At Land/Maya Deren / 1915 / USA
April 3, 2013 / 4PM
The film features a Kafka-inspired dream-like narrative in which a woman, played by Deren, is washed up
on a beach and goes on a strange journey encountering other people and other versions of herself.
Deren once said that the film is about the struggle to maintain one's personal identity.
Sita Sings the Blues / Nina Paley / 1976 / USA
April 3, 2013 / 4:30PM
An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette
Hanshaw. Sita Sings the Blues offers one of many revisionist perspectives on the ancient epic, and
through clever interlacing of Sita’s story and her own autobiographical account, Paley establishes the
mythical object as being a yield of day-to-day lives, and not separate from it.
Journey to Nagaland / Aditi Chitre / 1926 / India
April 4, 2013 / 4PM
Journey to Nagaland is a short animated documentary about a young girl who is led to a distant land by
the force of her visions and goes on a journey to discover her mother’s origins.
Director in attendance. Q/A follows.
What’s Going On? / Jocelyne Saab / 1980 / Lebanon
April 4, 2013 / 5PM
At bottom is a tale of exploring the imagination of a writer, plus a tale of exploring the city of Beirut. The
film deals with the initiation to love and the female soul.
Beau Travail / Claire Denis / 1990 / France
April 5, 2013 / 4PM
This film focuses on ex-Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops
in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising
young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup's mind. He feels compelled to stop him
from coming to the attention of the commandant who he admires, but who ignores him. Ultimately, his
jealousy leads to the destruction of both Sentain and himself.
Maati Maay / Chitra Palekar / 1998 / India
April 5, 2013 / 4:45PM
Bragirath is a bright young boy being raised by his father Narsu a superstitious single father who can
barely believe what his son has learned in science class. One day, curious Bragirath asks Narsu about
Chandi, an odd and unkempt woman who wanders through their village beating a metal pot to warn
people of her presence. Narsu tells the lad that Chandi is a witch -- and that she also happens to be
Bragirath's mother. In flashback, we are introduced to Chandi as a young and vibrant woman who is given
the unpleasant task of overseeing the funerals of the village's children. Chandi sees her job as important
if hardly pleasant, but in time her contact with the spirits of the dead has an unexpected impact on her
and those around her.
Director introduces. Q/A follows.
The House is Black / Forough Farrokhzad / 1920 / Iran
April 5, 2013 / 6:30PM
Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is
much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude.
In collaboration with
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art