Monday, January 11, 2016

Invitation to 3rd Kolkata People's Film Festival : 22-24 January, Jogesh Mime Academy

22-24 JANUARY 2016

Dear friends,

With immense pleasure, we invite you to participate in the Third Kolkata People's Film Festival, which will be held during 22-24 January 2016, at the Jogesh Mime Academy, Kolkata. The festival runs from 11 am to 9 pm on all three days. Entry is free and open to all. We ask you to register your name and contact at the front desk, in order for us to stay in touch with you.

Below, please find information and highlights of the festival. The full schedule is appended too. For more information on the films, filmmakers, sessions etc., please visit our website:

Please spread the word. KPFF is your festival, come and be a part of it!

With warm regards,
Kolkata People's Film Festival
Organising Team. 

About the Festival

KPFF is a no-sponsorship, people-funded film festival, now in its third year, organised on the maxim of 'people's culture with people's support', which means it is organised fully by individual contributions from people and by voluntary labour and planning of film society activists and the film audience. No tickets or passes are required to attend. People are welcome to contribute whatever they can or like to support the festival.

The festival is part of the 'cinema of resistance' movement, a India-wide grassroots cinema movement. In Kolkata, the KPFF is organized by the People's Film Collective, a film collective 
aligned with people's struggles in the country

KPFF focuses on documentary and other cinema which is people-centric and hopes to create a platform where activists, filmmakers, audiences meet to watch and discuss films together, and exchange dialogue on the burning political and social issues of the day.

We dedicate the Third Kolkata People's Film Festival to people's poet and rebel, Vidrohi.

Some Highlights of the Third KPFF



In the first retrospective of the works of veteran feminist documentary filmmaker Deepa Dhanraj in Kolkata, we will be screening the following four films along with a Keynote address delivered by Deepa.

Keynote Address: Feminist Voices in the Indian Documentary

22 January | 5:15 pm | Festival Venue

Kya Hua is Shahar Ko? [1986]

22 January | 6:25 pm | Festival Venue

Something Like a War [1991]

23 January | 2:50 pm | Festival Venue

The Advocate [2007]

24 January | 11:30 am | Festival Venue



Our main theme on 24 January 2016. Here we will screen three documentaries made in 2015 which raise the most burning issues on land and labour in India at the present times.

The Referendum [2015]

'On the Dongria Kodh's historic battle to protest the Niyamgiri from Vedanta Corporation'

Dir: Tarun Mishra | 66 mins | 2015

Followed by an interaction with the Filmmaker

3:10 pm | 24th January

The Factory [2015]

'On the historic struggle of the Maruti workers and their continuing persecution'

Dir: Rahul Roy | 132 mins | 2015
Followed by an interaction with suspended Maruti workers and the filmmaker
4:30 pm | 24th January

Aah (The Sigh) [2015]

'On the struggle of contract workers in cement factories of Chattisgarh'

Dir: Ajay TG | 26 mins | 2015
Followed by an interaction with the filmmaker
2:30 pm | 24th January


Our main theme on 23 January 2016. Here we will screen two documentaries made in 2015 which dwell on the questions of structural violence, memory and justice.

What the Fields Remember [2015]

'On the Nellie massacre of 1983, a film exploring violence, memory and justice'

Dir: Subasri Krishnan | 52 mins | 2015
Followed by an interaction with the Filmmaker

4:15 pm | 23rd January

Khoon Diy Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail) [2015]

'On the forced dissapearances in Kashmir, and memory as a political act'

Dir: Iffat Fatima | 93 mins | 2015

Followed by an interaction with the Filmmaker

12:10 pm | 23rd January


We will be screening the following three feature length fiction films in the festival-


by Chaitanya Tamhane on 22nd January

Mor Thengary

by Aung Rakhine on 23rd January

(this is the first film made in Chakma language in Bangladesh, and has been denied a censor certificate there!)

