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Women in Revolt: An International Women's Day Film Syllabus

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Gulabi GangThe legacy of feminist cinema showcases the complexities of women’s humanity through different prisms of ideology, time, landscapes, and national origin. The revolutionary potential of witnessing women’s liberation through a visual medium has provided a deeper and more complex portrayal of the diversity of narratives and characters that have otherwise been stripped from other areas of culture. These will only grow under the blossoming contemporary feminist movement that will celebrate the 103th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. This anniversary comes mere months after the momentous Women’s March, whose formation has roots in the result of Donald Trump’s presidential win but was truly years in the making with cuts to reproductive healthcare access, trans and queer civil rights, and general inadequacies towards women. The galvanization of millions of women around the world has ushered an even greater desire for better representation on screen,
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Gulabi Gang, Unravel winners at Aljazeera Documentary Film Festival

Gulabi Gang, Unravel winners at Aljazeera Documentary Film Festival
Two Indian films won awards at the recently-concluded 10th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha.

Unravel, directed by Meghna Gupta, won the Jury award in the short film category. Synopsis – When the Western world no longer wants it clothes, they are sent to a textile recycling factory in the sleepy town of Panipat, Northern India. Bright and inquisitive factory worker Reshma and her co-workers, reflect on these clothes. Despite limited exposure to western culture, they construct a picture of how the West is, using both their imagination and rumours that travel with the cast off garments. The film has earlier been screened at Sydney and Raindance film festivals, among others.

In the long film category, the Public Liberty and Human Rights Award went to the multiple award-winning documentary, Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain. The film has won the Best Film award in Muhr Asia-Africa documentary section at Dubai International
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Abhay Kumar’s “Placebo” selected for Idfa 2014

Abhay Kumar’s “Placebo” selected for Idfa 2014
Abhay Kumar’s documentary, Placebo, will have its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa). The film will compete in Idfa First Appearance competition.

The hybrid documentary is about a filmmaker going undercover in one of the toughest grad schools in India to pull off an outrageous social experiment.

DearCinema had earlier reported that Helsinki-Filmi had come on board Placebo as a minority co-producer. The Finnish Film Foundation financed the sound-post of the documentary. The filmmaker had earlier raised funds for the project through crowdfunding in 2013.

Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang and Nilita Vachani’s Eyes of Stone will also be screened at the festival in “The Female Gaze” section, a themed program on the role of women in documentary. The festival invited fifteen leading international female directors, including Nishtha Jain from India, to put together a program of old and new documentaries by themselves and other female directors.
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Nishtha Jain on Zurich Jury

Indian documentary filmmaker Nishtha Jain is part of the International documentary competition jury at the 10th Zurich Film Festival that runs from September 25- October 5, 2014.

The Jury will be headed by American documentary filmmaker Steve James, and comprises English documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield and American photographer Greg Gorman besides Jain.

From her critically acclaimed City of Photos (2004) to her recent multi-award winning Gulabi Gang (2012), Nishtha Jain has been telling stories which explore complexities of social hierarchies and the middle-classes’ sense of entitlement and privilege. She has won numerous international awards for her films, which together have been screened in over 250 international film festivals. Jain is an alumna of the Jamia Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi and the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She currently lives and works in Mumbai.

Zurich Film Festival will also showcase a package of 12 Indian features and six shorts under its “New World View” section.
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Zurich Film Festival to showcase 12 Indian features and 6 shorts

Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court

Zurich Film Festival will showcase a package of 12 Indian features and six shorts under “New World View” section in its 10th edition that runs from September 25- October 5, 2014. The package includes latest Indian films like Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice “Lion of the future” winner Court and recent festival favourites like Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus and Kanu Behl’s Titli.

Apart from features, a package of shorts curated by Swiss short film festival Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur will be on display as well. The package has six shorts made by: Anurag Goswami , Varun Chawla , Hossein Mozdgir Roozane , Rodd Rathjen , Payal Kapadia and Gitanjali Rao.

Here is the complete list of feature films to be screened at the festival:-

Court by Chaitanya Tamhane

Fandry by Nagraj Manjule

Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain

I.D by Kamal K.M.

Katiyabaaz by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa

Liar’s Dice
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Zurich unveils 2014 line-up

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Zurich unveils 2014 line-up
International and documentary competitions include The Skeleton Twins, ‘71 and The Look of Silence. A total of 17 world premieres secured for the festival, which has received a budget boost.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.

Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.

“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.

“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”

As previously announced, Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get On Up will open the festival on Sept 25. The closing film has yet to be revealed.

International competition

The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the
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India’s Phantom charges up Powerless

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Indian producer-distributor Phantom Films has picked up local award-winning documentary Powerless (Katiyabaaz) and will release the film this weekend on 30 screens.

Directed by Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa, the film explores issues such as power supply and bureaucracy through the story of a charismatic electricity thief who supplies his neighbours with illegal power lines. Over the course of a sweltering summer, he takes on local officials including the first female managing director of the Kanpur Electricity Supply Company.

