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Films get ‘independent’ in town

Films get ‘independent’ in town
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The age old culture of movie society and critiquing movie has somewhere lost its shine in the hustle-bustle of the city life. To this end, Transmissions, a film festival, celebrates and preserves the love for cinema by bringing in an array of films which tell the story of different cultures and experiences.

The festival will be showcasing  films by independent filmmakers. Movies like Children of the Pyre, which is a compelling real-life, self-narrative of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead, will be showcased.

These children manage their livelihood by collecting, snatching or stealing used coffin shrouds and sell them for petty amounts.

The film is a saga of exploitation that celebrates the victory of innocence over the most harrowing realities of life. It’s a journey through seared bodies, callous minds and dead consciences that constitute the human reality of the ghats at Varanasi.

At the Stairs by Rajesh Jala tells a gruelling story of a woman who, after her husband’s death, travels to the holy city of Benares in order to live out her days and achieve moksha.

In Chitrasutram, Vipin Vijay tells the story of a computer teacher, a black magician and a cyber creature who are predestined to online and offline encounters. The story oscillates between Indian mythology, surrealist personal symbolism and the cyber world.

In the film Riding Solo to the Top of the World, Gaurav Jani gives a first hand account of his motorcycle journey from Mumbai to one of the remotest places in the world — the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, bordering China.

Jani was the one-man camera crew unit loaded with his bike on a journey to one of the world’s most difficult terrains.

Nina Paley in Sita Sings the Blues intersperses events from The Ramayana for a light-hearted but knowledgeable discussion of historical background of Indian shadow puppets. Ancient mythological and modern biographical plots are parallel tales.

Khargosh centres around a small-town boy in a remote Indian village who accidentally enters into the adult adventure of love. The 10-year-old Bantu loves to be with his older friend Avneesh as they fly kites and explore the local bazaar. One day he sees Avneesh near a particular girl.
Young Bantu becomes the go-between messenger for the budding relationship. Watch them!
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