Film Screening of the “Remembering 1992” series

Screening

These films made by the students and faculty of School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences were screened on the 16th of December. The film makers and many activists part of the Bombay ki Kahani… campaign were present at the screening. These films bring to fore nuances of issues and also show us the city and the scars in very different ways. There are voices of those working for change and fighting for justice. There are voices of the very young as well as of those who have experienced the violence themselves and continue to face it even today. The fact that the scars are so visible to even those who were not there in 1992-93 and have also come to the city in the recent past, indicates that there is need to remember. As said in the film “Farukh vs the State”, “To remember is to resist the terrifying amnesia gripping the city.”

They will be screened at other colleges, institutes and community spaces as part of this campaign.

About the films:

This series of films from the School of Media and Cultural Studies,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, seeks revisit the city of Mumbai,
twenty years after the communal violence of 1992-93. In a situation
where justice has been elusive and the collective amnesia profound,
the series attempts to remember and reflect on the events of that
tragic period and its aftermath.

Commissioning Editors: Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar, SMCS, TISS

Ek Aakhri Panah (One Last Refuge)

Hindi with English subtitles, 2012, 14.27 mins, Directed by Juanita
Mukhia, Krishna Panchal, Piyush Garud and Tanvi Barge

During December 1992 and January 1993, Muslim communities living in
the city of Mumbai witnessed communal violence within their
localities. As the violence escalated, people moved or shifted to
areas where they felt safer or had family. These resulted in the
expansion of areas like Mumbra and creation of ghettoes across the
city, where communities that share a religion often live together for
a shared sense of security. This film looks at Mumbra and its history
through the eyes of two young Muslim women who work in the Rehnuma
Library. Rehnuma is a space in Mumbra where young women meet to read,
write, co-create and work on issues of women’s empowerment.

Aman ki Khoj (Search for Peace)

Hindi with English subtitles, 2012, 14 mins, Directed by Epti Patnaik,
Pratik Bhakta, Sujata Subramanian and Anchal Kataria

Aman Ki Khoj…Dharavi’s Search for Peace is the story of a community
that is determined to heal the wounds of the 92-93 riots and forge a
path of harmony. The film looks at the efforts of Bhau Korde, Paul,
Ayub, Najma and Amina, among others, in mobilizing people under
various initiatives and starting a dialogue. An Iftar party, organised
and attended only by the women, becomes the focus of the film, as
Dharavi’s multireligious, multi-regional population gathers to
celebrate its differences.

Framing 92

English, 2012, 25:40 mins, Directed by Ananda Siddhartha, Mrinal Singh
and Shruti Ravi

Twenty years on, the film explores some of the ways in which the ’92
riots in Bombay have been and continue to be represented – in the
realms of art and photojournalism. It weaves in and out of the
narratives of its three protagonists – a painter and two
photojournalists – and is interspersed with glimpses of their work. In
doing this, the film attempts to understand the nuances of capturing
the riots through different visual media. In the process, it also
reflects on the memories of those who captured the riots for posterity
and more. The city archived through the works of these artists has
metamorphosed over the years, shaking the bedrock of cosmopolitanism
on which it was built. Bombay has moved on to being Mumbai, but the
indelible scars of the riots linger on unseen.

Flashpoint

English, 2012, 19:22 mins, Directed by Mridula Chari, Gursimran
Khamba, Francis Lohrii and Shivani Gupta

Mohammed Ali Road and Mahim were among the more affected areas during
the riots of 1992-1993. Twenty years later, this film takes the lens
back to those areas to map the middle classes of those areas. Their
lives, though not tangibly afflicted, were nonetheless transformed by
that time enough to reflect in their attitudes towards communalism
today. Prominent writer and journalist Dilip D’Souza, draws these
narratives together as we try to make sense of stereotypes that
persist even today.

Badalte Nakshe (Changing Maps)

Hindi with English subtitles, 24 mins, Directed by Nithila
Kanagasabai, Nitya Menon, Archana Sadar and Likokba

Traversing the tenuous realm of children, memory and the riots, the
film follows Farhana Ashraf, a teacher and a writer in an attempt to
explore the constructed histories of two generations. 20 years after
the riots, how do the people who were children then remember the lived
experience of the riots? Moreover, how do adolescents of the present
generation make meaning of these inherited narratives of violence from
what they hear and see? In an effort to articulate this ongoing
dialogue with the past and present, the film weave these two threads
bringing to the surface erasures, omissions and the ruptures they
entail.

Farooq Versus The State

Hindi/English with English subtitles, 25 mins, Directed by K.P.
Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro

Hari Masjid, Wadala, Mumbai, was the scene of a brutal police attack
on January 10, 1993. Though Farooq Mhapkar was one of the casualties
of indiscriminate police firing, he was charged as a rioter. Farooq
versus The State is the story of Farooq’s protracted legal battle
against an unyielding State in pursuit of justice. Through this case,
the film seeks to explore how justice was delayed and denied to the
victims and survivors of the 1992-93 communal violence

You can watch the trailers here:

Some photos from the screening

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