Film Screening at The Flying Goat, Anjuna, Sunday June 26th 2022, 8 pm onwards

From sunshine and beaches, to rawa fried fish and delectable beef dishes, from cashews to feni and choriz to churches, from dense green forests to rivers as wide as the eye can see, its cheerful people and quaint, colorful houses with terracotta roofed porches signing off on the ultimate susegad life – India’s smallest state also happens to be most people’s favorite, its rich, vibrant, pluralistic and largely liberal culture attracting visitors of all kinds.

But does this ubiquitous “Goa for everyone” feeling really make you Goan? And how is Goa’s unique local culture being shaped by the many waves of immigration – past and present – that have passed through its lands? This weekend we explore such questions and more with a curated screening program featuring two locally made documentary films.

The Golden Fish by Avadhoot Potdar, Akanksha Gupta and Akshata Dalvi looks at Goa’s burgeoning casino industry and its impact on the local economy and community, whereas Bread & Belonging by Goan filmmaker Sonia Filinto, explores the relationship between food, culture and migration through the lens of Goa’s unique bread, pão. Both films address issues of migration, changing culture and the ever-present need to earn a living.

Join us on Sunday, 26th June 8pm onwards at The Flying Goat for an evening of cinema and conversation as we explore the evolving identity of a cherished land through local stories and perspectives. Limited seating available, call on +91 8828138632 to book your seats!

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Premier | Goenchi Maati Movement film, at Design Centre, Porvorim, 6 pm, March 18th 2021

with the film makers – Living Heritage Foundation and Goenchi Maati Movement team

Film by Living Heritage Foundation.
Directed by Marc Francis & Mohan Kumar Mochi
Premiere by Thus.
Hosted by Design Center

“Goenchi Mati: A new perspective on mining in Goa” Directed by Marc Francis and Mohan Kumar Mochi, this 43 minute film includes notable figures such as Raju Nayak, editor – Lokmat, Haresh Melwani – mine owner & Late Dadubhai Mandrekar – poet, writer and social activist and Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation. It also features five songs & a tiatr skit created and performed exclusively for the film by Joyalita and her friends.

The Goenchi Mati Movement insists that natural resources including minerals are a shared inheritance of all Goans living in the state, and it is our responsibility to ensure that our children and future generation inherit at least as much as we did. We are a non-partisan movement and are the Goan arm of “The Future We Need,” a global movement to make intergenerational equity foundational for civilization starting with minerals. The film has been commissioned in order to invite the citizens of Goa to come forward and join the Goenchi Mati movement to save the soil of Goa.

Audiences are requested to park their vehicles near Nexa Service Station, the road ahead is steep and narrow. Limited Seating with social distancing guidelines.

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The Granary of Salcete | Screening at Reis Magos Fort | 19th Feb 2020 Wednesday 7 pm

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Reis Magos Fort with Thus. presents to you the screening of a documentary Saxtticho Koddo – The Granary of Salcete on 19th Feb 2020, 7 pm onward. Through the ages, Salcete has had strong agrarian heritage and been synonymous with the vast production of rice, thereby earning it the title of ‘Saxtticho Koddo’ meaning, ‘The Granary of Salcete’.

Today this traditional occupation is affected by shifts in attitude, labour shortages, GMO’s and unpredictable weather, only to name a few. Even though new technology is being introduced to help the farming community some very serious questions remain to be answered.
The choices we make today will define what happens to our culture and community in the future and most importantly to our source of food.

This event is open to all at a minimal entry charge of INR 100/- Please note entry will be closed at 8 pm.

Documentary Film | Dir Vince Costa | Editor Gasper D’Souza | 37min.

Sound Bending/ Travelogue/ Sameer Thakur

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It has a sharp tongue, over 1500 names and shapes, has been to space and can hide among house keys. It also chases away all thought and can compose the universe, amplified by/in your head.

Ancient traditional and shamanic practices consider its vibrations a hidden code to time travel.

And for our resident lotuseater and president-of-the-lying-down-society Sameer, it all started with a big twang!

About a decade ago, Sameer embarked on his own sound-bending journey while watching hundreds of dead people turn to ashes on the banks of the Ganga in Banaras while vaguely considering afterlife and (im) mortality. As company, he only had a mutt and a Morchung, the desi mouth harp picked up that day. The mutt stretched, yawned left at some point but the instrument became his thought-chasing magic machine/ friend /guide/starship enterprise that very bizarre night. They are inseparable ever since.

