Day 5 at Persistence Resistance 2014

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oday marked the final day at Persistence Resistance 2014. The day began with a screening of R. V. Ramani’s latest film, ‘Hindustan Hamara (This Country is Ours)’. The film was widely appreciated by the audience. The conversation that followed, titled ‘My Camera: From Image to Story’, R. V. Ramani engaged the discussants Surabhi Sharma and Anupama Srinivasan, and the audience in an entertaining and highly informative talk on filming and self discovery.

Anjali Monteiro raised questions on the consumption driven and resistance fuelled variants of film production and film viewing. Ramani’s decision to film maverick documentary filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan came under both appreciation and criticism from an audience of students, filmmakers, writers, educators and enthusiasts. Clarifying his position on the motives for the film, Ramani said that the film was an attempt at creating a closer relationship with an idol whose efforts he had grew up appreciating. The politics of the film are not the politics of the state, but of interpersonal relationships.

The afternoon began with the screening of Pushpa Rawat and Anupama Srinivasan’s deeply intimate film, ‘Nirnay (Decision)’. The award winning documentary film explored the life of Pushpa’s friends over three years and uncovered the deep seated emotions and anxieties that plague human relationships. In the first part of the conversation titled ‘You Don’t Belong: Language of New Cinema’, discussant Samina Mishra took filmmakers Subasri Krishnan and Anupama Srinivasan through an elaborate discourse on their filmmaking practices and preferred style.

Subasri Krishnan’s award winning short documentary film, ‘This or That Particular Person’ was screened to an audience between two parts of the conversation. In the following discussion with Samina Mshra, important questions regarding structure and form, art and politics, and the manipulation of truth were raised and attempts at answering them took the form of a lively debate between the filmmakers and the audience.

On this high note, and having achieved its vision of promoting a highly interrogative discourse on films and filmmaking, the festival screened the last film for the year. ;To-Let’ by Spandan Banerjee, a stylistic feature length film kept the audience glued to their seats and offered an apt climactic ending to what has been a excellent five days at the 6th edition of Persistence Resistance!

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