Screening Of Ab Tak Muzaffarpur As Part Of 'Gutter Moons'
Machine Age Film Festival
The Audience for the film festival 'Distant Firelights'
Roobina Karode Addressing the Audience During Art In Cinema

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art aspires to become a space where film enthusiasts can get a taste of meaningful cinema in the company of likeminded people. This engenders an environment apt for ideas to brew and develop into thought provoking conversations. This confluence of creativity is sustained by frequent screenings of films that are otherwise absent in the mainstream circuit. Works of eminent filmmakers on lives of artists, sociopolitical issues as well as films by modern and contemporary Indian artists exploring their surroundings with a critical discerning eye are part of the gamut of movies that are screened at the museum.

From Santhal Family to Mill Re-call A Film by RV Ramani

As part of the ongoing Vivan Sundaram’s retrospective, KNMA organised a screening of the film 'From Santhal Family to Mill Re-call' (winner of Best Long Documentary at MIFF 2018 ), directed by prolific filmmaker RV Ramani. The film traces the interdisciplinary project '409 Ramkinkars' initiated and conceptualised by Vivan Sundaram in collaboration with many practitioners, and was first hosted at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) in 2015. The project is a re-take on the work and times of acclaimed modernist sculptor Ramkinker Baij (1910-1980), and was in collaboration between theatre practitioners, writers, artists and actors. Ramani brings his own readings and cinematic gaze to this highly referential project.

Guttermoons - A Festival of Activist Cinema

Activism as a form has remained difficult to trace historically both in the world and in cinema. Activism carries within itself the preconceived notions and disjointed images of protesters, fire, slogans, placards, violence, and subsequently it is always perceived as bearing political and social connotations. It is for the same reason that society still awaits an objective and all-encompassing definition of the verb activism. The world eagerly seeks to bypass this word and its conceptual, sinister implication by ascribing the reason of its intent to the absence of this word within the pages of a dictionary. This amounts to viewing activism merely as one of the many activities of people with its own set of dress code, rules, procedures and stereotypes instead of allotting it the much deserved categorization- that of an imperative action which comprises of qualities of inquiry, argument, opposition and resistance that occur naturally to the human psyche.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Lightcube presented Gutter Moons, a series of films that were activist not because they followed a predetermined set of notions and agendas but because their very existence aimed towards resisting the world around them. Their activism is thus an intrinsic part of their composition. The Inextinguishable Fire by Harun Farocki, Ms. 45 by Abel Ferrara, Statues also Die by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi and Contra City by Djibril Diop Mambety were the films that were screened during this festival, including a special screening of the film Ab tak Muzzafarpur.

The Machine Age - Presented by Echo Chamber, the film club collaboration between KNMA and Light Cube Film Society

The world in the 19th century witnessed itself barely held together on the verge of all-pervasive and rampant automatisation, machinisation, equipment, industry and armament; and the immediate consequences of these phenomena: surveillance, nuclear war, accidental footage, dehumanization, a loss of individual personality and late 20th century paranoia. The subsequent development to this cathartic scenario was cinema. This film series aimed to evaluate how machines respond to each other, the manner in which the tracking shots assesses the diagonals, assembly lines and general geometries of modern factories and how the cinematic form is capable of instilling vigour into those whose lives mimic the workings of machines.

The films that were screened during this festival included Workers leaving the FactoryArrival of the train at Le CiotatAnemicMan with a Movie Camera, Sherlock Jr.The Cameraman , A nous la LiberteShoulder ArmsModern Times and many more. The program also featured guest lectures, talks, discussions and video essays.

Distant Firelights - Film festival in collaboration with Light Cube Film Society

Film as a medium works towards documenting the journey at length, and in that context Arrival of the train at Ciotat is not only about the arrival of the train but the distance that it covered to reach its desired destination. Film as a medium has the capacity to enter the physical space around the globe as well as affect the human soul in an unparalleled way. Thus a film functions to bring the voices of the marginalized to the forefront as well as shed light upon the process of marginalization itself.

Distant Firelights was a collection of films that attempted to study, in varying measures, three fundamental qualities of the film medium: its interest in landscapes, time and the margins. The festival commenced with the screening of films like At Land by Maya Deren, Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley, Once Upon a Time in Beirut by Jocelyn Saab and Journey to Nagaland by Aditi Chitre. Other films that were screened were Matimaye by Chitra Palekar, The House in Black by Forugh Farrokhzad and Beau Travail by Claire Denis.

Art In Cinema A Three Day Film Festival KNMA - Vinod Bhardwa

The most effective means to understand the intent of the artist and his artist practice is through his films, as moving image hold the greatest appeal to the most basic of human instincts. Biopics serve the purpose to the fullest in giving the viewer a rich glimpse of the moods, eccentricities, passion  and temperament  of the artist and how his art is an amalgamation of all these.

Video art has successfully carved out its place within the contemporary art world and artists today are utilizing it to create video works or incorporating it with other mediums to build a distinctly complex narrative. Through the Art in Cinema initiative, KNMA strived towards bringing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the artistic practice, not just as a process but also as the completed work.

Art in Cinema was about films by artists and on artists. The first day opened with the screening of two new films; Once Upon a Holy Crow and One for the Road by Gopi Gajwani. Other important films that were screened were Works & Words (on Akbar Padamsee) by Laurent Bregeat, Couples/Photo Album by Vivan Sundaram, Colours of Absence (on Jehangir Sabavala) by Arun Khopkar, Life of a Double by Pratul Dash and A day with Sohail and Mariyan by Gigi Scaria. Various other films were screened and were well received.



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