Archive for November, 2009

Director and Producer of ‘Arzoo’ visit Magic Lantern Foundation

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Magic Lantern Foundation is happy to report the visit of ‘Under Construction’ filmmakers Shashi Ghosh Gupta, director of the film ‘Arzoo‘ and Mr.Arun Gupta, producer, ‘Arzoo‘.

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Posted below is a memorable photograph of their visit!!

(From L to R) : Reena Ekka Dasgupta, Auditi Dey, Shashi Gupta, Arun Gupta, Ranjan De.


‘Bilal’ director visits Magic Lantern Foundation!

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Magic Lantern Foundation is happy to report the visit of Under Construction filmmaker Sourav Sarangi, director of the film ‘Bilal’, to our office.

Left to right: Pranab, Chandan, Sourav Sarangi, Ranjan de, Shyamal, Parul Soni, Auditi, Bimla

The 5th annual Hankyoreh-Busan International Symposium!

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

The fifth annual Hakyoreh-Busan International Symposium on the subject of communication and peace in Northeast Asia organized by the Hankyoreh Foundation for Reunification and Culture (HFRC) began Thursday at the Nurimaru APEC House located in Busan. Experts and scholars who convened continued discussions through Friday on pressing current issues, including methods to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue.

Lim Dong-won, chairperson of the Hankyoreh Foundation for Reunification and Culture, opened the symposium by saying, “A comprehensive package deal is the only way to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue, to ensure a peaceful government and to bring
about an end to the Cold War that remains on the Korean Peninsula.” Lim added, “Although there have been so many obstacles, once we have reaffirmed our belief in the power of negotiation, we will be able to attain the final goal of bringing about an end to
the Cold War on the Korean Peninsula.” Chung Mong-joon, chairman of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP), said in his
congratulatory address, “A consultative body needs to be put together on increasing peace and communication within Northeast Asia.” Busan Mayor Hur Nam-sik welcomed international researcher and experts by saying, “This year’s symposium could serve as the site of bipartisan leadership on peace in Northeast Asia.”

Gargi Sen, director, Magic Lantern Foundation was present at the symposium and presented a paper on distribution.

Cinema City: A Report!

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

CINEMA CITY An Inter-disciplinary practice based archive project

On 11 th October 2009, the city of Bombay witnessed the first public showcase of Cinema City at NCPA Little Theater. The project is initiated by Majlis, centre for interdisciplinary arts initiatives in collaboration with a wide circle of organizations, institutions and individuals. Cinema City is a project to document, archive and re-read the cinema producing cities through images and narratives within cinema and its impacts and manifestations in the lived world; involving inter-disciplinary research, pedagogy, art and media productions. The aim behind the project is to facilitate an interface between collections and collective memory, between access and interaction, between theories and practices, between pedagogy and productions and between art productions and research.

Though the project aims to expand into an archive of postcolonial Asian metropolises that produce cinema, currently the work is being concentrated only on Bombay. This is an ongoing project that we envisage to run for years to come. The preview presentation included the work put together in the first year of the project. The event started with the introduction of the project by the principle curator Madhusree Dutta, she talked about the origin of the project, it’s rational and the various queries that the team came across and will continue to explore in the years to come. The special guest for the evening was Visual Artist Atul Dodiya and Film Historian Ashish Rajadhyaksh.

The audience turn out was spectacular comprising of friends, supporters, film enthusiasts, students and the cinema citizens. People far outnumbered the occupancy limit and squeezed in on the steps and corners of the theater. Even the tenacity of the five hour long programme and lack of amenities at the Little theatre could not dampen audience’ enthusiasm and the theatre was overflowing till the end.

Various components of the preview were:
Sweat Shops of the Cinema

By Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Design Cell, KRVIA; Avijit Mukul Kishore; Mamta Murthy and Rikhav Desai.

13 small television monitors installed on white acrylic screens tell the anonymous story of network of sweatshops (small production units) scattered all over the city that contribute to the larger production of cinema in the city. The palatial sets, the glamorous costumes, the mythological wigs, the romantic ambience of fog and rain, the mighty horses of medieval wars; moreover, the cameras and the lights; the editing and sound studios – all are operated from units that resemble the sweatshops of the multi-national corporations producing consumers’ goods. Yet, together these sweatshops create a dream machine that, in turn, greatly influences the imagination of cinema and the city. This imagination eventually governs the migration and demographic pattern of the city.

