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Screening of documentary film “Nostalgia for the Future”

August 8, 2017
Bangalore International Centre is organisingScreening of documentary film “Nostalgia for the Future”
Directed by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar
Produced by Films Division of India
Ms.Subasri Krishnan will be in conversation with Mr.Avijit Mukul Kishore
`Nostalgia for the Future’ is a film on Indian modernity, the making of the citizen and the architecture of the home. It looks at imaginations of homes across four examples of buildings made over the period of a century. These are Lukhshmi Vilas Palace in Baroda — the gigantic home built by a progressive monarch in the late 19th Century; Villa Shodhan in Ahmedabad — a private residence which represents the idea of domesticity within Nehruvian modernity, designed by Le Corbusier; Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, which epitomises the Gandhian aspirations of the nation-state; and public housing in post-independence Delhi, designed by the Government of India to house refugees from Pakistan and the bureaucrats of the newly independent nation.
The film explores these spaces and imagines the bodies that were meant to inhabit them through the evocation of the cinematic and aural collective memory of a nation. It uses a mix of formats — 16mm film and digital video in both colour and black and white, along with archival footage from state propaganda films and mainstream cinema.
The film is a collaboration between film maker Avijit Mukul Kishore and architect Rohan Shivkumar. It emerges from the intersection of their respective disciplines — architecture and documentary film, both of which have been ingrained in the discourse of utilitarianism and certainty. The film opens these disciplines out to self-critique and looks at their role in imagining and constructing a nation and its citizen.
About Avijit Mukul Kishore:
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, working in documentary and inter-disciplinary moving-image practices. He is involved in cinema pedagogy as a lecturer, and curates film programmes for prominent national cultural institutions. His films as director include Snapshots from a Family Album, Vertical City, To Let the World In, Electric Shadows and Nostalgia for the Future, and as cinematographer: Kumar Talkies, Kali Salwaar, John and Jane, Seven Islands and a Metro, Bidesia in Bambai, I am Micro and An Old Dog’s Diary.
About Rohan Shivkumar:
Rohan Shivkumar is an architect and an urban designer practicing in Mumbai, and Deputy Director at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. His work spans architectural and interior design, to urban research and consultancy on issues concerning housing, public space and sanitation. He is interested in exploring the many ways of reading and representing the city, and is co-editor of the publication on a research and art collaboration — Project Cinema City. He also curates film programmes and writes for Anarchytect (blog) on cinema and urban issues. He is working on a book Discussing approaches to the design of homes among Indian architectural Practices
About Subasri Krishnan:
Subasri Krishnan is a filmmaker and also heads the Media Lab at the Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS), an educational institution that works around the urban.
Her films deal with contemporary politics. Her first film “Brave New Medium” on intemet censorship in South-East Asia, has been screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally. The award-winning “This or That Particular Person” looks at the idea of official identity documents, and in that context, the Unique Identity number. The film was adjudged as the Best Short Documentary Film at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK), 2013. Her last film ‘What The Fields Remember” on the Nellie massacre that took place in Assam in 1983, explores ideas of memory, violence and justice through survivors’ narratives. Her next documentary film explores questions are citizenship and nationhood in contemporary Assam.
As part of the Media Lab at IIHS, she teaches and curates the Urban Lens film festival. She was also the Festival Director of the 2017 edition of the IAWRT film festival (International Association of Women in Radio and Television). Prior to going to film school, Subasri worked for the academic journal ‘Seminar’.
Screening of documentary on Friday | 11th August 2017 | 6.30 PM
Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Stage,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.
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