All films will be shown in the Caucus Room on the first floor of the Madison Concourse Hotel.
After the Flood - 20 min
Director: Christopher Giamo
After the Flood is a short documentary filmed in the aftermath of mass floods which devastated the Kashmir Valley and capital Srinagar in September 2014. The film bears witness to the plight of a flood victim from the neighborhood of Rajbagh, one of the most effected areas on the banks of the River Jhelum. In a state of desperation, the protagonist has turned to hash-smuggling in an attempt to rebuild his life. Throughout the film, these dual themes of deluge and drugs are interwoven in order to convey the direness of the present circumstance, and the dramatic extent to which Kashmiris have been pushed to survive.
Directors: Abikal Borah, Abhishek Bhattacharyya
Discussant: Dr. Amit Rahul Baishya
Ways of Being documents the story of four struggling musicians whose life experiences reflect on the effects of natural calamities, identitarian political formations, and armed struggle in the Brahmaputra valley of Northeast India. The documentary is inspired by the small and hitherto unknown histories of people in the valley. The ethnographic accounts that the film brings together give access to the contemporary history of violence, trauma, and silence. The everyday experiences of people in the region are further contextualized through narratives formulated by a few prominent social science scholars who explain the historical situation within which these stories are located.
Mardistan (Macholand) - 28 min
Director: Harjant S. Gill
SYNOPSIS: Mardistan (Macholand)is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds. A middle-aged writer trying to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed studying in an elite military academy, a Sikh father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to produce a son, a young 20-year-old college student looking for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, and a working-class gay activist coming out to his wife after twenty years of marriage. Together, their stories make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. Mardistan (Macholand) starts a conversation on critical issues including patriarchy, son preference, sexual violence and homophobia in a nation increasingly defined by social inequalities.
SYNOPSIS: What happens to families in the absence of sons? What happens to land in the absence of farmers? What happens to villages in the absence of men? Sent Away Boys weaves together stories of individual ambitions and family biographies from Punjab (India) to chronicle the gradual transformation of agrarian landscape and patriarchal traditions through ongoing transnational migration. As the promise of a secure future in agriculture grows increasingly uncertain for young men across the region, escaping India to join the low-wage labor in countries like Canada and USA becomes their sole aspiration. In rural Punjab, being a successful man now entails leaving their village, traveling abroad, and sending money home. Through interviews with men preparing to undertake often risky journeys and women awaiting the return of their sons, brothers and husbands, Sent Away Boys shows how young men's decisions to emigrate implicate families and communities across North India.
*There will be a Q&A session following each film