Thursday, 20 October, 10:00
It’s an old ideal that documentary films can change conditions, one that hardly anyone believes nowadays. Nonetheless, the curator of our current focus on India, Rada Sesic, calls filmmakers “change makers”, claiming that filming in India, more than in other regions of the world, is marked by the fact that the filmmakers and their works are seen as motors of social change.
The enormous importance of the visual and thus film in Indian culture can be a huge chance – but perhaps a burden, too? What does it mean to produce documentaries in such an environment? Are films capable at all of reflecting such unimaginable extremes of tradition and modernity, poverty and wealth, and such rapid social change? Is there such a thing as a specifically “Indian” cinematic language?
Rada Sesic (Curator "Filmmakers as Changemakers — The Rhythms of India")