As part of International Women's Day, the U S Consulate Hyderabad, in association with Hyderabad Film Club, is screening "Mitsein", a film by Aparna Malladi, on 8th March at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills.
Mitsein means 'To Be With'. It was coined by the philosopher Martin Heidegger to express the state of being with others. The story of Mitsein is an exploration on what it takes to 'be with others'. The answer is that perhaps the prerequisite to being with others is to first learn to be with 'oneself'.
The protagonist of the film, Moksha, tries to escape her destiny just like her grandmother Ati did many years ago. Moksha realizes quickly that she has to choose from the choices that are presented to her, and marries Neel who comes from a foreign land.
Unable to connect with Neel, Moksha tries to connect with others around her and finds herself in the same predicament, alone and frustrated. The lives of the people around her present her with all her bleak possibilities and she feels that she has no way out.
One day, Moksha sees a painting of herself in an art gallery that reflects her miserable truth. She fervently looks for the artist of the painting to ask him to change the painting and to give her an alternate image. The artist refuses, and in the process makes her aware of her own choices. Moksha finds a way out and discovers a way to be with the first person she has to get to know - herself.
Mitsein won several awards including:
Best Art Feature at the Eugene International Film Festival, 2009 - Eugene, Oregon, USA
Finalist for the Best Screenplay at the Beloit International Film Festival, 2009 - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
Silver Palm Award winner at the Mexico International Film Festival, 2009 - Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico
Golden Reel Award at the Nevada Film Festival, 2009 - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Aparna Malladi learnt filmmaking at the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. Currently, she is in Hyderabad, preparing to direct a comedy feature, The Anushree Experiments. She is the recipient of Film Arts Foundation's 2001 Stand Grant for New Directors and The Serpent Source Grant for Women Artists. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University (Hyderabad, India) and a masters in molecular biology from The University of Tennessee (Memphis, Tennessee).
Entry is free for everyone. Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.