The Violin Player
The Violin Player is the story of one day in the life of a Bollywood session violinist who finds expression in an unlikely place. The day unfolds to reveal startling truths about music, art, life and survival.
Cast: Adil Hussain, Ritwick Chakraborty, Nayani Dixit
Director: Bauddhayan Mukherji
Bauddhayan Mukherji is a writer and director, known for Teenkahon (2014), The Violin Player (2016) and Patalghar (2003).
Runtime: 70 minutes
Language: Hindi (with English Subtitles)
What changes when a girls’ football initiative begins to claim open public spaces to play in Mumbra, a far-flung suburb in the Mumbai Metropolitan region? Quite a lot actually! For women and girls occupying open public space in the city to play is an act of feminist claim staking. This film follows the Parcham women’s football team as they play and coach a younger generation of girls, in the process transforming not just the way they see themselves and their bodies but potentially transforming the way we see our cities.
Presented by Murthy Nayak Foundation
Directors: Shilpa Phadke, Faiz Ullah, Nikhil Titus
Shilpa Phadke trained as a sociologist and teaches at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS, Mumbai. She is co-author of Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets. Her areas of interest include: gender, public spaces, cities, feminist pedagogy, feminist mothering, young women’s relationship with feminism and more recently digital spaces and feminism. She loves the chaotic city of Mumbai and fantasizes that it will one day have a very large park.
Faiz Ullah works with the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His work is largely concerned with the political economy of media, work and labour, and participatory cultures.
Nikhil Titus is a PhD student in Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved in documentary production and his research interests include low-cost film exhibition spaces and audiences, migration and urban infrastructure, ‘B’ grade and minor cinemas and stardom.
Language: Hindi, Urdu, English (with English Subtitles)
About the Film
The short film, “Birds in Flight,” revolves around a middle aged Indian American woman, Meera, who had been very active in her professional teaching career and in the pursuit of hobbies such as bird watching, during her youth. As her health declines her family and Meera face challenges in coping with the changes. How each member reacts to the changed circumstances forms the crux of this story.
Post Screening Discussion with Director Suneeta Misra and Cast
Cast: Sangeeta Agrawal, Sridhar Mirajkar, Isha Misra, Suneeta Misra, Kevin Williams, Mary Williams
Director: Suneeta Misra
Suneeta Misra has been a Special Education teacher in the Maryland Public School System for the past 20 years. Besides teaching, she has a passion for making fictional and documentary films. Her films show the social conditions in both India, which is her native country, and in the South Asian diaspora of her adopted land, the United States. She has made documentaries, such as “A Dream of Education in Modern India, ” and “The Tawaifs of Basuka.” She has made fictional short films that show the challenges faced by the South Asian community of which she is a part. She has made “A Good Match,” on domestic abuse, “Picture Perfect” on the futility of pursuing materialistic values, and her latest film is “Birds in Flight” on the challenges of aging faced by South Asian women living in the U.S.