19th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2017 (6 - 10 December, 2017)

Screening Schedule: 6 December, 2017


Day 1: 6 December 2017 at Arul Aanandhar College, Karumathur

  • 10 am: Inauguration [Chief Guest: Amrit Gangar, film critic / curator / historian (Mumbai)]
  • 10:30 18 Feet (Dir: Renjit Kuzhur; 77 min; Malayalam with English subtitles; Documentary; Indian Films)
    Karinthalakoottam is an indigenous band that propagates the music of soul to connect people with a sense of historic resolution. 18 feet symbolizes the holy distance dalits, the downtrodden, were to ensure for the sanctity of upper castes. P R Remesh, a city public-bus conductor, is the man behind the exuberant squad that drums empathy for all in denial of historic untouchability attached to the disused community. The troop is the vanguard in redefining the identity of people who are battered by senseless incorrectness through centuries. The downtown Kerala band rekindles the sense of sanity for all with a massage of love and harmony.
  • 11:50 Interaction
  • 12:00 Printed Rainbow (Dir: Gitanjali Rao; 15 min; Animation; India; Filmmaker in Focus)
    Printed Rainbow‘ is a journey of a lonely old woman and her cat into the fantastical world of her matchbox collection.
  • 12:15 Interaction
  • 12:30 Flesym (Dir: Behrouz Roustaei; 19 min; Parsi with Eng subtitles; Short fiction; Iran)
    Behzad is a civil engineer who gets very close to signing an important contract that can change his life. Everything is perfect but Behzad undergoes internal disorders and in the course of the story we realize that he is suffering from phobias which have been with him since childhood.
  • 12:50 Interaction
  • 1:00 Lunch break
  • 2:00 Alpavirama – Students films from Asia: Curated by Arun Gupta, NID (Ahmedabad)
    Aina (Dir: Touqir Islam; 19 min; Bengali; short fiction)
    The son of a local barber is a massive admirer of a famous hero whom he imitates mannerism and actions.
    Anjaan Raastey (Dir: Umair Ahmad Khawaja; 24 min; Urdu, Punjabi; documentary)
    This film explores history, memory, politics and belonging in Lahore by examining recent efforts to rename streets and public spaces in accordance with a religious and nationalist idea.
  • 2:40 Interaction
  • 2:50 Green (Dir: Patrick Rouxel; 48 min; Documentary; Retrospective)
    Her name is Green; she is alone in a world that doesn‘t belong to her. She is a female Orangutan, a victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green‘s final days. It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity in Indonesia and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for the palm oil plantations and the pulp and paper Industry.
  • 3:40 Interaction
  • 3:50 Vote of thanks

Day 1: 6 December at LENS Media Centre, Gnanaolipuram

  • 4:00 Mod (Dir: Pushpa Rawat; 69 min; India; Documentary; Documentary; India)
    'Mod' is an attempt by the filmmaker at communicating with the young men who hang out at the 'notorious‘ water tank in her neighbourhood in Pratap Vihar, Ghaziabad.
  • 5:10 Interaction
  • 5:25 Bird Trapper or Beggar (Dir: Vinod Raja; 79 min; Kannada, Waghri Bohli with Eng subtitles; Documentary; India)
    The Hakki Pikkis are a free spirited nomadic tribe who began their wandering many generations ago in the North Western part of the Indian subcontinent. Over time they travelled through and settled in different states of the country.
    As they moved, they survived through trapping birds and hunting small game in the forests and selling them in cities and towns along with lucky charms and trinkets. If the trap failed, begging was the next best bet! Exiled from the forest, reviled by the city, their traditional ways of life outlawed the Hakki Pikkis share their stories of wit and survival in the film that emerged through a series of community conversations held when we travelled with friends from a settlement in Bannerghatta, Bangalore to other settlements across Karnataka.
  • 6:45 Interaction with Vinod Raja, filmmaker
  • 7:00 I am Bonnie (Dir: Farha Katun, Satarupa Santra, Saurabh Kanti Dutta; 45 min; Bengali with English subtitles; Documentary; India)
    Bonnie (33) is again on the run. He has been on the run from his family and sports fraternity since failing 'sex test' before the Bangkok Asian Games, 1998.
  • 7:45 Interaction

Day 1: 6 Dec 2017 at Kaleidoscope

  • 5 pm Inauguration
  • 5:30 Filmmaker in Focus – Gitanjali Rao
    PRINTED RAINBOW (Animation/English/35mm/15min/color/2006/India; Directed, Animated, Produced by Gitanjali Rao)
    Printed Rainbow‘ is a journey of a lonely old woman and her cat into the fantastical world of her matchbox collection.
    ORANGE (Animation/English/4min/color/2002; Directed, Animated, Produced by Gitanjali Rao)
    'Orange‘ is a conversation between two women about love and the loss of it
    CHAI (11min/color/2014)
    CHAI is a short film exploring the lives of four tea sellers in India. Merging the mediums of documentary, fiction and animation, Chai‘ is a part of 5 films that describe India
    BLUE (Animation/01 min/color; Director : Gitanjali Rao)
    'Blue' is a little girl's dream about exploring space, with her cat. 'Blue' was an exercise in story telling without using words. It was created in the traditional style of progressive animation using colored pencils on colored paper. It was made in the days were computers were not used too widely for animation in India.
  • 6:00 Interaction
  • 6:15 Belonging to Untouchable God (Dir: Anuj Kumar; 26 min; Hindi with Eng subtitles; Documentary; India)
    Story of Ramkali Devi, a dalit woman from Bihar who once was a bonded labourer, now an independent farmer after a long struggle for justice.
  • 6:45 Interaction
  • 7:00 3 Years 3 Months & 2 Days (Dir : Saeid Valizadeh and Davood Rahmani; 25 min; Parsi with Eng subtitles; Short fiction; Iran)
    It is last moments of living a teen being convicted a felony. In fantasy and realism people come and go and he is looking for an answer into which he is forgiven or not?
  • 7:30 Interaction