"pedestrian pictures in association with Lankesh Prashashti invites you to the screening of
TINGYA 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. ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- - 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