Reframe: A Time To Resist

  • April 9, 2021 | 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre
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About the Programme

While the world reels through a pandemic and the spectre of death and illness haunts us, the power and the lack of empathy of nation states has been put under the spotlight for all to see. The rise of right wing ideology, racial prejudice, religious fundamentalism and the threat to social and cultural freedoms, seem to have manifested spectacularly in many countries. Multiple issues of inequality and injustice that were hidden or that we were blind to, have been made visible by the pandemic. Across the world, people have taken to the streets. There are protests, strikes and rallies. We find ourselves today at a critical moment in time. A time to resist.

With a focus on India, this series reflects on how Indian cinema has endured as a site through which democracy has been imagined and negotiated. With films that address issues of land, labour and human rights through poetry, music and humour, this programme outlines how India has entered one of its most complex and dangerous political periods yet.

Featuring films by:

Arya Rothe
Cristina Hanes
Deepa Dhanraj
Ekta Mittal
Isabella Rinaldi
Kush Badhwar
Priya Sen
Ruchir Joshi
Sanjiv Shah
S.N.S Sastry

About Guest Curator

Shai Heredia, filmmaker and curator, is the founding director of Experimenta, the moving image art biennial of India, which has gained international prominence as an influential platform for experimental film and video. She has curated for film festivals and art venues worldwide, and most recently was the programmer of the prestigious Robert Flaherty Seminar. Her films I Am Micro and An Old Dog’s Diary have received critical acclaim, been exhibited widely and won awards, including a National Award and the BFI London International Film Festival Short Film award. Heredia has also been a grant maker with India Foundation for the Arts where she set up the Arts Practice and Curatorship funding programmes. Heredia lives and works in Bangalore where she runs Experimenta India, and teaches at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

About Reframe

An initiative by the Asian Film Archive (AFA), Reframe is a salon series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.

By asking the hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.

The Reframe: A Time to Resist programme will run from 9 to 25 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.

Selected films from the programme will also screen online from 12 April – 9 May 2021 on our Rewired platform.

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Important Notice:

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