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Two Films with
Filmmaker, Writer and Activist


Saturday, February 22nd, 2 - 5PM


Set in the post-Godhra violence which was unleashed in Gujarat during February 2002, this film examines the extent to which the fascist ideologies of the communal forces have infiltrated into the sub-conscious of an ordinary Gujarati Hindu.

2003 / documentary / 50 min / English subtitles (Start 2:00 PM)


Two children, Gita and Radha, are stranded in the no manís land between two worlds that dominate contemporary childhood: school and home. This in-between land is one of myriad dreams, fears, and fantasies all yearning to take the shape of a free fluid space where children can summon whichever spirit they like. The two young friends are on their way back from the school as they recount their dreams in this subliminal space available only to childhood.

Saree was selected for the 1999 Berlin Festival, and in 2000 it was the inaugural film at the Soorya Festival in Trivandrum, Kerala (India), and the Mambai International Film Festival in Mumbai, India.

1999 / drama / 73 min / English subtitles (Start 3:30 PM)

Q&A with Suma Josson to follow each film.

Suma Josson, was born in Kerala and graduated in English Lit. from the College of St.Teresa, Minnesota, USA. She began her career as a journalist and switched over to the visual media. She has made a number of documentary films. Her 'Bombay's Blood Yatra' about the communal riots in Bombay won wide acclaim in the country and abroad. Her other documentaries include '47 Seconds & After: Latur, Osmanabad', 'Akbar Padamsee & the Last Image' , 'Waste' (on Gerd Rohling, a German installation artist and ragpicker) and 'One More Day to Live' (on V P Singh, as a painter)

She is also a well known poet and fiction writer and has published in various indian and international magazines. She has published three books 'Poems and Plays', 'A Harvest of Light' (a collection of plays), and 'Circumferences' (a novel, Penguin).

Her debut film was 'Janmadhinam' which won three state awards, and was screened at various international film festvals including the 1999 Berlin Festival. She was one of the five women filmmakers commissioned to make a documentary 'Trading Images' on the subject 'women's space' in a German international coproduction. 'Saree' is her second feature film.

Saturday, February 22

Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890

Donation: $10 (No one turned away for lack of funds)
(Net proceeds benefit filmmaker honorarium)

Doors open 1:45 PM. Show starts 2PM SHARP.
Arrive early, Limited Seating, No Advance tickets.

Samosa/Tea available during intermission.

Organized by

Coalition Against Communalism


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