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Interrogating Indian Democracy: "Red Ant Dream" - a film by Sanjay Kak

Mar 22, 2014, 2pm-4:45pm


Above: Scene from Sanjay Kak's film Red Ant Dream: Bhumkal rifle girl

Acclaimed independent Indian filmmaker Sanjay Kak is the featured guest of the Shan and Jaya Chandrasekar Visiting Artist/Scholar Residency program based in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

Kak presents the Toronto premiere screening of his provocative feature documentary Red Ant Dream. York film Professor Ali Kazimi will moderate an audience Q&A following the screening.


Above: Scene from Sanjay Kak's film Red Ant Dream

RED ANT DREAM
2013 (120 min) - In Gondi, Odiya, Punjabi with English subtitles

Subtitled “The Life of Revolutionary Possibility in India”, Kak’s latest documentary, Red Ant Dream, has been hailed as “a love song to people across the country fighting to save our soul” (Saroj Giri - Tehelka Magazine).

From the armed insurrection simmering in Bastar, to the struggle of the adivasis in Odisha, to the growing protests by Punjabi peasants, the film chronicles ideas that define and people who live the revolutionary ideal in India.

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About Samjay Kak

A self-taught filmmaker based in New Delhi, Sanjay Kak is actively involved in the documentary film movement and the Campaign against Censorship and Cinema of Resistance project. His productions reflect his interests in ecology, alternative approaches and resistance politics. In addition to the landmark titles Jashn-e-Azadi (2007) and Red Ant Dream (2013), his extensive filmography includes One Weapon (1997), about democracy in the 50th year of Indian independence; In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (1999), about the making of a 1000 ft. bridge of cane and bamboo in northeast India (Golden Lotus Best Documentary - National Film Awards; Asian Gaze Award - Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea) and Words on Water (2002), about popular resistance to the damming of the Narmada Valley in central India (Best Long Film - International Festival of Environmental Film & Video, Brazil). Kak also writes occasional political commentary and is the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come – The New Intifada in Kashmir (Penguin India 2011, Haymarket Books 2013).


Location:Cinecycle - coach house in the alley behind 129 Spadina Ave. Toronto
Sponsor:Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts
Web Sitehttp://film.finearts.yorku.ca/news-events/events
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