DEVELOPMENT DISCONTENT – Film Festival in Kolkata

April 3, 2010

Film Festival organized by Silpi Sanskriti Karmi Buddhijibi Mancha, Saltlake Shakha and Media Solidarity

Dates : 3rd & 4th April 2010
Venue : Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Salt Lake


Day 1 (3rd April)

05: 00 pm to 09:00

  • CRUDE /104 min./Dir: Joe Berlinger

Crude is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. It reveals the inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case. Crude focuses on the human cost of our addiction to oil and the increasingly difficult task of holding a major corporation accountable for its past deeds.

  • THE MANY FACES of MADNESS/19min./ Dir: Amar Kanwar

The film, with its images of contemporary ecological destruction India, brings people face to face with the intensity and impact of globalization and industrialization, of commerce and greed, as it travels through images from different parts of India.

  • KILLING FIELD/ 20min./Dir: Suman Goswami

Most of the areas in Jalpaiguri and Dooars comes under reserve forest. Mech , Rava, Tharu, Dukpa, Toto, Garo and others indigenous people
living in these area. A parallel law and order maintained by the forest officials and guard , they can kill anyone in the name of wood
cutter or poacher. The story based on two encounter death of Samuel Rava and Suraj Kharia.

  • WAGAH/14min./Dir: Supriyo Sen

Every evening border crossing along the 3323 km frontier between India and Pakistan becomes the site of an extraordinary event; the orchestrated show of parade to lower the flags at the both side of the border. Through the eyes of three children who sell DVDs of the parade to the onlookers the film reveals the “patriotic” madness around the event. Question & Answer session with the filmmaker.


Day 2 (4th April)

05: 00 pm to 09:00pm

  • MAHUA MEMOIRS/80min./Dir: Vinod Raja

Saloo, the bard and Thirku, the Baiga take us on a journey through the lives of the many adivasi communities who live in the mountain tracts of forests of the eastern Ghats across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The film unravels and unfolds both their life visions and their struggles against the merciless mining that is consuming their lands and their lives.

  • SAT MINUTER NIRABATA/ 7min./Dir: Suman Goswmi

A film documents the present state of the tea gardens of North Bengal and portrays the miserable state of the labourers who are fighting for their survival.

  • A Music Video on CHERNOBYL DISASTER/3min./Director: Pramod Gupta
  • HARIPUR SAYS NO to NEUCLEAR POWER/ 24min./Dir: Pramod Gupta (Question & Answer session with the filmmaker.)
  • A VIDEO PRESENTATION on CHANGE of INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE/ 13min./Dir: Ranu Ghosh (Question & Answer session with the filmmaker.)
  • Development Discontents: Role of Media & Media Practitioners –an interactive session.

Participants: Someswar Bhowmik, Supriyo Sen, Ranu Ghosh and Partha Chattopadhayay.

  • Concluding Session: Screening of GAON CHHOROB NAHIN, a music video on people’s resistance against destructive development aggression by K.P.Sashi & Meghnath.