After the Flaherty Seminar Screening
After the Flaherty Seminar Screening
WhenSunday, June 23, 2019, 3 PM
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationFreer, Meyer Auditorium

In person: Shai Heredia, curator; Priya Sen and Kush Badhwar, filmmakers

In conjunction with the 65th Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, 2019 programmer Shai Heredia presents recent moving-image work that explores the political landscape through innovative documentary form. In Noon Day Dispensary (India, 2014, 27 min., digital file), Priya Sen reclaims the style and philosophies of cinema-verite to document – in a single take – an argument between a doctor and the residents of the Savda-Ghevra Resettlement Colony in Delhi – an interaction that raises fraught issues of class and caste. In Blood Earth (India, 2013, 36 min., digital file), Kush Badhwar travels to a Khonda tribal village in the Indian state of Odisha to explore a protest movement against a mining venture, fueled by songs.

Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator of film art. She studied at St. Xaviers College Mumbai and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2003, she founded Experimenta, the international festival for experimental cinema in India. She has curated experimental film programs at film festivals and art venues worldwide, including the Berlinale, Germany and the Tate Modern, London. Her film ‘I Am Micro’ (2012) received critical acclaim and won prestigious awards, including a National Award from the Government of India. Her latest film ‘An Old Dog’s Diary’ (2015), won the first BFI London International Film Festival Short Film award. She has been an arts grant maker with the India Foundation for the Arts, and also teaches at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Heredia lives and works in Bangalore where she runs Experimenta India.

Priya Sen works as a filmmaker and artist across film/video, sound and installation. Her work has screened at various festivals and venues including The Kitchen NYC, BFI London Film Festival, Forum Expanded Berlinale, and Experimenta: International Festival of Moving Image Art. She has worked with experimental media practice in Delhi and Bangalore. Sen’s current work has been trying to explore egalitarian and itinerant forms with film and sound. She lives and works in New Delhi.

Kush Badhwar is an interdisciplinary practitioner operating across media, art, cinematic and other social contexts. He has produced work that has contributed to communities, criticism and research. He is interested in ecology, including the life of sound and images across stretches of time and political change. Selected screening or exhibition of his work includes Five Million Incidents, Addis Video Art Festival, Sarai Reader 09, Experimenta Bangalor, Videobrasil, and Forum Expanded, Berlinale. He has also undertaken Padma’s Fellowship for Experiments with Video Archives, India Foundation

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