Chauthi Koot

by Gurvindar Singh on 24th January

(The first screening of the film in Kolkata)

(we specially expect those in the age group 12-18 to attend although the session is open to all)
January 22Friday 11 am to 1:30 pm
Registration: 10 am to 10:30 am
Open to audience of all ages. Free Entry. No tickets/passes required

Jeevanshala: School of Life
 dir: Manasi Pingle / India
Two & Two   
dir: Babak Anvari / India

Abuelas (Grandmothers)
dir: Afarin Eghbal / Argentina
Jaadui Machchi (Magic Fish)
dir: Ektara Collective / India
Chanda ke Joote (Chanda's Shoes)
dir: Ektara Collective / India
Storytelling: Biren Das Sharma (SRFTI, Kolkata) and Maheen, Rinchin, Pallav from Ektara Collective (Bhopal)


Contact Us



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DAY 1 | 22 JAN 2016 | FRIDAY

[10-11] Registration (Free)
[11 am] Young adults session
Jeevanshala – Manasi Pingle
Two & Two – Babak Anvari
Abuelas – Afarin Eghbal
Jaadui Machchi – Ektara Collective
Chanda ke Joote – Ektara Collective
Interaction/Storytelling - Biren Das Sharma & Ektara Collective

[1:30-2:30] BREAK

[2:30 pm] Court - Chaitanya Tamhane
[4:35-4:45] BREAK
[4:45 pm] Inaugural Session
[5:15 pm] Keynote Address - Feminist Voices in the Indian Documentary - Deepa Dhanraj

[6:15-6:25] BREAK

[6:25 pm] RETROSPECTIVE | Kya Hua is Shahar Ko? -Deepa Dhanraj
Interaction with Filmmaker 
[8:15-8:20] BREAK
[8:20 pm] Taking Side - Meghnath/Biju Toppo
Interaction with Filmmaker 

DAY 2 | 23 JAN 2016 | SATURDAY

[11 am] Mor Thengary - Aung Rakhine
[12 pm] Khoon Diy Baarav -Iffat Fatima
Interaction with Filmmaker 

[1:50-2:50] BREAK

[2:50 pm] RETROSPECTIVE | Something Like a War - Deepa Dhanraj
Interaction with Filmmaker 
[4:05-4:15] BREAK
[4:15 pm] What the Fields Remember - Subasri Krishnan
Interaction with Filmmaker 

[5:30-5:40] BREAK

[5:40 pm] Round Table discussion - Towards a People's Cinema - Discussants: Ajay TG (Chhattisgarh), Meghnath (Akhra Collective, Jharkhand), Manoj Kumar Singh (Gorkahpur Film Society, Uttar Pradesh), Maheen Mirza (Ektara Collective, Bhopal), Tarun Kumar Mishra (Samadrusti Collective, Odisha), Dwaipayan Banerjee (People's Film Collective, West Bengal), Deepa Dhanraj (Karnataka, erstwhile Yugantar Collective). Moderated by: Kasturi, People's Film Collective.

[7:10-7:20] BREAK
[7:20 pm] In Camera - Ranjan Palit

DAY 3 | 24 JAN 2016 | SUNDAY

[11 amCaste on the Menu Card – Atul Anand, Ananyaa Gaur, Anurup Khillare, Reetika Revathy Subramanian and Vaseem Chaudhary
[11:25 am] RETROSPECTIVE | The Advocate - Deepa Dhanraj
Interaction with Filmmaker 

[1:50-2:30] BREAK

[2:30 pm] Aah (The Sigh) - Ajay TG
Interaction with Filmmaker 
[3:00-3:10] BREAK
[3:10 pm] The Referendum - Tarun Kumar Mishra
Interaction with Filmmaker 

[4:20-4:30] BREAK

[4:30 pm] The Factory - Rahul Roy
Interaction with Satish and Ravinder from Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union and Provisional Committee of
  Dismissed Workers & the filmmaker, Rahul Roy
[7:05 pmChauthi Koot - Gurvindar Singh

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