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Cinema Urbanism: A session on understanding cities in cinema

Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
: 7.00 p.m

Venue: Siddhartha Hall, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

CITIES, real or imaginary, have always been integral to cinema, as the stage where its stories play out. The urban spaces in cinema are not just a backdrop to the narrative, but a part of it. Films understand and capture these spaces in a manner more intense and perceptible than architects and urban planners.

Through three evenings, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and arch i platform invite you to a journey through a range of urban spaces and a progression of time periods. In this process the audience will be guided by film experts, who will engage with them, by raising critical questions and presenting new perspectives. CU is not just a screening but an attempt to put architecture and cinema in dialogue.

THE FORMAT of the session will be a discussion or an open dialogue between the expert and the audience. Through various film clips, the experts will discuss a particular aspect of cities and architecture in cinema.

All three experts for the three evenings have varying fields of study and interest. They include a film maker, theorist on film studies and an architect. Consequently, the audience will also be eclectic, ranging from architects to photographers, film makers, or simply film enthusiasts.

Session ONE

Date: 30 April, 7pm
Speaker : Ms. Ranjani Mazumdar

Title : Cinematic City – An introduction to understanding cities in cinema

About the speaker: She is not only an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University but also an independent film maker and author of the book “Bombay Cinema, An Archive of the City.

Session TWO
Date: 7 May, 7pm
Speaker : Mr. Aftab Jalia
Title : Nothing comes out of Nothing ā€“ Fantasy, Utopia and Dystopia

About the speaker:
He is an alumnus of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beyond his interests in contemporary architecture, he is an ardent observer of parallel graphic expression ā€“ including comics, movies and architecture.

Session THREE
Date: 14 May, 7pm
Speaker : Ms. Ein Lall

Title : Rural Virgin, Urban Whore – The Great Indian Divide

About the speaker:

She has used the video documentary to celebrate the unique strength and creativity of women and has directed several films which have participated in various international film festivals.

For details please contact 011 – 23471112/10.

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