Lightcube returned to Kolkata with a retrospective of seven films by acclaimed independent filmmaker, R V Ramani. The affair ran from the 8th to 10th of May, 2015 at Nandimukh Sabhagriho, from 6:30 PM to 9 PM each day. The set of screenings included screenings, tea breaks, discussions with the filmmaker and subscription sessions for Lightcube's tabloid of screen culture, Umbra.
The ambition of the Lightcube Retrospective is to conduct a journey, a lengthy voyage through the filmography of an important, as opposed to 'great', director and ensure a brief overview and introduction to his work through the exhibition of a number of his films. The showing of the films will also be accompanied by discussions, video-essays, exhibitions and printed-material on the work of the director or idea in question.
May 8, 2015
A DOCUMENTARY PROPOSAL /45 minutes / English, Bengali (Subtitled in English) / 2014 / 6:30 PM
Among the various films made by the renowned filmmaker Mrinal Sen, ‘BhuvanShome’ made in 1969, finance by the Indian Government, was a landmark film for its innovation and experimentation, setting the path for the Parallel Cinema movement in the country. In 2013, Films Division, a Government of India undertaking, decides to make a documentary film on Sen. Officials from the Films Division go to Sen’s house in Kolkata to officially propose a documentary on him. I go along with them.
SAA /25 minutes / Music and Effects / 1991 / 7:45 PM
A man sings in the local train in Bombay. Man and woman dance celebrating the Holi festival in the village Salona, in Maharashtra. Ganesh festivals celebrations reach its peak on the streets of Bombay. An exploratory journey seeking one’s own rhythm, through the magnetic flux of rural and urban rhythms.
MERA GAON HAI MUMBAI / 29 minutes / Hindi, Tamil, English / 2010 / 8:30 PM
Children lodged at the Government remand homes in Chennai, are brought there under various charges. Caught between the boundaries of the states and law, the remand home is a space-in-transit for many of these children. Some of them find their way back home, some find state adoption, but for many it is a journey to nowhere.
May 9, 2015
FACE LIKE A MAN / 30 minutes / English / 1993 / 6:30 PM
Nine painters – Tina, Juretzek, Vasudha Thozur, Gieve Patel, Manu Parekh, V.Ramesh, Vashudev, Gargi, Raina, Rekha Rodwitiya and Gerhard Schamhorst – with their preoccupations in an Artists camp, held in Chennai.
HINDUSTAN HAMARA / 98mins / English, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam / 2014 / 7:15 PM
This is a visual conversation between me and Anand Patwardhan. The film unfolds a range of poignant perspectives around Anand’s screening events and seems to raise primary questions in documentary filmmaking and representational politics.
May 10, 2015
BRAHMA VISHNU SHIVA / 19mins / No Dialogues /1999 / 6:30 PM
The filmmaker persuades his Japanese sculptor friend, Toshkazu Kanai, to work with sand as the medium, near the waterfront on a beach.
MY CAMERA AND TSUNAMI /90mins / English, Tamil, Bengali / 2011 / 7 PM
It is a memory of a camera which perished in the Tsunami, alongwith the final recorded footage on it. An elusive image, evoking multiple possibilities, seeking parallels and new perspectives.