17 - 26 November 2017
Usurp in collaboration with Day For Night presents a short season of contemporary art-house & new wave films from India to mark 70 years of independence/partition.
Fri 17 Nov 7:30pm
Court (Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014) 116 minutes
A social activist who uses folk music to spread his message is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide.
Sat 18 Nov 7:30pm
Miss Lovely (Ashim Ahluwalia, 2012) 110 minutes
Set in the criminal depths of Bombay’s “C” grade horror and porn film industry. A meeting with a struggling actress gives a mild-mannered filmmaker the idea to break away from his controlling brother.
Sun 19 Nov 2:30pm
I Am Kalam (Nila Madhab Panda, 2011) 87 minutes
Chotu, a child labourer who works in a roadside dhaba nurtures a million dreams. A chance encounter with a former President of India, as he delivers a speech on TV, inspires him to fulfil his dreams. He renames himself Kalam and finds a priceless friend in young Rannvijay.
Sun 19 Nov 7:30pm
Dreaming Lhasa (Tenzing Sonam/Ritu Sarin, 2005) 90 minutes
Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama’s exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. The film takes them through the world of the exile Tibetan community in India and becomes a journey of self-discovery.
Fri 24 Nov 7:30pm
Elippathayam / Rat Trap (Adoor Gopalakrishnan, 1981) 121 minutes
Unni, the last male-heir of a feudal and decaying joint family. His inability to accept the socio-economic changes of a new society result in his gradual withdrawal into a metaphorical rat-trap sprung from his own isolation and paranoia.
Sat 25 Nov 7:30pm
The Violin Player (Bauddhayan Mukherji, 2016) 72 minutes
The story of one day in the life of a Bollywood session violinist who finds expression in an unlikely place. One day, one stranger, one request, one life changing moment that makes everything pale into insignificance.
Sun 26 Nov 7:30pm
Jang Aur Aman / War And Peace (Anand Patwardan, 2002) 135 minutes
In this award winning documentary Director Anand Patwardhan examines how the decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan propels both countries to pursue nuclear weapons. Citizens, politicians and protestors from both countries offer their opinions and reflections.