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Film ->'Bite the Mango Film' Festival: 22-28 September 2006

BITE THE MANGO FILM FESTIVAL
22 - 28 September 2006

Bite The Mango FIlm Festival, 22-28 September 2006This year’s Bite the Mango film festival at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford promises another host of exotic filmic delights from across the world and welcomes special guest star, Indian actor Shivaji Satam who introduces his film Uttarayan about a mid-50’s couple sharing romance and memories in contemporary India.

Satam is a veteran of more than 50 films in Bollywood and other Indian film industries, along with numerous key roles in Indian television. He currently appears in CID – a crime thriller which has enjoyed an eight-year run and is one of the most popular shows on Sony Entertainment Television.

Premieres and previews of new films showing at Bite the Mango 2006 include 'Little Box of Sweets', 'Halal Harry', 'Nina's Heavenly Delights' by Pratibha Parmar, 'Dreaming Lhasa' and 'Shayamol Chhaya'. Among the short films being screened are 'Toba Tek Singh' and Lalit Mohan Joshi's 'Beyond Partition'. Slices of Mango shorts include Recycling Man Vitya, Bo Kata, Sunny's Story, PS, The Silence Voice, Suicide and Tonight among others.

FILM SCREENINGS

Journey to the Other Side ( Uttarayan)

Dir. Bipin Nadkarni, India, 2004, 92mins, (U)
Cast: Shivaji Satam, Neena Kulkarni, Vijoo Khote

We hope Shivaji Satam will be present to introduce this special BTM screening of Journey to the Other Side and take part in a post-screening Q&A. On returning to Mumbai to meet his son’s new fiancée, Raghu (Satam) bumps into old friend Babu which stirs up memories of his first love, Kusum (Kulkarni), as they reminisce.

Having been widowed for some years, Raghu sets out to meet his childhood sweetheart, Kusum, but finds that she has become a despondent librarian now known as Durgi. Rediscovering their friendship, Raghu frequently finds himself slipping out of his son’s wedding arrangements and learns more about Durgi’s former abusive marriage which has caused her to become introverted and wary whilst he has experienced the loss of his wife to cancer. With his caring and gentle nature, Raghu slowly brings joy into Durgi's life while finding new meaning in his own. As their friendship blossoms the world weary couple slowly begins to build a relationship.

Director Bipin Nadkarni deftly unravels the rich relationship between these two latter-day lovers in this award-winning Marathi film showing that, despite a life of hardship, they are able to revive their childhood joys and friendship.


Little Box of Sweets
Little Box of Sweets is a beautiful film set in a small village outside Allahabad in Northern India, but a village that is changing as industrial projects move into a gentle rural landscape.

Halal Harry
Falling in love is never easy as London barman Harry Piggott (McNair) discovers when he falls for Aisha (Ijaz), the daughter of very strict Muslim parents. After Reaz (Sira) learns of his daughter’s secret liaisons he forbids Aisha from seeing Harry. Prevented from continuing their relationship, Harry decides to do whatever it takes to win over Aisha’s family. His plan? He will convert to Islam even though he risks offending his domineering mother, who raised him according to her strict Catholic beliefs.

Nina’s Heavenly Delights

When Nina (Shelley Conn) returns to Glasgow for her father’s funeral it is not the return of the prodigal daughter. Nina had left for London, running away from an arranged marriage, and she is met with a mixture of disinterest and still simmering anger.


Dreaming Lhasa
A filmmaker escaping her crumbling personal life in New York, returns to her Tibetan roots when she travels to Dharamsala, India to make a documentary on the exiled community that live there. Whilst there Karma (Gyatso) makes a connection with a disaffected local who spends his time cruising websites and a former monk who was tortured by the Chinese when they invaded and escaped political imprisonment. This eventually leads her on a quest that reveals some fascinating evidence of CIA involvement.

Shaymol Chhaya
During the monsoon of 1971, a group of helpless people make a boat journey to the liberated zone to escape the prevailing hostilities of the Pakistani Military, the Bangladeshi resistance movement known as the Heroic Sons of the Soil embarked on a war of liberation. Despite being terribly frightened, the group retain their dreams in the hope of reaching Shyamol Chhaya – the land of peace.

SHORT FILMS

Toba Tek Singh
Dir. Afia Serena Nathaniel , Pakistan, 2005, 18mins, (adv PG)
Cast: Midhat Kazim, Omair Rana, Imran Siddiqui, Adeel Ansari, Zahid Qureshi

In 1947 the newly created governments of India and Pakistan wish to exchange patients in their lunatic asylums. One patient wants to know the location of his hometown of Toba Tek Singh.

Beyond Partition
Dir. Lalit Mohan Joshi, GB/India, 2006, 65mins, (PG)
Cast: Gulzar Nihalani, Govind Nihalani, Sabiha Sumar, M.S. Sathyu, Shama Zaid

Lalit Mohan Joshi’s ground-breaking documentary reflects South Asian filmmakers’ take on the Partition of India in 1947. It explores the trauma of Partition and how it impacted on filmmakers from the Indian subcontinent.

CINEMA OF PRAYOGA
INDIAN EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO 1913-2006

'Prayoga' is a Sanskrit word, which loosely translates as 'experiment' but can also mean 'representation' and 'practice'. Coined by film historian Amrit Gangar, the term 'cinema of prayoga' defines "the eternal quest, [the] continuing process in time and space" central to artists' film and video.

