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Day 3 at Persistence Resistance 2010

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Members of the audience decide what to watch!

A still from one of the FTII Films that were screened at Auditorium 1

Screening of Made in India at Auditorium 2

S. Anand, Ashish Pandya and Kesang Tseten

Rada Sesic, John and Supriyo Sen

Ruchika Negi, Amit Mahanti, Supriyo Sen and Ranjan De

Manjira Datta in conversation.

Shankhajeet De in conversation with Nilotpal Majumdar

A still from the film: Sarpat

Ira Bhaskar and Supriyo Sen: in Auditorium 2

S. Anand, Ruchika Negi and Krishnendu Bose in a Q & A with the audience.

Audience outside Auditorium 1

Avijit Mukul Kishore in conversation with Shankhajeet De, as the audience looks on.

Supriyo, Gargi Sen, Wakai Makiko and Ashish Pandya with his wife.

Arun Gupta in conversation with friends.

Viewing a film at the video parlour.

Disconnect: An installation by Frameworks at the Gandhi King Plaza.

Members of the audience viewing films on installation.

Vijaya Mulay (Akka), signs as copy of her book: ‘From Rajahs and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond’

Installation 2: Dialogue Remains: by Ranu Ghosh

The audience enjoys the installation: Dialogue Remains

Installation 3: Short Films, a still from the film ‘Erased’

Night screening of the film: Wagah! by Supriyo Sen

Audience at the night screening of Wagah!

Audience at the night screening of the film: Sound of Tibet! by Kim Joon Nyeon


Day 2 at Persistence Resistance 2010!

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Schedule for the festival: Persistence Resistance 2010

Registration outside Auditorium 1

A film still from one of the NID student films.

Audience outside Auditorium 1

The audience, eagerly awaiting the starting of the film.

Veena Hariharan in conversation with Bishakha Datta

The audience looks on.

Manjira Datta, Shankhajeet De and Avijit Mukul Kishore in conversation.

Saba Dewan(L) and Sabeena Gadhioke in conversation.

Q and A round with filmmakers Kavita Joshi and Manjira Datta, while Gargi Sen moderates the discussion.

One of the members of the audience poses a question at Kavita Joshi.

Dialogue remains, an installation by Ranu Ghosh.

Disconnect: an installation by Frameworks collective at the Gandhi King Plaza.

Bus Book: A part of the installation set up by the Frameworks team.

Viewing a film at the Gandhi King Plaza.

Day 1 at Persistence Resistance 2010

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Entrance to the India International Centre

Registration desk for Persistence Resistance 2010

Entrance to the Gandhi King Plaza, where one can see films under the Retrosepective Section, in video parlours, watch a film from the library or view the installation titled ‘Disconnect’ by Frameworks.

Samina Mishra in conversation with Kesang Tseten.

At the Gandhi King Plaza; Retrsopectives of Deepa Dhanraj, Manjira Datta, Saba Dewan, Sanjay Barnela, Krishnendu Bose, Supriyo Sen in parlours, and a video library.

Inside the viewing room! Choose your film and watch!

The audience, in conversation with filmmaker Sandhir Flora, after the screening of his film: Kya Main Qafir Hoon?

Persistence Resistance 2010:

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment


Wagah directed by Supriyo Sen will be the opening film of Persistence Resistance, the festival of contemporary political films which will be held in New Delhi from February 25-27.

The festival will be inaugurated by film maker Jai Chandiram on February 25. The New Delhi launch of the book ‘From Rajas and Yogis to Gandhi and Beyond‘ by Vijaya Mulay would close the inaugural session.

The closing film of the festival will be Sound of Tibet: Awakening Kindness by Kim Joon-Nyeon, with a repeat screening of wagah.

89 films will be screened in 14 venues across the venue of the festival. Films will be screened in 2 auditoria, in 6 simulated video parlours, outdoors at night, as installations and at a muti-hub video library.

The festival will present retrospective of six directors: Manjira Datta, Deepa Dhanraj, Saba Dewan, Krishnendu Bose, Sanjay Barnela (with Vasant Sabarwal) and Supriyo Sen. The festival this year will also showcase works by student from the Film and Television Institute of India and National Institute of Design.

There will be 6 in-depth conversations on documentary practice with 5 eminent filmmakers and a cinematographer: Kesang Tseten, Majira Datta, Saba Dewan, Bishakha Datta, Supriyo Sen and Avijit Mukul Kishore. Discussants will be Samina Mishra, Brinda Bose, Veena Hariharan, Sabina Gadihoke, Ira Bhaskar and Shankhajeet De.

Festival organiser Gargi Sen told Dearcinema- “For too long documentary practice has lain at the edges of our vision, something that happens, but in general we don’t really SEE it. Using a multi-faced approach, multiple screening and viewing practices and a massively magnified scale, Persistence Resistance 2010 aims to bring the documentary to the centre of our collective vision.

Persistence Resistance 2010: Newsclick!

