Cinema Day @ Forplay Society
Area Bois (17mins)
A film by Mahishaa
Spend a day with our Area Bois all the way from Mathikere while they lounge around their area conversing about their life.
Ladies Only (79mins)
A film by Rebana Liz John
“What makes you angry?” asks the filmmaker. A small film crew enters the ladies compartments of the local trains in Mumbai. Chance encounters and acquaintances are invited to reveal their opinions, their confessions and their stories in a ‘public’ space. Their diverse answers thread themselves into an unfolding tapestry of details and observations. The light on the faces, the figures in the background, the driving noises of the train and the interaction of the travelers bring the space alive. Black and white images distill the essence of the space but keep us focused on the essentials: the women's narrative. A poetic rhythm takes us across Mumbai and it's mix of cultures, languages and faces, providing insight into how urban Indian women see and shape their lives. A feminist lens, explores what ambitions and freedoms mean for women in a hyper-industrial, wealth-driven and complex world.
A film by Anas Rashad
A traditional family discovers the joy of having their daughter-in-law convert to their faith. However, after meeting their son, the excitement is short-lived. Kolachathi is a very short light film about religious tolerance, but also intolerance, and some rebellious approaches to it.
A film by Vishnu Karunakaran
Karkidakam is the monsoon month in the Malayalam lunar calendar. When the Karkidakam is full, the people who live on wage labor and field work will face severe hunger and poverty. 'Karkidakavaru' refers to the very few sunny days during the dark rainy days of the month of Karkidakam. Karkidakavaru is the very small season when you can dry wet clothes, food and firewood and go out and do some work, the film tries to capture a day in the karkidakavaru. Beginning with a couplet of folk songs, the film deals with the day - to - day life of children, the inextricable link between different cultures and the meanings inherent in it, as well as the lives of refugees, caste based discrimination in India, war, borders, marginalized peoples and their economic and social insecurities, and neglected gender minorities. This social imbalance and a preconceived notion of equality of justice creates a
Echo of Nothin (10mins)
A film by Anas Rashad
Echo of nothing is a merry-go-round. The numerous figures and creatures you will see adorning itsrevolving frame are the result of a curious, collective process of creation. Each of the figures was built by children in a neighbourhood near you. The material they worked their imaginations on, the strangely hued metallic objects you will see, were collected from neighbourhoods in northeast Delhi, affected by collective violence in early 2020, a little before we heard of the Coronavirus. These were the objects that survived. The objects survived not just the fires, but in the aftermath, they also managed to avoid being archived,
movement in children's memories. Folk songs and languages that symbolize different cultures become an attempt to recapture the lost past of the monsoon rains. Events and travels are portrayed in a subtle way which is dreamlike in a narrative style that combines landscape, different cultures, lifestyles and history.The world of 'Karkidakavaru' is a combination of human-nature interactions, cognitive activities, movement, history, nature, everyday events, and eternal experience. Karkidakuvaru and it's landscape creates a thirst for a change or a personal or tabulated inclination for another world.
for instance, as evidence in police investigations, or for insurance claims. Nor were these objects considered as a Memento Mori, something the holder might be reluctant to part with, although a melancholic attachment hovering like an aura over some objects was very much palpable. Finally, these objects were not given away as just junk, scrap, like certain other burnt objects that indeed found their way to dumpsites, some deemed not worthy even for scrap value. For reasons we don't fully understand, these objects-an assortments of intimate household artefacts-survived, after a fire, an elaborate classificatory mechanism that would then assign to them their destiny. The collected objects were then taken to a workshop based in an area within this neighbourhood known for its electrical and electronic scrap processing operations. Work on the central frame began first. Once the frame was complete and the bare-bones merry-go-round stepped out of the workshop and into the sunlight for the first time, it was met with excitement by children playing marbles and various other games on the street outside. Without needing invitation or direction, they found a way to mount, perch, and swivel around, even when the structure lacked seats and designated handholds. The same day, we turned the welding workshop into a play-workshop, where we invited the kids inside and let them form figures using for parts, our collection of objects-utensils, tweezers, bicycle parts and many more, objects that they were familiar with.
Dictionary Mohan (28mins)
A film by MK Abhilash
Mohan writes dictionaries. He needs only a week to learn a new language. One afternoon, he develops a bad stomach ache. He consults a doctor.