LOCATION FILM LIST AND SYNOPSES 2015
Palchinn Paraaye (11 min) by Amit Jain and Daksh Punj
What is the meaning of time in a place where it stands still? A place where everything and nothing converge. A place where one steals moments from another’s life and makes them one’s own. A story of longing. Of uninvited guests. Of un-parted spirits. Of un-owned moments.
Thread of Bon (11min) by Amrita Patil and Manur Raj Katyal
The film is about a woman who works as a seamstress at the local Tibetan flags workshop and lives with her mother and two children in a small town in Himachal Pradesh. The town is an amalgamation of Indian and refugee Tibetan populations. The seamstress, Shreshtha, is a village woman, devout and assertive. She wakes up each morning at six, cooks and cleans while her mother is working away at the fields. At nine she leaves promptly for work where she works with five other Himachali women sewing flags and stacking them for rituals and selling them to tourists who visit her quaint little town. But the significance of flags in her life is a little more than a means of livelihood.
Fragments of Our Memory (10 min) by Nundrisha Wakhloo and Ajinkya Kulthe
An abandoned house that the filmmaker encounters in Bir , becomes a tangible-physical metaphor through which they connect to some of their own memories. This inter-play of memories recreates another memory which becomes a story.
Camera Obscura (12 min) by Shubham Bhattacharya and Michael Riley
Filmmakers explore the presence of the camera in a dhaba, which is located at the center of the town of Bir. This dhaba is a space where the diaspora of the town and people from all social classes combine and dissolve their differences through food, entertainment, conversations and community assemblage. This film is an attempt to capture the impressions left by the people and the space when the camera becomes the eye.
Tibetan Children’s Village (11 min) by Sudha Mehta and Lakshay Bhuttani
The film explores the idea of home, identity, culture through the daily activities of the Tibetan Children’s Village in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. The children of this residential school and the larger community that lives on the sprawling complex hold the Tibetan and the Indian identities close but lightly.