Still / Moving : The Folds Within Cinema and Photography

Still/Moving is a curated package of non-fiction films that attempts to enable a dialogue between pre-existing material and images created by the filmmaker. Deploying archival images and found footage, the films in the package wrestle with questions of erasure, silence or loss. Memory is central to almost all the films. In some, memory collides with history while in others it explores the incertitude that lies between the two. Thematic preoccupations –  about identity, race, migration, violence and displacement – run through the documentaries as each filmmaker grapples with the conundrum of image-making and truth claims. The selection includes iconic and celebrated films that have explored the dynamic relationship between still and moving images as well as others that have paid tribute to them. Looking for, and engaging with hidden, overlooked, excluded, discarded and found material, these films discover new ways of exploring the past and commenting on the present. In a moment marked by convergence, the documentaries in this package celebrate the hybrid form and the fluid boundaries between cinema and photography. As ruminations on ‘stillness’ and movement they pay homage to the photograph and its expanded role within the moving image.

Sabeena Gadihoke (Curator)

Dr. Sabeena Gadihoke is Professor at the AJK MCRC at Jamia Millia Islamia for Digital Media Arts. She started her career as an independent documentary filmmaker and cameraperson, and was a member of Mediastorm, India’s first women’s video collective. Gadihoke was a Fulbright Fellow at Syracuse University, and has published widely including a book on India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla, titled “Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla” (Mapin/Parzor Foundation, 2006). Gadihoke has curated several shows on photography including a retrospective of Homai Vyarawalla at the National Gallery of Modern Art in three cities during 2010-11, and more recently a retrospective of Jitendra Arya at the NGMA Mumbai and Bangalore, titled “Light Works”. Her research interests focus on the intersection of the still and moving image, and she has written on contemporary documentary films, photo history, popular visual culture and female stardom in Bombay cinema.

December 15, 2018

Finding Vivian Maier By John Maloof / Charlie Siskel
(USA | 84 mins | 2014 | English)

Post Screening discussion with Sabeena Gadihoke

December 16, 2018

Witkin & Witkin By Trisha Ziff
(Mexico / USA | 93 mins | 2017 | English / Spanish)

Post Screening discussion
with Sabeena Gadihoke & Rahaab Allana

December 17, 2018

Sea in the Blood By Richard Fung
(Canada | 26 minutes | 2000 | English)

Between the Lines: India’s Third Gender By Thomas Wartmann
(Germany | 94 mins | 2005 | German & English )

Post Screening discussion with Sabeena Gadihoke & Shohini Ghosh

December 18, 2018

I for India By Sandhya Suri
(UK |  70 mins | 2007 | English)

Post Screening discussion with Sabeena Gadihoke & Shohini Ghosh

December 19, 2018

La Jetée By Chris Marker
(France | 27 mins | 1963 | French)

The Host By Miranda Pennell
(UK | 60 mins | 2015 | English)

Now By Santiago Alvarez
(U.S.A | 5 mins | 1965)

Comparing Now and Then by Nina Wiesnagrotzki
(Germany | 6 mins | 2012 | English)

December 20, 2018

200,000 Phantoms By Jean-Gabriel Périot
(France | 10 mins | 2007)

Photograph of Jesus By Laurie Hill
(UK | 6 min 40sec | 2008 | English)

Recycled By Lei Lei
(China | 5mins 32sec | 2014)

Cathode Garden By Jane Geiser
(USA | 8 mins | 2015 | English)

Decasia By Bill Morrison
(USA | 2002 | 70 mins)

December 21, 2018

Flying Inside My Body By Sushmit Ghosh, Rintu Thomas, Sumit Sharma and Ajita Chowhan
(AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia student film | India | 36 min | 2008)

Mehta Mahatta By Nabila Z. Zaidi, Suparka Sarkar, Sweta Chhahar, Rajashree Poddar and Ahmed Kamal Saifi
(AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia student film | India | 23 mins | 2012 | English)

Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait By Avani Rai
(India | 2017 | 55 mins | English & Hindi)

December 21, 2018

City of Photos by Nishtha Jain
(India | 60 mins | 2005 | English, Hindi, Bengali)