Mon, October 1, 2007 • 7:00 PM • ACE 2.302
In commemoration of Gandhi's birthday, the South Asia Institute presents two films by Sanjay Kak that address the failures and successes of Gandhian nonviolence in South Asia.Sanjay Kak is an independent documentary film-maker whose recent film Words on Water (2003) on the anti-dam movement in the Narmada Valley in Central India has been widely screened in India and abroad, including at film festivals in Durban, Hong Kong, Locarno and Turin. In 2003 the film won Best Long Film prize at the Internacional Festival of Environmental Film and Video, Brazil, and prizes at Envirofilm, Slovakia; Vatavaran Environmental Film Festival, New Delhi; and International Video Festival, Trivandrum. His film In the forest hangs a bridge (1999) received the “Golden Lotus” for Best Documentary Film at the 1999 National Film Awards in India. The film also won the “Asian Gaze” Award at the Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea. His recent work includes One Weapon (1997), a video about democracy in the 50th year of Indian independence, and Harvest of Rain (1995), made in association with the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. His films on the theme of migration, looking at people of Indian origin in the fringes of the city of London This Land, My Land, Eng-Land! (1993) and in post-apartheid South Africa A House and a Home (1993) have been widely screened. He has also produced and directed Cambodia: Angkor Remembered (1990), a reflection on the monument and its place in Khmer society. Born in Pune in 1958, Sanjay Kak attended St Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Delhi School of Economics where he read Economics and Sociology. Sanjay Kak lives in New Delhi where he has been active in the Campaign Against Censorship in India, and works closely with the Delhi Film Archive.
"Words on Water" looks at the more than 20 year history of non-violent struggle of displaced farmers and tribals in the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement). The filmmaker will be present to answer questions after the film.