Along the way, this self-confessed-emperor-of-lazydom has taught himself the didgeridoo and a few other curious instruments acquired on travel trails. He has since connected many many friends and strangers to the Morchung. Many have confessed to not sleeping much the first night of the big twang. Simple and ancient sound-bending stuff are his thing.

This summer of 2016, Sameer Thakur was invited to share sounds of his Morchung in Yakutsk, Russia at, convincingly, the world’s largest festival celebrating the traditions of the mouth harp. Khomus, the traditional version of the mouth harp is the national instrument of the republic where people say “Siberia? Pffft. That’s behind and we’re beyond!” He felt a bit like a cultural kosmonot, so he joined an ensemble to play Indian style in museums and festivals in Moscow, Hungary and Sicily. With a few impromptu solo gigs in hostels, parks, permafrost and volcano trails thrown in.

Sameer will share images, sounds and thrills of traveling where few have been and the magic of carving ice, forging iron and sharing sound-bending and time-shifting vibes with some amazing sentient beings – humans, horses and mammoths included.

He will also seek friends on a crowd-sourced project mapping unknown facts and stories around this magical instrument across the planet. Talk less, harp more. This is his new thing.

Presentation/Film Maker/Ruchir Arun

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Ruchir Arun is a graduate from Film and Television Institute of India. He works as a freelancer filmmaker in Bombay. His Diploma film Mandrake! Mandrake!, won the national award for the best short fiction film in the year 2014. His 2nd short film 5 o’ clock accidents got a Special Jury Mention at the National Awards, 2015. These films along with others have been showcased in various film festivals across the world.

In his words –

Of all the things that happened in the year 1985, the singular most important event (according to the writer) and the one that will have ever lasting impact on humanity was the appearance of the comic strip named ‘Calvin and Hobbes’. Born in the same year as the comic strip, Ruchir Arun was around seven years old when he first laid year eyes on Watterson’s masterpiece. Though at that age, the existential philosophy made no sense, what really attracted Ruchir to the comic strip was spirit of friendship between the boy and the tiger and the enormous amount of time they spent (wasted) talking about things that had no purpose or consequence. It reflected what an ideal life was like in Ruchir’s head. One such useless conversation between Calvin and Hobbes has in a way had a lasting impact on Ruchir’s life.

In that particular strip, Calvin was discussing what a 20/10 vision is. He tells to an ignorant Hobbes, ‘If you have 20/10 vision you are above average! You are better than the “normal” person and you have better than what is considered to be standard or normal, vision. If you have 20/10 vision, you can see at 20 feet, what a normal person can see at 10 feet from an eye chart. Only 1% of people have 20/10 vision. If you fall in the 1%, then Nothing can stop you’.

Ruchir Arun was born on 20/10 of1985. Somehow he felt that these words were directly addressed to him. This simple (and stupid) assumption has lead to a life of adventures and misadventures. Soon with life opening up to new comic characters, Ruchir’s obsession shifted from Calvin to Calculus (from Tintin). He obsessively read and re read every known publication of Tintin. His favourite was Calculus. In fact as a teenager, he so desperately wanted to be like Prof. Calculus that soon after school he joined the Mathematics honours course in St. Xaviers, Calcutta. But reality is much stranger than fiction. One day in first year of Maths hons. a friend of his invited him to see a film called Taxi Driver. As he was seeing Scorsese’s masterpiece, he had a complete meltdown as he was being consumed by the phenomenon called adulthood. As the film stopped after two hours, Ruchir did not want to be a scientist with impaired hearing, neither did he (thankfully) want to be a Taxi Driver. He wanted to be a film-maker. Did he think it would be easy to become a film-maker. No, but then he remembered what Calvin had once told him, Nothing can stop me. He promptly dropped out of Maths hons. the following semester and joined a film studies course in the same college. In that course Ruchir made a film called God’s Men that was accepted in some local film festivals and was really appreciated by the 7 out of 9 people who saw it. It boosted Ruchir’s confidence. Nothing can stop me was his motto and he was ready to take the next big step in his life. He was ready to go to FTII. Despite some horrible ragging and a worse interview, Ruchir found himself at FTII. This gave him further confidence that no matter how badly one f*** in life, No one can stop him.

As soon as he entered FTII, a whole new world opened up for him. He was given the gift he had been searching for his entire life, the gift of Poker. Ruchir excelled at playing Poker at FTII. His nights were spent swindling his fellow students off their money and days spent dozing off in class. Somehow he scraped through this three (5) years at FTII and made a diploma called Mandrake! Mandrake! which would be the fourth or the fifth best film in his class but then to everyone’s surprise (and his own) got a National Award for the best short film. While accepting the award from the President he smiled smugly and thought ‘No one can stop me’ and then arrived in Mumbai in full flair where he met his match! Mumbai Stopped him!

