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Documentaries from the 7th KaraFilm Festival

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7 Islands and a Metro 7 Islands and a Metro
INDIA / 2006 / 100 MIN / ENGLISH-HINDI-URDU-MARATHI

Cast: Harish Khanna, Vibha Chibbar
Cinematography: Avijit Mukul Kishore
Editing: Reena Mohan, Shyamal Karmakar
Sound: Gissy Michael, Boby John
Music: Arjun Sen
Art Direction: Tushar Joag
Script: Madhusree Dutta
Producer: Flavia Agnes
Directed by: Madhusree Dutta

SYNOPSIS
There is a Bombay of multiple languages, of intolerance, of closed mills, of popular culture, sprawling slums and real estate onslaughts, and of numerous ghettos. This film tells the tale of the cities of Bom Bahia / Bombay / Mumbai through a tapestry of fiction, cinema verité, art objects, found footage, sound installation, and literary texts. It chronicles the journey of an insignificant settlement and its evolution into the coveted metropolis of today. This film has been on commercial release in theatres in Calcutta and Bombay, and is a pioneering moment in the history of non-fiction film in India.

THE FILMMAKER
Madhusree Dutta attended the National School of Drama in New Delhi. The challenges and possibilities of non-fiction film inspired her to work in the medium. Her films focus on gender identity and marginalisation and have won several awards, screened at national and international film festivals and art events, and are also used for academic study at media and film institutions.

 
  1/4 (Quarter)
PAKISTAN / 2007 / 20 MIN / BANGLA-ENGLISH

Cinematography: Salik Ahmed Sheikh
Editing: Sarwar (Indivisuals)
Sound: Salik Ahmed Sheikh
Script: Saboor Haider
Producers: Saboor Haider, Salik A. Sheikh
Directed by: Saboor Haider

SYNOPSIS
“1/4” is the story of four Bangladeshi immigrants who live in a quarter in a middle-class neighbourhood in Karachi, and pursue individual aspirations and professions. Jaffer, Ahmad, Khalid and Haroon offer insights into their life and tell their stories of blending in, struggling, making a living, surviving, and finding a home in an alien homeland. “1/4” showcases their way of life & the mindset of the quarter’s inhabitants.

THE FILMMAKER
Saboor Haider is a designer, photographer and an emerging filmmaker by profession, and currently working as a visualizer. He was born in Pakistan and after entering the realms of maturity started taking an interest in the lives of people around him. He did his bachelors in communication design from the Visual Studies Art School in Karachi University.

 
A Light Among Shadows A Light Among Shadows
NEW ZEALAND / 2007 / 65 MIN / ENGLISH
Narration: Michael Heath
Cinematography: Stephen Latty
Editing: Arunabha Mukherjee
Sound: Shahnawaz Alam
Music: Aaddir Behram, M. Prashant
Script: Michael Heath
Producers: Bhim Singh, Krishna Chouhan
Directed by: Michael Heath

SYNOPSIS
“A Light Among Shadows” captures the landscape of New Zealand that inspired Edith Collier in the last years of her life. The film offers a rare glimpse into her early studies of the human body, providing insight into her famous works. These include the luminous landscapes of Bonmahon in Southern Ireland, the post-impressionistic fisherwomen of St Ives, Cornwall, and her great spiritual works on the Maori women and the seascapes of Kawhia.

THE FILMMAKER
Michael Heath was born in Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand and worked as a journalist in his early years. Joining Pacific Films, he wrote and starred in a series of award-winning documentaries for television, including “Lost In The Garden Of The World,” about the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. In London, in the ‘70s, Heath began writing stage plays, which have been performed all over the world. In the ‘80s he returned to New Zealand and wrote the screenplays for “The Scarecrow” (director’s fortnight Cannes), and two horror fantasy films, “Death Warmed Up”, and “Next Of Kin” (both Grand Prix at Sitges and Paris Festivals). His first digital experimental drama “A Small Life” won 8 Awards at the 2nd KaraFilm Festival as well as the Grand Prix at Seoul Net in South Korea and the Avanca Digital Festival in Portugal.

 
A Music Fairy A Music Fairy: A Tribute to Nazia Hassan
PAKISTAN / 2007 / 44 MIN / URDU

Narration: Arif Zubai
Editing: Ahmad Haseeb
Script: Ahmad Haseeb, Khalid Ahmad Siddique
Produced and Directed by: Ahmad Haseeb

SYNOPSIS
About thirty three years ago, viewers of Sohail Rana’s television programme “Kaliyon Ki Mala” watched a twelve-year-old girl singing fabulously. The girl was Nazia Hassan, who later made history with “Aap Jaisa Koi”, and then went on to release four albums. Nazia Hassan left the music world too soon, passing away on August 13, 2000.

THE FILMMAKER
Ahmad Haseeb works for Waqt TV as an associate producer. He received his masters in multimedia arts from NCA in 2006. His documentary on Nazia Hassan has been highly praised by Indian director Vasan Nath. Haseeb subsequently directed Junoon’s music video “Roh ki Pyass.”

 
Adventures in Hingol Adventures in Hingol
PAKISTAN / 2007 / 60 MIN / URDU-ENGLISH

Narration: Dr Mansur Ahmad
Cinematography
and Editing: Mahera Omar
Script: Dr. Mansur Ahmed, Taimur Mirza
Produced and Directed by: Mahera Omar

SYNOPSIS
The 4X4 Offroaders Club Karachi is a group of avid 4-wheeler enthusiasts who have a passion for the rugged outdoors. Their travels have taken them all over the diverse landscapes of Pakistan, from the sea and arid deserts to some of the highest mountains in the world.
“Adventures in Hingol” is about the 4X4 Offroaders Club Karachi’s trip to Hingol National Park in Baluchistan. Situated along the Makran Coast, and occupying an area of about 1,650 square kilometers, Hingol is the largest National Park in the country.

