Just over 500 viewers came to the ‘kliene zaal’ of de Balie, the venue for the screening of the documentaries under the ‘Voices From the Fringe’ package from? India. While most of the events of the ‘India Festival’ of Amsterdam celebrated the art and culture of India, the Voices package under the banner of the ‘India Express’ program of de Balie looked away from the center – at the fringes and raised critical issues and questions. When change happens at the pace that it presently is in India, what do we see? Is there a price to be paid, what is that and who is paying it? How is technology being used by the media and by people affected by the media? What hasn’t changed? These are just some of the questions asked through the films. (download catalogue: ‘Voices From the Fringe’ (pdf); file requires Adobe pdf reader 9.0 or higher)
Nandini Bedi, Festival Director
The idea is to focus on Indian documentary films from the geographical, economic, cultural, religious and political fringes of a society that has global economic and political aspirations. These voices are as varied as they are fresh and articulate. They are counterpoints to the more visible and audible side of the new emerging India. They are connected, touched by and changed by the India with the global aspirations. In turn, how do they connect, change and contribute to the India we see in the spotlight?
This Film Festival is supported by the HIVOS-NCDO Cultuurfonds.
Twenty Seven films will be screened at the Balie, in Amsterdam along with discussions and debates with filmmakers from India in attendance. Nandini’s film‘Notes on Man Capture’ is also on the program followed by another film ‘Tales from the Margins’ and a discussion on Northeast India.
See page ‘Notes on Man Capture’