Cinema of Prayoga is a touring exhibition of artists' film and video work from India; making available for the first time in the UK this rich and unseen history. Moving from the birth of Indian cinema with the fantastic films of D.G. Phalke, to the inventive and playful work produced under the government’s Films Division in the 1960s, the programme also incorporates recent films, from finely crafted dream like reveries mixing fact and fiction to the latest examples of internationally shown video art. The tour introduces a unique perspective on Indian culture and identity through historic and contemporary work. These works show the vitality and diversity of modern India in a way never before seen in the UK.

Over the past three years no.w.here (London) has worked closely with its partner organisation Filter (Mumbai) to establish the Experimenta festival in Mumbai and Delhi, providing a platform for international artists' film and video in India. During this period they have explored a rich vein of visual-arts based work that despite the huge popularity of Indian cinema remains relatively unknown. This project brings a comprehensive selection of innovative work from outside of 'Bollywood' film that India is traditionally known for. These works trace a history of personal film and video free from the constraints of the film industry and drawing on a broader array of the arts from folk tales to poetry and music to dance, as well as myths and fantasy. Cinema of Prayoga reflects the little known and diverse worlds of historic and contemporary India.

The Secret History of Indian Cinema: D.G. Phalke and Films Division

This programme presents revelatory and rare films from two founding periods of Indian cinema. D.G. Phalke’s fantastic films, like those of George Méliès in France, are the foundations of Indian cinema and merge folk theatre with epic literature, myth with modernity. Showing with these are films produced under the government’s Films Division, which was founded in 1948 with the aim of documenting independent India.

Unseen India: Experimental Ethnography

Music and poetry, dance and documentary are embraced by contemporary Indian artists in these reflections on modern Indian identity.

Contemporary Indian Video Art: Between Myth and History

Since the early ‘90s Indian video art has produced about 30 experimental artists who have incorporated this ‘new’ medium in their means of expression. The programme features a wide range of single screen works. (Programme curated by Johan Pijnappel)

SLICES OF MANGO - SHORTS

Bo Kata
Dir. Shehzad Afzal , UK/Pakistan, 2006, 30mins, (PG)

The rooftop kite flyers of Lahore have enjoyed a traditional part of Pakistan’s culture and heritage that has lasted for over 400 years. Now their pastime is threatened by a complete ban imposed by the government. This documentary highlights the impact the ban will have on a population that is associated with the mysterious art of kite flying.

Vitya, Recycling Man
Vitya, The Raddiwalla Dir. Shyla Lee, India/GB, 2006, 10mins, (U)

An insight into the life of a low income entrepreneur who leads an uncomplicated life recycling glass bottles in a rural Indian village.

Sunny's Story
Dir. Narved Plaha, GB, 2006, 8mins, (adv 15)
Cast: Narved Plaha, Ravinder Bains

Sunny’s life is so predictable that his thoughts begin to stray to the only uncertainty left in his life – his death. His thoughts haunt him until he can’t help but act upon them. How will he discover the story of his end and will his thoughts become reality?

PS
Dir. Nav Kandola, GB, 2006, 23mins, (15)
Cast: Sarah Niemic, Duggal Ram, Danny Thornton, Waleed Khalid

Filled with dialogue guaranteed to curl the toes of liberal audiences, Navdeep Kandola's striking update of the Romeo and Juliet story looks at contemporary attitudes to interracial relationships on a drug filled, violence wracked council estate in West Yorkshire when a white girl starts dating a local Asian boy.

The subject matter is something we have seen before, but P.S. is more than simply a short film driven by a tired if enduringly controversial idea. Kandola is a riveting director and manages to pack a remarkable number of characters and dialogue into twenty-two fiery minutes, while his cinematography belies the small budget. The overall impression left is one of a filmmaker richly deserving of a chance to get his teeth into a longer, meatier project.

Silenced Voice, the
Dir. Tanushree Chatterjee Basu , India, 2004, 7mins, (15)
Cast: Ashwini Kalsekar, Dinesh Lamba, Santosh Juvekar, Sunil Holkar, Sonali Rathod

Bilkis Yaqub is gang raped as her family is hacked to death during communal disturbances. The Silenced Voice was inspired by a true-life incident that occurred during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Suicide
Dir. Darshan Ashwin Travedi, Canada, 2006, 24mins, (adv 15)
Cast: Jonathan Robbins, Lisa Ramdial, Marco Grazzini, Yassir Kassam, Shobha Hatte

A depressed and penniless young artist, out of work, betrayed by his girlfriend, and frustrated with life fails at every attempt to take his own life.

Tonight
Dir. Mehul Desai, GB, 2006, 3mins,
Cast: Waleed Akhtar, Bally Sethi

Celebrating his 18th birthday with his family in a restaurant, Amish anticipates the present he has planned for himself in the evening

Applicant, The
Dir. Faisal A. Qureshi, GB, 2006, 5mins,
Cast: Parvez Qadir, Clare McGlinn, Ash Tandon

Attending a vague job interview, Eddie Ahmed is faced with an unusual test. Will he take it?

Guns, Thums and Movie Masala
Dir. Raza Mallal, GB, 2005, 20mins,
Cast: Zahir Daji, Liz Kemp, Kamran Akhtar, Ikran Elahi

A short comedy of a petty thief who resells the same stolen VCR to random characters who take their movie influences a little too far.

Visit www.bitethemango.org.uk for further details.


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