Pila House: The Cinema Settlement

By Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Rohan Shivkumar and Design Cell, Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA), Mumbai

Kitsch red curtains and florescent lights seduce one to enter the box which resembles a telephone booth. The walls of the booth are covered with scribbles of the cinema-city date line and anecdotes. An interactive computer game set inside the box lets the viewer have a virtual experience of Pila House, one hundred and twenty years old entertainment district of Bombay. Pila house, a hybridisation of Play House, was marked by the British Govt. as the Entertainment District out of a large graveyard in late 19 th century. Since then the area has metamorphosed from circus and variety shows to company theatre to silent cinema to talkies and still running. The game comprises of cartographs, architectural drawings of the area, official documents, film clips, interviews and documentary footage on Pila House. The viewer can move around the map and select the locations they want to explore.

Tambu cinema: An Analogous Cinema City

By Amit Madhesiya, Shirley Abraham and Jatin Vidyarthi

Images of the popular phenomena of travelling cinema of the 50’s, that now only survives in parts of Maharashtra, is captured on still camera and then overlaid on a soundscape comprised of the location ambience and associative tracks. The project locates the journey of the travelling cinema with the annual religious fairs, the jatras, mapping the contours of an age-old tradition and the symbiotic integration of cinema into such a milieu. The arrival of the cinema is marked by barricaded space, spectacle of cable laying and sound and projection testing, colourful banners hanging in the agrarian landscape, filmi accessories being sold in carts and stalls and occasional visits by the matinee idols. A miniature cinema city is unfolded for a fortnight alongside with the religious deities and the live shows in circus. The phenomenon of the tent cinema is mapped as an analogous and transient Cinema City.

Conversation between Atul Dodiya and Ashish Rajadhyaksh on Atul Dodiya’s previous works on Cinema City

Ashish Rajadhyaksh presented Atul Dodiya’s previous works on cinema in the city and engaged on a retrospective discussion with the artist. Atul Dodiya is to make a new series of work to commemorate the Cinema City project.

Film Screening: 3 films and panel discussion

Certified Universal

Dir: Avijit Mukul Kishore

On many cinemas that exist and constantly get reproduced in the city.

Do Rafique

Dir: Rafeeq Ellias

Rafeeq Ellias walks a talk with Rafique Baghdadi around old and fading neighbourhoods tracing the memory of cinema.

Have you dreamt Cinema?

Dir: Hansa Thapliyal

On three women who live along Film City Road – their relationship with the idea of recreation and the place that cinema has as a pleasure house in their lives.

Discussion with the three filmmakers, moderated by Paromita Vohra

Panel Discussion: What is Cinema City?

Madusree Dutta, Rohan Shivkumar, Mamta Murthy; moderated by George Jose.

Film Screening: 3 films and panel discussion

Dark Room

Dir: Renu Savant

On the basic materiality of cinema – the chemicals and the moving people.

Dhananjay Kulkarni “Chandragupt”

Dir: Rhivu Laha

A film writer impersonates as a night watchman.

Sin City

Dir: Srikant Agawane

On the filmography of crime in the city

Discussion with the three filmmakers, moderated by Surabhi Sharma

Compiled by Shikha Pandey.

Sourced from MAJLIS -a center for rights discourse and inter-disciplinary arts initiatives

Outlook article on copyright issues!

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

An interesting article in the magazine ‘Outlook’ on copyright issues and lopsided contracts. The artistes express their views on unfair contracts.

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Spanish film ‘The Best of Me’ to be screened on 14th November

November 12, 2009 1 comment

Roser Aguilar will present her film ‘The best of me‘. After the screening, a panel discussion will be held between the Spanish director and Gargi Sen. The two women directors have a deep insight of the cinematic forms, politics of gender and identity.

The film is scheduled for screening on 14th November, 2009 at the Exhibition Hall, Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi

The best of me

(Spain,2007) 78 min

Director: Roser Aguilar

When Raquel was a little girl, she could not understand why everyone talked constantly about love; on the radio, on TV, in Saturday’s afternoon films and specially in songs. She always wondered what would happen if she did not find anyone who would love her. When Raquel moves in with Tomas, she will have to ask herself what she could be willing to for love. She will have to discover how beautiful, and at the same time how difficult, it is to truly love someone.

Bilal screening at the IIC

November 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Magic Lantern Foundation and the India International Centre presents Bilal, a film based on a 3 year old boy whose parents are blind, directed by Saurav Sarangi is scheduled to be screened at the India International Centre on the 24th of November,2009 at 6 :30 p.m.


English (subtitled), 88 min, 2008, India
Bilal can see but his parents cannot. He is only three years old and hardly understands what blindness is. Bilal also has a little brother, Hamza. And inside a tiny dark and dank room together they live in a curious game of seeing and not seeing. Neighbors and relatives surround them. The film tells this unusual story by observing the little boy over a year by capturing rare moments of sharing love, fun, cruelty and hope… the wonder world of Bilal.

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