THE MANGO FILM FESTIVAL
22 - 28 September 2006
years 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-50s couple sharing romance and
memories in contemporary India.
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
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.
to the Other Side ( Uttarayan)
Bipin Nadkarni, India, 2004, 92mins, (U)
Cast: Shivaji Satam, Neena Kulkarni, Vijoo Khote
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
sons new fiancée, Raghu (Satam) bumps into old
friend Babu which stirs up memories of his first love, Kusum
(Kulkarni), as they reminisce.
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 sons
wedding arrangements and learns more about Durgis 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.
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.
Box of Sweets
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.
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 daughters
secret liaisons he forbids Aisha from seeing Harry. Prevented
from continuing their relationship, Harry decides to do whatever
it takes to win over Aishas 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 (Shelley Conn) returns to Glasgow for her fathers
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
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.
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.
Dir. Afia Serena Nathaniel , Pakistan, 2005,
18mins, (adv PG)
Cast: Midhat Kazim, Omair Rana, Imran Siddiqui, Adeel Ansari, Zahid
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.
Dir. Lalit Mohan Joshi, GB/India, 2006, 65mins, (PG)
Cast: Gulzar Nihalani, Govind Nihalani, Sabiha Sumar, M.S. Sathyu,
Mohan Joshis 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 EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO 1913-2006
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.
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 governments 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.
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.
Secret History of Indian Cinema: D.G. Phalke and Films Division
programme presents revelatory and rare films from two founding periods
of Indian cinema. D.G. Phalkes 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
governments Films Division, which was founded in 1948 with
the aim of documenting independent India.
India: Experimental Ethnography
and poetry, dance and documentary are embraced by contemporary Indian
artists in these reflections on modern Indian identity.
Indian Video Art: Between Myth and History
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)
OF MANGO - SHORTS
Dir. Shehzad Afzal , UK/Pakistan, 2006, 30mins, (PG)
rooftop kite flyers of Lahore have enjoyed a traditional part of
Pakistans 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, The Raddiwalla Dir. Shyla Lee, India/GB, 2006, 10mins, (U)
insight into the life of a low income entrepreneur who leads an
uncomplicated life recycling glass bottles in a rural Indian village.
Dir. Narved Plaha, GB, 2006, 8mins, (adv 15)
Cast: Narved Plaha, Ravinder Bains
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 cant help but act upon them. How will he discover
the story of his end and will his thoughts become reality?
Dir. Nav Kandola, GB, 2006, 23mins, (15)
Cast: Sarah Niemic, Duggal Ram, Danny Thornton, Waleed Khalid
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.
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.
Dir. Tanushree Chatterjee Basu , India, 2004, 7mins,
Cast: Ashwini Kalsekar, Dinesh Lamba, Santosh Juvekar, Sunil Holkar,
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.
Dir. Darshan Ashwin Travedi, Canada, 2006, 24mins,
Cast: Jonathan Robbins, Lisa Ramdial, Marco Grazzini, Yassir Kassam,
and penniless young artist, out of work, betrayed by his girlfriend,
and frustrated with life fails at every attempt to take his own
Dir. Mehul Desai, GB, 2006, 3mins,
Cast: Waleed Akhtar, Bally Sethi
his 18th birthday with his family in a restaurant, Amish anticipates
the present he has planned for himself in the evening
Dir. Faisal A. Qureshi, GB, 2006, 5mins,
Cast: Parvez Qadir, Clare McGlinn, Ash Tandon
a vague job interview, Eddie Ahmed is faced with an unusual test.
Will he take it?
Thums and Movie Masala
Dir. Raza Mallal, GB, 2005, 20mins,
Cast: Zahir Daji, Liz Kemp, Kamran Akhtar, Ikran Elahi
comedy of a petty thief who resells the same stolen VCR to random
characters who take their movie influences a little too far.
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