The first year in Mumbai was not working out as dreamily as he thought it would. Thats where the skill set he picked up in his film school came into use. Poker saved the day, and the month and the year subsequently. The day his seniors (with who he piled on in order to escape RENT) finally threw him out Ruchir landed a plum assignment. He made a film called ‘5 o’ clockaccidents’ that got him his second national award.

As Ruchir was wondering whether he should think ‘Nobody can stop me’ a few ads came his way – where he would have to deliver as a first AD. He now learnt what it means to work 8 days a week and 25 hours a day. He managed to still hold fort amidst the madness and the mayhem where he visited countries like Thailand on assignments only to see their airports and their cabs.

As the madness and the mayhem in the ad world continued to grow in deafening decibels Ruchir was offered his first commercial to direct a public service campaign called ‘Mike and I’, which genuinely won the hearts of many Facebookers, ending in two marriage proposals. Politely rejecting them saying he is too young to get married Ruchir went on to direct an ad on marriage, a wedding rather, for BIBA. The BIBA commercial got millions of hits and suddenly the world started opening for Ruchir in a different way.

Currently, Ruchir spends his days working on concepts for commercials and web series and features and his nights, dreaming of a time when he wouldn’t have to do any of the hard work and he would be on the head of a Poker table raising his glass of champagne and thinking the thought that has stuck by him for over two decades – No one can stop me.

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Screening : Remembering Kurdi

rememberingkurdiSaumyananda Sahi, the director will present his 64-minute documentary film, ‘Remembering Kurdi’, produced by the Films Division of India.

The film tries to piece together fractured memories of a village that was submerged by the Salaulim Dam over three decades ago, but which resurfaces annually for a few weeks during the summer – allowing its prior inhabitants to return to perform rituals, visit the graves of their ancestors, have picnics in the ruins of their homes, and remember what is lost.

In chronicling the continuing importance of the places of our past, and in observing how people return even after being rehabilitated elsewhere, the film reflects on how memory is such an integral part of our sense of belonging, and how land can mean so much more than an entity to be bought and sold, or to be abandoned in the name of development.

Narratives and Inspirations/ films of Bert Haanstra & Rajat Nagpal

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Rajat Nagpal will screen his films along with inspiring shorts of Bert Haanstra. The talk will be on language of these films.

Of Bert Haanstra:
1. Zoo (11min)
2. Glass (10 min)
3. Mirror of Holland (9min)

Of Rajat Nagpal:
1. Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro (1 min: 2008) showcased at International Museum of Modern Art, Paris
2. Without The Sun (6 min: 2001) ( screened in over 15 countries)
3. Four Shows Daily (12 min: 2003) (Silver at British Council Film Festival, 2004)
4. Paar (1 min: 2008) Critics Award, Filmminute
5. Music Videos:
– Sadho Re by Agnee, Antariksha by Rahul Sharma, Saware by Roop Kumar Rathod (10 min: 2007-2009), IMVA gold winners

 

Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami

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With the death of Abbas Kiarostami, Iran’s leading director, world cinema loses one of its true guiding lights. Attesting to the esteem in which he was held, Jean-Luc Godard once said, “Film begins with D. W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.”

He said, “It’s said that in the beginning was the word, but for me the beginning is always an image. When I think about a conversation, it always starts with images. And what I love about photography is the inscription of a single moment: it’s completely ephemeral. You take the photograph, and one second later, everything has changed.”

Martin Scorsese said he was one of those rare artists with a special knowledge of the world; put into words by the great Jean Renoir: ‘Reality is always magic’- that statement sums up Kiarostami’s extraordinary body of work. We will be screening some of his films.

 

Screening & interaction/ Going Home/ Jayesh Akhargekar

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Jayesh Akhargekar, to capture shades of human emotions through cinema joined Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute – SRFTI, Kolkata, Kolkata completing post graduation in Cinema (Direction & Screenplay Writing) at the institute in 2015 and Documentary direction from VGIK, Russian State University of Cinematography, Moscow. He is currently working on independent feature film & experimental documentaries based in Goa. He has participated and won accolades in film festivals globally.

He will be screening –
Railway Station, 13min, Polish, Krzysztof Kieślowski;
Going Home, 13.30min, India, SRFTI;
Lukomir, Six months off, 30min; Bosnia-Herzegovina
Refren, 10min, Polish , Krzysztof Kieślowski