Tue, April 10, 2007 • 7:30 PM • ACES 2.302, AVAYA Auditorium
The opening night screening for the South Asia Institute film exhibit on Documentary Film and Women's Movements in India and Pakistan.The filmmaker describes "Seven Islands and a Metro" as: "The multilingual Bombay, the Bombay of closed mills, of popular culture,sprawling slums and real estate onslaughts, the metropolis of numerous ghettos, the El Dorado. A tale of the city through a tapestry of fiction, cinema vérité, art objects, found footage, sound installation and literary texts.
The narrative is structured around imaginary debates between Ismat Chugtai and Sadat Hasan Manto over the art of chronicling these multi-layered overlapping cities. Shot mainly during the monsoon the film portrays some extremely beautiful yet ruthlessly violent features of Bombay which, generally, are not part of the popular narratives."