Insights and Aspirations
Pedestrian Pictures is organizing a two-day International Women’s Film Festival in the city. The movies by women directors indicate how these film-makers explore, reflect, negotiate, resist and document the self, family, religion, politics, society, culture and the environment.
The festival features works by renowned film-makers such as Paromita Vohra’s ‘Morality TV and the Loving Jehad’, which looks outside the frames that weave the frenetic tapestry of Breaking News on India’s news channels to uncover a town’s complex dynamics—the fear of love, the constant scrutiny and control of women’s mobility and sexuality, a history of communal violence, caste brutalization and feudal mindsets; Mira Nair’s ‘Migration’, which deals with the AIDS virus as a great class leveller in society by following its transmission through interweaving stories linking urban and rural India; NDTV’s Swati Thiyagarajan’s ‘Amma: A Shy Girl From Madurai’, a journey into the life and times of the legendary M.S. Subbulakshmi through the eyes of her granddaughter; Bishakha Dutta’s ‘Taaza Khabar’ about an all-woman team of journalists who publish ‘Khabar Lahariya’ from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, covering all the news that the mainstream media forgot; actress Nandita Das’ ‘Leap Frog’ on education and water harvesting; Leena Manimekalai’s ‘Goddesses’ that notes the lives of three extraordinary women—a funeral singer, a fisherwoman and a graveyard worker. Between 9am and 5pm; registration begins at 9 am. At Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College—Centre for Management Studies, (next to Atria Hotel). Contact Pedestrian Pictures at 9845019306, 22353216/17.
Nikita is a young woman who commits robbery and murder with two Nihilist friends while on drugs. After her trial, she is not executed or taken to prison, but to a school for special operatives. She is told Nikita no longer exists and she will be trained to pay back society for what she has done, as a spy/assassin. She is trained for more than two years and, without warning, handed a gun in a restaurant and told to kill the man at the next table as her handler leaves. The 1990 film has been written and directed by Luc Besson. In 1997, ‘Nikita’ was adapted into a very popular TV series called ‘La Femme Nikita’, which ran for five seasons in the US. 6pm. Duration: 115 minutes. At the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (41231340/43 /44).
Five Point Someone
You’ve probably read the book, now watch Chetan Bhagat’s popular novel evolve on stage. It’s the story of three hostel mates, Alok, Hari and Ryan, who get off to a bad start at IIT—they botch up the first class quiz. And while they try to make amends, things only get worse. Before the three realize it, they are at the lowest echelons of IIT society. They have a five-point-something GPA out of 10 and a ranking near the end of their class. This will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters—their friendship, their future, and their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive. Will they make it? Do underperformers have a right to live? Can they show that they are not just a five-point-somebody, but a five-point-someone? 7.30pm. At the Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, next to JP Nagar post office (26592777/26493982).
Through this Kannada play, director Ritwik Simha tries to portray the two faces of religion—the violent and the tolerant—and the dialogue between the two. The plot revolves around the Indian Independence Day celebrations organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the tragic turn of events when there is a terrorist strike. 8/15 attempts to light a candle of hope in the enveloping darkness. 7.30pm. At the Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, next to JP Nagar post office (26592777/26493982).
Compiled by Pavitra Jayaraman