After premiering at the Berlin film festival in 2013, the film travelled to more than 50 festivals and won an Indian National Award for best investigative film. It also won the top award in the India Gold competition at the Mumbai Film Festival last October.

Powerless opens on August 22 on 30 screens across India’s major cities. Several Indian documentaries have recently managed to secure a theatrical release, including The World Before Her, Gulabi Gang, Supermen Of Malegoan
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“Liar’s Dice” named Best Film at New York Indian Film Festival

“Liar’s Dice” named Best Film at New York Indian Film Festival
Liar’s Dice by Geethu Mohandas won the Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival 2014. The films nominated were: Astu, Fandry, Goynar Baksho and Ugly.

Nagraj Manjule won the Best Director for Fandry. In this category, the nominations were Anurag Kashyap (Ugly), Aparna Sen (Goynar Baksho), Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Sniffer) and Gajendra Ahire (Postcard).

Naseeruddin Shah won the Best Actor for The Coffin Maker while the award for Best Actress went to Geetanjali Thapa for Liar’s Dice.

Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang won the Best Documentary. The award for Best Short went to Blouse by Vijayeta Kumar.

The 14th New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) was held from May 5-10, 2014.
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Nyiff Annouces Award Nominees!

The nominations for 14th New York Indian Film Festival Awards have been announced! The festival is widely recognized as the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States, showcasing some of the greatest talents working in the diaspora. Nyiff boasts five days of premiere screenings of feature, documentary & short films, industry panels, special events, retrospectives, red carpet galas,and an award ceremony to round out the festival. Celebrating its 14th year, Nyiff will run May 5 to 10 at a variety of prestigious New York City venues, including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to take place. Nyiff is dedicated to showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of Independent, art house, alternate and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent. Their mission is to encourage filmmakers to tell their stories, to educate North America about them and their talent and
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New York Indian Film Festival unveils nominations

New York Indian Film Festival unveils nominations
A Still from Liar’s Dice

The 14th New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced nominations today in various categories of awards. The festival will be held from May 5 to 10 and will screen 23 narrative features and 11 documentaries.

In the Best Feature Film category; Astu, Fandry, Goynar Baksho, Liar’s Dice and Ugly will vie for the award while Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Gajendra Ahire and Nagraj Manjule will compete for the Best Director award.

Full List of nominations:

Best Short

Bar Stools Blouse The Corner Table Give Into the Night Nightlife

Best Documentary

An American in Madras Gulabi Gang Rangbhoomi The Auction House The Unseen Sequence

Best Screenplay

Apur Panchali As The River Flows Shesher Kobita Virgin Talkies Zinda Bhaag

Best Actor

Mohan Agashe, Astu Naseeruddin Shah, The Coffin Maker Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Liar’s Dice Rahul Bhat, Ugly Roshan Seth, Brahmin Bulls

Best Actress

Anjali Patil, With You,
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Nyiff Films big winners at India’s National Film Awards

The National Film Awards is one of the most prominent film award ceremonies in India. Declared for films produced in the previous year across the country, they hold the distinction of awarding merit to the best of Indian cinema overall, as well as presenting awards for the best films in each region and language of the country. Due to the national scale of the National Film Awards, it is considered the Indian equivalent of the American Academy Awards.

Nyiff 2014 selections won numerous awards in the 61st National Film Awards announced on Wednesday, April 16.

Fandry (best debut film of a director and best child artist),

Liar’S Dice (best actress and best cinematography),

Astu (best supporting actress and best dialogues)

Rangbhoomi (best non feature film),

The Coffin Maker (best English language film)

Gulabi Gang (best film on social issues).

Nyiff 2013 selection, Shahid, won top awards with best actor award for actor
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Sohum Shah’s Ship of Theseus & Gulaab Gang bag National Awards

Actor and producer Sohum Shah gets extremely emotional with two wins at the National Award ceremony.

No doubt the actor-producer is extremely happy about Ship of Theseus and the documentary, Gulabi Gang getting their due, but there is one thing that Sohum Shah extremely misses right now. His father passed away a week back and he wishes he could have known about Sohum Shah’s triumph.

Both Ship of Theseus and Gulabi Gang received immense appreciation and acclaim from all quarters. However, getting a recognition of this kind by bagging the National Awards is of utmost importance to Sohum Shah.

Sohum Shah says, “I am extremely happy that both Ship of Theseus and Gulabi Gang bagged the National Awards. The only sad part is that my father who wanted us to win this award passed away a week back. I wish he was with us to see it.”

Sohum Shah
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Anand Gandhi feels validated as Ship Of Theseus & Gulabi Gang wins National Award : Trade News

Anand Gandhi’s Ship Of Theseus (Sot) may have won myriad accolades at various coveted film festivals but its biggest honour has come in the form of a National Award! Yes, the much raved about film has bagged Golden Lotus for Best Feature Film at the 61st National Awards announced recently. Not only this, the documentary feature film Gulabi Gang, which was distributed by Anand & his team in India, has also been conferred with the prestigious award! Read More...
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'Jolly Llb', 'Gulabi Gang' named for National Award (Lead, superseding earlier story)

'Jolly Llb', 'Gulabi Gang' named for National Award (Lead, superseding earlier story)
New Delhi, April 16: Bollywood film "Jolly Llb" was Wednesday named the best Hindi film, while director Nishtha Jain's "Gulabi Gang" was adjudged the best film on social issues for the 61st National Film Awards here.

