San Francisco State University
Oct 20th & Oct 28th
A festival of Award Winning,
Provocative and Political Documentaries by one of South Asia's
most celebrated and controversial filmmakers. A prolific and award-winning
independent filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan has been making
political documentaries for nearly three decades pursuing diverse
and controversial issues that are at the crux of social and political
life in India. These issues range from the relationship between
communalism and masculinity to environmental degradation to violence
affecting marginalized communities.
All films followed
by a discussion with the filmmaker.
(Jang aur Aman)
A Work in Progress
Filmed over three tumultuous years in India, Pakistan,
Japan and the USA - beginning with nuclear tests in the
sub-continent in 1998 and culminating in the 2001 attack
on America, WAR & PEACE / JANG AUR AMAN is an epic documentary
journey of peace activism in the face of global militarism
and war. more
(2001, 180 minutes, color)
anti-nuke music video incorporating the music of Kishore
(1998, 5 minutes, color)
in the Sea of Greed
Documents the response of fishing communities
in India and Bangladesh to the "rape and run" industrial-scale
fishing that has begun to dominate their livelihood and decimate
their environment. more
(1998, 45 minutes, color)
Follows workers' strikes, demonstrations,
and clashes with police in Bombay as textile mills are closed
by owners with an eye on real estate.
(1996, 20 minutes, color)
Film co-directed with Simantini Dhuru
on the Narmada Bachao Andolan's (Save Narmada Movement),
battle against the giant Sardar Sarovar Dam that will displace
200,000 people in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
(1995, 50 minutes, color)
Son and Holy War
On the relation between religion, violence
and male identity. Does the root of India's recent bloodshed
- perhaps all bloodshed - lie in male insecurity, itself
an inevitable product of the very construction of "manhood?"
(1994, 120 minutes, color)
are not your Monkeys
A Dalit critique of the Ramayana epic.
(1993, 5 minutes, color)
the Name of God
On the rise of Hindu fundamentalism
as reflected in the temple/mosque conflict in Ayodhya which
led to nation wide carnage. more
(1992, 90 minutes, color)
Memory of Friends
On the efforts of a group of Sikhs and
Hindus to rebuild communal harmony in strife-hit Punjab.
(1990, 60 minutes, color)
On the daily battle for survival of Bombay's
slum dwellers. more
(1985, 82 minutes, color)
films are in English or subtitled in English.
Each film to be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.