Renowned controversial documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan will be screening
3 award-winning documentaries on 7th & 8th August, at La Makaan. Each of the screenings will be followed by an open discussion with the film maker.
Mitron De Yaad Mein documents the violence and terror in Punjab, a land torn apart by religious fundamentalists and a repressive government. After examining the political turmoil of the late 1970s, and the rise of Sikh fundamentalism, the film concentrates on the legacy of Bhagat Singh who has now become a legendary figure. Today, the state eulogizes BHagat Singh as a nationalist while Sikh separatists portray him as a Sikh militant.
However, Singh was neither. Just prior to his death, he wrote a book entitled "Why I Am An Atheist". A band of brave Sikhs and Hindus carry Bhagat Singh's secular legacy from village to village.
In the religiously-charged countryside there, ideas of internationalism now carry a price. Mitron De Yaad Mein is a look at identity politics in India today.
Anand Patwardhan is an Indian documentary filmmaker, known for his activism through social action documentaries on topics such as corruption, slums dwellers, nuclear arms race, citizen activism and communalism. Some of his films include Ram Ke Naam (In the Name of God) (1992), Pitr, Putr Aur Dharmayuddha (Father, Son and Holy War) (1995) and Jang Aur Aman (War and Peace) (2002), which have won national and international awards.
Patwardhan was born in 1950, in Mumbai, and completed a BA in English Literature at the Bombay University in 1970, a BA in Sociology at Brandeis University in 1972, and an MA in Communication Studies at McGill University in 1982. Many of his films faced censorship by the Indian authorities, but were finally cleared after legal action. His film 'Bombay Our City' was shown on TV after a 4-year court case, while 'Father Son and the Holy War' (1995) was released after a prolonged court battle which lasted 8 years.
The event is free and open for all. Please contact the venue at 98490-26029 for further details.