Film Other Cinema Cities, a selection of films from Project Cinema City, will be screened at BAR1 Studio today

Cinema traverses a wider space beyond the stories it tells. This is the main theme of Project Cinema City, being held at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

To commemorate Project Cinema City, Majlis, in collaboration with BAR1 Studio, is holding a special programme today on Other Cinema Cities. Filmmaker Hansa Thapliyal, the curator of Other Cinema Cities , will screen selected films and showcase related artworks from Bangalore artists.

“In the last 100 years, the idiom of cinema has entered our language, enabling us to talk about other things,” explains Hansa Thapliyal, faculty member at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

Hansa says that each film addresses different ways in which cinema has permeated our urban consciousness. “Renu Savant’s Dark Room is about the material of cinema. The film explores the strange relationship of the city and it being captured in 35 mm grain. Paromita Vohra’s film Where’s Sandra has a completely different premise: Paromita goes on a search for Sandra in the streets of Bandra.”

Most of the films are about Mumbai. “Meenakshi Shedde’s Looking For Amitabh depict a group of visually impaired men and women measure Amitabh Bachchan. Karnal Swaroop’s Nasik is about a group of storytellers who bring alive memories through research.

They create a map that no longer exists by re-tracing movements of Dhundiraj Phalke in the city where he built his studio,” informs Hansa over phone.

The films that will be screened from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. are Looking For Amitabh , Where’s Sandra, Subversive Elements In Popular Culture , Nusrat Has Left The Building…But When?, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge , Dark Room , and Tracing Phalke : Nasik.

On 18 November, I Live In Manipur, I Go To School In Korea by Mamata Murthy, and Videokaaran will be screened from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 7 Islands In A Metro will be screened on November 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

BAR1 - Bengaluru Artist Residency Studio is located at 69/3, Mission Road, (near Gokuldas Building). For details call 9880282402.

S.D.

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