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Friday, June 27, 2008

Jun 28: Invite: film screening of Tingya 
"pedestrian pictures
in association with Lankesh Prashashti
invites you to the screening of
dir. Mangesh Hadawale
(2007/122 mins/Marathi with English subtitles)
Date: June 28, 2008, Saturday
Venue: IAT, Queen's Road, Bangalore (Directions to the venue)
Time: 5 pm-7.30 pm
The screening will be followed by a discussion on the current agricultural crisis faced by farmers in the State.
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Awards: Tingya has a long list of awards to its name including 9 awards at the 2008 Maharashtra State Government Awards; Fipresci
International Critics Award for Director and the Best Film Award at
MAMI International Film Festival 2008 (Mumbai); Best Debutant Director
award, Lankesh Prashashti National Awards 2008 (Bangalore); five
nominations at the 2007 Indian Panorama – to name only a few.
Synopsis: Tingya
is the son of Karbhari, a farmer who cultivates potatoes in
Maharashtrian village. The film provides an intimate description of the
conditions that plague Karbhari's debt ridden existence while placing
this against a sensitive portrayal of the relationship between Tingya
and Chitangya (an oxen born two months after Tingya). Tingya cannot
understand why the family must decide on selling the oxen to a
slaughterhouse while it is keen on protecting and nurturing an aged
grandmother who doesn't contribute to the family's income.
Context: The film is being screened in Bangalore
at a time when Karnataka is in the middle of a worsening agricultural
crisis. The first 20 days of June has seen 18 farmers commit suicide in
the State, not including the police firing in Haveri killing one farmer
on June 10. Beyond the rhetoric of blaming the Central UPA Government,
our newly formed BJP government has little to show in terms of an
action taken report. We are not crediting as actions taken the
compensation money doled out nor the sanction of a statue honouring the
farmer who was shot down in Haveri. The discussions obviously need to
go deeper if we are to even understand the crises faced by the
debt-ridden farmer in today's economy. We hope a sensitive film such as
Tingya will set the pace for this discussion.

About pedestrian pictures: We are a media activist organization, based in Bangalore
and working across Karnataka since 2001. We work with media to create
an understanding of socio- political realities existing in our society.
This screening is part of our monthly public screening activities.
Every last Saturday of the month, we are at IAT, screening films. To
subscribe to our list, send us an email pedepics@gmail. com
For more information, call us on 94483 71389 (Uvaraj) or email pedepics@gmail. com

pedestrian pictures is a media activist organization working in Bangalore since 2001. "


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