"Gulabi Gang" is recognised for its powerful depiction of a crusader taking viewers deeper into the continuing struggles of the rural Indian women.

Ians
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Independent films sweep 61st National Awards

Independent films sweep 61st National Awards
Independent films swept the 61st National Film awards in all the major categories. Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus was named the Best Feature Film.

The award for Best Director went to Hansal Mehta for Shahid. Shahid also won Rajkummar Rao the award for Best Actor which he shares with Suraj Venjaramoodu for Malayalam-film Perariyathavar.

The National Award for Best Actress went to Geetanjali Thapa for Liar’s Dice. The film also won the Best Cinematography award for Rajeev Ravi.

Fandry won the award for Best Debut Film of a Director. The award for Best Child Actor went to Somnath Avghade for Fandry which he shares with Sadhana for Tamil film Thanga Meengal.

The National award for Best Production Design went to Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi and Parichit Paralkar for Miss Lovely. The film also won the Special Jury award.

Best Children’s Film went to Batul Mukhtiyar’s Kaphal.
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New York Indian Film Festival unveils full line-up

New York Indian Film Festival unveils full line-up
A still from Sulemani Keeda

The 14th New York Indian Film Festival, to take place from 5-10 May, has unveiled its full line-up of films which comprises of a mix of 23 narrative features and 11 documentaries.

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly is set to open the festival while Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice will be the centerpiece film. The festival will also present a retrospective of Gurinder Chaddha’s documentaries and will close with Aparna Sen’s Goynar Baksho.

Karan Bali’s 80 minute documentary, An American in Madras, based on American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s travails in the Tamil film industry will get a screening alongside the recently released Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain.

Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry, Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar’s Astu and Gajendra Ahire’s Postcard are the three Marathi features which will screen at the festival. Assamese feature As The River Flows (Ekhon Nodir Xipare), by Bidyut Kotoky,
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Check out the full lineup to be showcased at the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 14th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and Diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 5 – 10) at the SoHo Tiffin Junction. Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 34 screenings (23 narrative, 11 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions – Marathi, Bengali and two films from the Northeast. In addition the festival covers cinemas from the neighboring South Asian countries – four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka – a feature and a documentary, and one from Nepal.

The festival’s Marathi films include Postcard and multiple-award winning films Astu and Fandry. Directed by Nagraj Manjule, Fandry received rave reviews in India, winning the grand jury prize at the Mumbai Film Festival in October
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Project of the Day: 'The Pink Sorrys'

Project of the Day: 'The Pink Sorrys'
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The Pink Sorrys" Tweetable Logline: The Pink Sorrys is an acid-punk Bollywood musical about a group of women taking vigilante justice against rapists in India. Elevator Pitch: The Pink Sorrys is an acid-punk Bollywood musical about a group of women taking vigilante justice against rapists in India. It's a highly-stylized, Very loose interpretation of the real-life Gulabi Gang. It's got blood and guts and dancing and a killer Ramones-esque soundtrack by La darlings The Tulips. Production Team: Writers and Directors - Anam Syed & Ben Stoddard Producer - Julie Bersani Dp - Gabby Paciorek Dance Choreography - Yogen Bhagat Fight Choreography - Peter Berube Editor - Ben StoddardAbout the
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I'm loving the hate: Juhi Chawla (Movie Snippets)

I'm loving the hate: Juhi Chawla (Movie Snippets)
Mumbai, March 8: Juhi Chawla is revelling in the reviews of her latest release "Gulaab Gang", in which she has played a negative role for the first time.

"I am loving the hate. For the first time, I'm actually glad you could hate me," Juhi posted on her Twitter page, along with the links of reviews where she has been lauded for playing a villain in the women-oriented movie.

"Thank you very very much...Am amazed and grateful for the overwhelming response to the movie 'Gulaab Gang'. Thank you All," she had posted earlier.

"Gulaab Gang" is reportedly based on the life of activist Sampat Pal, who formed the Gulabi Gang, a group of pink sari clad women vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh.

The movie, which even stars Madhuri.
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Glad that trouble over for 'Gulaab Gang': Juhi Chawla

Glad that trouble over for 'Gulaab Gang': Juhi Chawla
Mumbai, March 7: Actress Juhi Chawla is glad that her film "Gulaab Gang" has overcome its legal hassles and has finally hit theatres Friday.

The Delhi High Court Thursday cleared the release of the Hindi movie, reportedly based on the life of activist Sampat Pal, who formed the Gulabi Gang, a group of pink sari clad women vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh.

"I am happy and excited. There was so much build-up and we were looking forward to the film. But yesterday (Wednesday) there was a hiccup and we felt the film would not release," the 46-year-old said here Thursday at a special screening of the film.

"But I am so glad.
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