremacists whose ideology once inspired the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, are in power. As they rewrite India’s history, memories of the past have become more precious than mere personal nostalgia.
This is the Bangalore premier of the film. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Anand Patwardhan has a large body of 18 documentary features and shorts, of which we will screen 4 films. This is the first film in our three day retrospective of his work.
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Anand Patwardhan has been making documentary films for over five decades, pursuing issues at the crux of social and political life in India. His films, often banned by state channels, became the subject of litigation where he successfully challenged censorship rulings in court. Working for inter-faith harmony and in movements against unsustainable development, militarism and nuclear nationalism, Anand describes himself as a “non-serious human being forced by circumstances to make serious films”.
Swati Dandekar is a documentary filmmaker and a film educator based in Bangalore, India, with a special interest in creating visual narratives of the living history around her, of people, places, ideas, traditions, practices, and the continuous process of change. In addition, she has been closely involved with designing media for education. As a founder trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, she has been actively screening documentary films and curating festivals in Bangalore city for over fifteen years. Swati heads the Film programme at the Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.