Framing Rebellion in India: The Cinema of Sanjay Kak

MOA is pleased to welcome Sanjay Kak, an internationally acclaimed filmmaker from India, and showcase two of his award-winning documentary films: Red Ant Dream (2013) and Jashn-e-Azadi/How We Celebrate Freedom (2007). Each film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. The myriad forms of resistance practiced by marginalized communities in India is at the core of Sanjay Kak’s body of work. While exploring the organic relationship between indigenous communities and natural resources, Kak also probes the nexus between the state and corporations which seeks to disenfranchise people of their forests, land, water, livelihood, as well as traditions and cultures. Through his films, he opens up new discourses on development, nationalist politics, people’s power, and the seeming irrelevance of oppression.

Screenings are free with museum admission.

October 22, Thursday

2:00pm: Welcome

Red Ant Dream (2013, 120 min. In Gondi/Odiya/Punjabi with English subtitles)
It 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. More on film website.

Comments by the filmmaker followed by discussion.

October 23, Friday
2:00pm: Welcome

Jashn-e-Azadi/How We Celebrate Freedom (2007, 138 min. In Kashmiri/Urdu/English with English subtitles)
A searing exploration of the Kashmiri freedom movement – and the many meanings of freedom (“azadi”) in Kashmir, the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. It tells the story of a population ground down by its prolonged resistance over the course of two decades, between a pitiless state machinery and an unrelenting armed struggle, claiming tens of thousands of innocent lives.

Comments by the filmmaker followed by discussion.

Venue: The Michael M. Ames Theatre, MOA.

About the Filmmaker

Sanjay Kak is an independent documentary filmmaker whose films Jashn-e-Azadi (How we celebrate freedom, 2007, about the idea of freedom in Kashmir), Words on Water (2002, about the struggle against the Narmada dams in central India; Best Long Film prize at the Internacional Festival of Environmental Film & Video, Brazil), and In the forest hangs a bridge (1999, about the making of a 1000 ft bridge of cane and bamboo in north east India; Golden Lotus Best Documentary Film National Film Awards; Asian Gaze Award, Pusan Short Film Festival, Korea) reflect his interests in ecology, alternatives and resistance politics.

Co-sponsored by MOA, the Departments of Asian Studies and Art History, Visual Art & Theory in collaboration with the South Asian Film Education Society.

program-filmsanjay-logo1program-filmsanjay-logo3 program-filmsanjay-logo2


Framing Rebellion in India: The Cinema of Sanjay Kak


Thursday, October 22 & Friday, October 23, 2015, 2-5pm

Past Programs