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Newsclick Production 24 Feb 2010

Filmmaker and co-founder of Magic Lantern Foundation, Gargi Sen talks about her organization and ‘Persistence Resistance 2010′, a festival of contemporary political films which starting on 25- 27 February at IIC, Delhi.

Below is a link to the interview:

Persistence Resistance:

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment


MAGIC LANTERN Foundation in collaboration with India International Centre is going to host –Persistence Resistance 2010: A festival of contemporary political films .The festival brings the audiences and matters of films, a little closer together in a common space.

In this edition, the Fest aims to explore the diversity of the documentary form. The expanding content and aesthetics of independent films fuels the concept of such events. The Fest tries to create multifaceted spaces for viewing, interaction and discussion that are as diverse and rich as the political complexity of the content and aesthetics that infuse the works.

The festival consciously uses the term ‘political films’ and aims to present a wide range of genre of the documentary, from experimental to creative to narrative to hybrid and claims for itself the space of the ‘political’. The festival will screen a large number of films using multiple screening and viewing practices: films will be screened in two auditoria, in the outdoors, in simulated video parlours, at a multi-hub video library, and as installation.

The Two- day festival has also organised seminars .Daily seminars will engage with the aesthetics and politics of the documentary form. A collection of outstanding films will be screened. The festival is examining the notion of boundaries by bringing together films that lie on borderlines, constantly negotiating between the centre and the periphery. The films shift between questions of territorial, social, historical and personal identities, observing capturing, reflecting and finding sometimes, that which is concealed behind fixed definitions and paradigms. The films position themselves on the threshold of what is and what lies beyond. This year the Persistence Resistance is arriving with films that engage with the aesthetics of cinema and politics of our everyday lives. The subjects are varied, ranging from geographical boundaries to barriers of caste, religion, gender and self.


Retrospectives of six filmmakers: Deepa Dhanraj, Manjira Datta, Saba Dewan, Krishnendu Bose, Sanjay Barnela and Supriyo Sen.

Conversations on documentary practice: Five filmmakers and one cinematographer will interact with academics and filmmakers to unravel the various strands of the documentary form in South Asia, as it exists today.

Installations: Aims to create an altogether different viewing experience where the viewer has the choice to stop and look, or walk away, to ‘see in transit, Disconnect by Frame Works Research & Media Collective and Dialogue Remains Ranu Ghosh will be screened

The three-day festival is opening on February 25, 2010.

Persistence Resistance 2010: Mid-day, Delhi!

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

An article in ‘Mid-day, Delhi” dated 25th February 2010, informing readers about the film festival; Persistence Resistance 2010: A festival of contemporary political films, to be held at the India International Centre from 25th to 27th February, 2010.


Dance makes you a better being. Films push the conscience.’

By: Swati Kumari

Date: 2010-02-25

Place: Delhi

The former fascinates. The latter, when pertaining to politics, puts you off. Persistence-Resistance is what you need to bring about a change of perspective

There’s the Budget. Bureaucracy. And babudom. And then, there’s a young lot of changemakers who could go to just about any lengths to rouse your conscience. Remember RDB? Hazaaron Khwaishein? More recently, Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal?

Does politics still sound boring? Persistence Resistance, a three-day festival beginning today, aims to delve into the depths of the socio-economic-political-emotional sphere that’s more of than not misunderstood or overhyped. The body behind the affair is Magic Lantern Foundation, which promotes young filmmakers who are articulating important societal issues through this medium.

The films shift between questions of territorial, social, historical and personal identities, observing, capturing, reflecting and discovering sometimes that, which is concealed behind fixed definitions and paradigms. “This year, we are looking at art embedded in human struggle, notions of internationalism, and the need to stretch the definition of the ‘political’ to include the way we practise art. We have new films, open-air screenings, video installations and book releases, too,” says Gargi Sen, festival director.

She is hopeful that the documentaries would prove a new experience for aspirants who can learn the art of filmmaking from these films. “People’s perceptions, whether about documentaries that relate to advertisements, current issues or television, are wrong.

We are showcasing creative, soul-stirring ones. It is a platform where we welcome filmmakers and film audiences to inhabit and share a common space in time, in an effort to collectively create and redefine public cultures,” Gargi goes on. “Take, for instance, the movie Bilal, which is a story of a three-year-old whose parents are blind. The film tells this unusual story by observing the little boy over a year and capturing rare moments of sharing love, fun, cruelty and hope amid all societal scrutiny.”

The festival will screen around 89 films using multiple screening and viewing practices. Films will be screened in two auditoria, in the outdoors, in simulated video parlous, at a multi-hub video library and as installations. The event tries to move beyond confines of stereotypical ‘viewing spaces,’ thus inviting the audience to participate in the world of images in a different way. “Dance performances or art can’t bring change, but help you be a better human being. Films are not an instrument; they just push your consciousness,” she reminds, urging young politicians, students and citizens to stop by.

The Persistence Resistance Festival

At: the India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg

When: Today to February 27 9.30 am to midnight

For detailed schedule,