THE FILMMAKER
Mahera Omar graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts in biology. She has produced and directed a weekly show on animals for Geo Television, and is the co-founder of the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Her documentary for Geo TV, ‘Sea-Turtles’ was nominated for the Humane Society of the United States 22nd Genesis Award in the Brigitte Bardot International category for “its excellent depiction of the perils facing the endangered sea turtles of Pakistan and the efforts being made to save them.”

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Askini Ver Bana Askini Ver Bana [Give Me Your Love]
TURKEY / 2007 / 29 MIN / TURKISH

Cinematography: Nameera Ahmed
Editing and Sound: Nameera Ahmed
Script: Nameera Ahmed
Produced and Directed by: Nameera Ahmed

SYNOPSIS
“Askini Ver Bana” is a short documentary exploring the role of music in the lives of the Moulavi Sufis (whirling dervishes). The Moulavis are followers of the 13th century poet-mystic Moulana Rumi, who spoke of the making and playing of the reed-flute, and the ‘ney’ as a metaphor for the training and subsequent transformation of the human spirit. The metaphor still holds power for the Sufis; today, the film captures their seemingly timeless world within a contemporary context.

THE FILMMAKER
Nameera Ahmed was born in Karachi, Pakistan. After completing her B.A. in graphic design from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, she worked as a designer in Istanbul, and then finally moved back to Karachi. She continued to work in international design and at digital-design houses, doing graphic design work and illustrations. She returned to Turkey and obtained her master’s degree in visual arts and visual communication design at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, with a focus on documentary filmmaking. She is also a reviewer for Leonardo Reviews.

 
Ayodhya Gatha Ayodhya Gatha
INDIA / 2007 / 6O MIN / ENGLISH-HINDI

Cinematography: Yasir Abbasi, Yousuf Saeed, Surajit Sarkar
Editing: Vani Subramanian, Atul Gupta
Sound: Asheesh Pandya
Script: Vani Subramanian
Producers: Rajiv Mehrotra, Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Directed by: Vani Subramanian

SYNOPSIS
Once just a sleepy pilgrim town, Ayodhya has now become a site of conflict, a symbol of communal aspirations and divide. Events in the town have affected the fate of the nation for more than two decades. But how have these events of national importance affected day-to-day life in Ayodhya? Today the streets of this small town seem to have lost touch with the feet of its residents. Blocked and barricaded, our only access to them is through memory, the telling of stories, the hearing of tales, and the ‘gatha’ of her people.

THE FILMMAKER
Vani Subramanian, a former advertising copywriter, has been a documentary filmmaker since the mid-nineties. Her films have focused on a range of issues from agricultural economy to dance, urban development to primary school education. They have been recognised and screened at national and international festivals and telecast on national television networks. Some of her prominent works include “Meal Ready”, about questions of food and the business of rice, and “Padhoge Likhoge Hoge Nawab”, a film of dialogues with children.

 
Bakmak Bakmak Gormek [To Look To See]
TURKEY / 2007 / 10 MIN / TURKISH

Cinematography: Eray Mert
Editing: Alper Ozlu
Script: Eray Mert
Producer: Erding Bagci
Directed by: Eray Mert

SYNOPSIS
To see is not only to look…

THE FILMMAKER
Eray Mert was born in Ankara. He is in his fourth year at Ankara University.

 
Bindiya Chamke Gi Bindiya Chamke gi [bindiya will shine]
PAKISTAN-USA / 2007 / 28 MIN / URDU

Cinematography: Ragni M. Kidvai, Rabeya Sarkar Rima
Editing; Ragni M. Kidvai
Script: Ragni M. Kidvai, Bindiya Rana
Produced and Directed by: Ragni M. Kidvai

SYNOPSIS
“Bindiya Chamke Gi” is a short documentary-narrative focused on the life of Bindiya Rana, an outspoken member of the Khwaja Sira (or hijra) community in Karachi. The film traces a day in her life and portrays the legal, social and cultural challenges that her community faces in present day Pakistan. “Bindiya Chamkay Gi” is the filmmaker’s first complete film, and is part of her academic thesis project.

THE FILMMAKER
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Ragni Marea Kidvai has been politically active from an early age. After completing her O & A-Levels from Karachi Grammar School, she went to Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) to study political philosophy with a focus on gender and sexuality as well as video production. She is currently studying photography and making documentaries in Bangladesh.

 
  Bolo na
PAKISTAN / 2007 / 21 MIN / ENGLISH

Camera: Khuban Hassan
Editing: Khuban Hassan
Directed by: Khuban Hassan

SYNOPSIS
Arooj was eighteen when she composed “Walking”, a song that gave her recognition beyond the school choir at her all girls’ school in Lahore, and earned her a full scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. This is a documentary about a young Pakistani girl who dreams of using her music to bridge gaps across nations and cultures. However, her greater challenge lies in battling stage fright and overcoming her insecurities about performing for a Pakistani audience.

THE FILMMAKER
Khuban Hassan graduated in 2004 from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), majoring in social science. He examined television’s dynamic role in Pakistan through his thesis documentary “The Democratization of Television in Pakistan.” Before entering into the MFA film production program at Boston University, he enrolled in the Digital Academy in Bombay where he did a two-month course on film criticism and editing. His first job was as a teacher at the New York Film Academy at Harvard. He is particularly passionate about documentary filmmaking, with a special interest in women’s issues: opinions on love, romance, marriage, career, society’s perception of progressive women, and, most importantly, women’s opinion of themselves.

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