One of the highlights of the festival is the Catalan documentary "Janadesh", a vision of the social reality of India by Enric Álvarez and Oriol Ampuero
Up until the 23rd of June, the Casa Asia and the Filmoteca de Catalunya will be playing host to the fifth edition of ImagineIndia, a festival dedicated to the screening of the best in auteur cinema from India.
Among the films selected for this edition, we can highlight Janadesh, a Catalan-produced documentary directed by Enric Álvarez and Oriol Ampuero. The title of the film refers to the name given to the most important non-violent struggle that has taken place since the days of Ghandi. In 2007, for thirty days, 25,000 men and women from the most impoverished parts of the country walked the 350 kilometres along the road separating Gwailor and the seat of parliament in Delhi. The objective was to initiate a massive hunger strike in demand for a more equitable distribution of lands.
The documentary reflects the social reality of the Indian class struggle through the lives and actions of some of the participants in the protest march and is the last film to be shown in the Casa Asia (Thursday, 13th of June), where films such as Calcutta 71, Achal and I Am have been screened since the end of May.
The festival is completed with other titles shown in the Filmoteca de Catalunya, among which we can highlight I.D. (Kamal K.M.), a film made with virtually no resources and which tells the tale of a girl in the urban jungle of Bombay, B.A. Pass (Ajay Bahl), one of the more erotic films to come out of present day India, Anhe Ghore Da Daan (Gurvinder Singh), which deals with the social repression and workplace exploitation suffered by the more marginal sectors of Indian society, or Celluloid Man (Shivendra Singh), a tribute to P.K. Nair, the founder of the Indian National Film Archive and one of the guardians of Hindu cinema.
Publication date: Monday, 10 June 2013
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