Monday, June 8, 2020

Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 3 : A Place to Live

Marupakkam Online Film Screening # 3

Date: 13 -17 June (Sat - Wed)
Time : 12 am to 12 am
Window: 96 hours 

Film : A Place to Live
Dir: Sanjiv Shah; 92 min; English; 2019; Documentary 

Migration due to lack of opportunities, natural calamities, civil strife and forced displacement due to ‘development’ projects have made India a country with one of the largest homeless populations amongst all countries of the world. In spite of official estimates of 20 million in people in urban India alone not having a home, and constitutional affirmation of the right to live for all, there is no legal provision for assuring that.

The film is structured around conversations with people: their idea of a home, their struggles to find for themselves a place to live - those forced to the margins of society, as well as those within the system but unable to find/afford it. 

Presented within the larger context of the current economic and development the film argues for a multiplicity of approaches; diversity of imaginations of our villages, towns and cities; acknowledgement of the fundamental rights of people to shelter and food and a model of development that is rooted in the ecology of the land.

About Sanjiv Shah :

Studied a bit of Architecture in the mid 1970’s. Worked briefly with an organization engaged in social housing and issues related to housing rights in Kolkata.

Studied editing/filmmaking at FTII, Pune between 1977 and 1981, and has been an intermittent filmmaker working on diverse fiction and non-fiction films for the past 4 decades.

Mainly interested in exploring forms of the medium to effectively communicate and engage with issues that are socially, culturally and politically relevant.

Brief Filmography:

Worked as associate director in a Telugu Feature film, edited the Hindi feature film MIRCH MASALA, produced, edited and directed several documentaries on issues like Housing Rights, drought in the grasslands of Kutch, struggles of organized landless labourers across India, and
ecosystems of the desert of Rajasthan and the Himalayas.

Produced, directed and edited a Gujarati film HUN, HUNSHI, HUNSHILAL in 1992. The film was an attempt to look at contemporary social and political history of India around the time of the rise globalization and growing fundamentalism, which also coincided with manifest intolerance towards
alternative voices and dissent, both from the state and civil society. It was an exploration of the cinematic form to allow a more nuanced and multi-layered look at recent history.

ON 14 June, Sunday @ 11 am via ZOOM.

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