Alpavirama 2011 travels to Nepal at Film South Asia 2013

Alpavirama 2011 travels to Nepal at Film South Asia 2013

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is what FSA has believed starting since 1997 and is continuing the most popular festival of southasian documentaries this year starting 3rd October and ending on 6th October with 55 documentary and non-fiction films from around Southasia and the Diaspora on diverse issues and subject-matters. Many of the award winning films from Academy Awards, Sundance Film Festival and many others out of which 34 are competing. Catering a wide range of satellite events including panel discussions, launch of Himal Southasian's new edition "Under the shadow of Bollywood Tree"  and many more, its just you need to step in and enjoy it !!!

FSA 2013 features two specially curated film packages; one, in association with Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design’s (NID) Alpavirama Festival and second, a dedicated section on Afghanistan curated by independent journalist Taran Khan. Additionally, few shorts from the Why Poverty? series will also be screened during the Festival.

Alpavirama all set to land at #FSA2013 on 1st October

Alpavirama is a film festival born out of a desire to celebrate South Asians looking at South Asia, to put forward the voice of the young, and to bring to limelight the short form of filmmaking. In this age of the DSLR – Laptop-YouTube kind of relatively inexpensive and democratic digital films, Alpavirama wants to stand in solidarity with the South Asian men and women under 30, who are redefining the content and form of moving image, looking at subject matter at once micro and macro, of relevance to the world and, more importantly, to their own countries, towns and neighborhoods.

Alpavirama 2011, FSA 2013 is being curated by Arun Gupta, NID.

Alpavirama 2011 will be screened at 4 PM, 1 October (Tuesday), Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka.

Alpavirama 2011 will include the following films:

Missing Vultures

Post 2000, the number of vultures in Pakistan fell down considerably, so much so that the species almost vanished. This documentary explores the reasons as to why vultures have gone missing in Pakistan through a series of interviews. It finds out the negative consequences of losing this important scavenger species and also takes a look at the efforts by WWF Pakistan to save the magnificent vulture from extinction. The film showcases both the appreciation and conservation demanded by these birds of prey, as well as the hate and dislike certain sections have towards them.

Country: Pakistan
Duration: 20′
Language: Punjabi, Urdu

Directed by: Muhammad Ali Ijaz

*Winner: Golden Comma (Documentary) @ Alpavirama 2011

The Boxing Ladies

Zainab, Shubra and Bushra are sisters who live in Kolkata. As they prepare for the national level boxing championship, their lives, their homes, their perspectives on the male dominated sport are highlighted. While all the three are different in terms of how feminine they feel about their lives as such, they continue to find independence and release in their sport. The film ponders over issues of roles and rules in both the sexes and how an interplay with them causes societal unease, but also heroism.

Country: India
Duration: 26′
Language: Hindi

Directed by: Anusha Nandakumar

*Winner: Silver Comma (Documentary) @ Alpavirama 2011

Burning Paradise

The girls of Swat Valley in Pakistan are victims of the oppressive Taliban regime. The locals live in constant fear as schools for girls are being demolished, women are being publicly beaten up for leaving home alone without male relatives, polio vaccinations are condemned as anti Islamic, barbers are not able to earn a living because shaving too becomes a crime against religion, and so on. Any form of resistance by the public is met with extreme violence, public executions in market places and slaughtering of innocent victims. However such enforcements of religious fundamentalism are constantly being countered by freedom of expression and various art forms such as music performances, street plays, paintings and film.

Country: Pakistan
Duration: 22′
Language: Pashto, Urdu

Directed by: Nisar Ahmed

Purna Virama

Using only sound and movement, this observational documentary conjures up a metaphor of destruction and breakdown, using the allegory of a bus. The bus is stripped of all dignity and ruthlessly taken apart for its various parts, to be sold as scrap. Thus, after being in service for many years, the bus is completely annihilated. This systematic and rhythmic breakdown of a vehicle can be interpreted not only at a social but a political level as well. The film can be seen as a reflection of life and death, and tries to come to terms with the meaning of mortality.

Country: India
Duration: 12′

Directed by: Ujjwal Utkarsh


Saraai shows an NRI from Leceister, Siddhis from Africa and an old Sindhi woman. They all come from different places and yet they call the same city of Ahmedabad, ‘home’. Where is home for these people? What does home mean for all of us? Is it the place we come from? Or is it where we reside? Shot on location in Ahmedabad, Saraai shares the stories of its people, reminiscing about their past: trying to understand their present, newly acquired identities. Saraai literally means, ‘rest-house’ a temporary home for travelers. The film itself is about such travelers. Through their experiences, the film attempts to understand the very idea of home and belonging.

Country: India
Duration: 18′
Language: English, Gujarati, Hindi

Directed by: Parchi Mokashi

Tran Eka Tran 

Tran Eka Tran (three ones a three) is a documentary film about a teacher, a nurse and a young girl. The film shows each one of them pursuing their personal dreams and ambitions. It’s about three people living in a locality and how their lives and dreams cross each other’s. Various social issues of the community are part of the film, interwoven as incidents of their daily life, without being in the highlight. There is no attempt to show or portray any moral, message or lesson through the film. Though, through various incidents, one understands some important values, meaning and teachings of life, in a subtle way.

Country: India
Duration: 19′
Language: Gujarati

Directed by: Aastha Gohil

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