I am Ladakhi : The Culture of Islam in Ladakh by Abeer Gupta
Dera Phulan Da Sera by Shilpi Gulati and Divya Cowasji
A Film on Superheroes by Nikhil Titus
On migrant workers in Bangalore by Yashaswini and Ekta
Videokaaran, by Jagannathan Krishnan
Before Dark by Ajay TG
My Name is Basheer
Directed by Anushka Meenakshi
2009, 66 minutes, Malayalam and English, with English subtitles
In October 2007, a group of people from PERCH, a Chennai based theatre collective, traveled to Kozhikkode, Kerala, to rediscover the world of the Malayalam writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The people we met, and the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of Kozhikkode were the source of inspiration for two plays in English based on several of Basheer’s stories.
Many of Basheer’s stories reveal something of the writer himself – his incredible humanity, his experiences of love and poverty, his criticism of politics and war, his eclectic taste in music, his love of nature, and his radical beliefs about the society around him.
‘My Name is Basheer’ is a film that weaves scenes from the two plays – ‘Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you Heard!)’ and ‘Moonshine & Skytoffee’ – with interviews of his family and others who knew him closely. Sharing their memories of Basheer are, his brother Abu Backer, wife Fabi, children Anees and Shahina, M.K Sanu who was Basheer’s biographer, Punalur Rajan who photographed Basheer over several years, and M.A Rahman who made the award-winning documentary ‘Basheer the Man’.
About the Director
Anushka Meenakshi started off studying Mathematics, but found her way into making films. Her work mostly involves documenting true stories, but she loves to read, watch, and listen to stories of every kind. In 2006, she co-directed ‘c/o Platform’, a film about pavement dwellers, which was produced by the Public Service Broadcast Trust. She has also worked as a community video trainer for Nalamdana, an NGO in Chennai.
Anushka is a member of PERCH, a performance collective in Chennai.
Flex n’ Faces
Directed by Shrikant Agawane
Mr. Shrikant Agawane has made a film entitled ‘Flex and Faces’, on how flex banners have changed urban landscapes and local politics.