Focus on India - Mixed Films | Virtual
This program showcases emerging and established filmmakers from India sharing their homeland with the world. The films are centered around lost culture, religion, life in remote regions, breaking new ground and imagination gone wild. This program is guest curated by noted filmmaker and editor Reena Mohan (IND).
Program subject to change
Log Drum of Pessao
Log Drum of Pessao tracks the making of a ceremonial log drum from ancient techniques involved in cutting and shaping the log, to carrying the log drum over many days to its final home in the Morung. The journey from forest to village, to final resting place in the Morung, abounds in rituals and traditional-style celebrations, beautifully captured on screen.
Fathima the Oracle
Fathima is a young Muslim girl from a small village in Northern India, who is possessed by a Buddhist deity. As the family comes to terms with her fate, some people make an unsuccessful attempt on her life. After meeting several Buddhist spiritual masters, she becomes a recognized medium for a major deity that dates back to seventh century. But Fathima struggles in her personal life within her community of strong followers of the Shia school of Islam.
The Kingline Project
Two climbers finding solace and expression through acts of struggle and problem solving, try to climb a hard boulder project in Manali, India. This is the story of two stalwarts vying to make a first ascent of this juggernaut where progress is measured in inches over repeated attempts.
High Grounds is a documentary on the drivers and conductors who drive on the 'death roads' of the Spiti Valley in India. The film focuses on their lives and shows us how the government's transport system fails the locals residing in the valley as they embark on this arduous bus journey.