Film Screenings

If I Could Tell You

2024-07-15 17:05:51

Niharika Popli

If I Could Tell You


September 23, 2023    
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Bookings closed

A frame from the film ‘If I Could Tell You’, courtesy of Niharika Popli. Illustration by Artist, Pakhi Sen.

MAP is thrilled to mark the International Day of Sign Languages with a screening of If I Could Tell You by Niharika Popli. 

If I Could Tell You is an evocative inquiry into the significance of language in our shared human experience. Following the journeys of two friends, one Deaf and one hearing, and their unique relationship to Indian Sign Language (ISL), the film includes diverse perspectives from Deaf and queer communities and explores how various manifestations of visual language and expression help us understand agency, autonomy and care.

Made in collaboration with artist Pakhi Sen, this documentary pushes the boundaries of storytelling by blending diverse media forms, including animation and artistic performances.  It is also the first instance of an Indian film featuring an original ISL poem by a Deaf poet.

Access: The Mazumdar Shaw Auditorium is also equipped with an audio induction loop system. For any additional access requirements, please reach out to us at

This event has been organised as part of the International Week for Deaf People.



Bookings are closed for this event.

Niharika Popli

Filmmaker and Editor

Niharika Popli is an independent filmmaker and editor based in Delhi. Her debut documentary, Rasan Piya, intimately explores the life and music of Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan. It received the Tareque Masud Award for Best Debut Film at Film South Asia 2017, and a Special Jury Mention at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2016. She has worked on several short and feature-length documentaries as an editor.  Her most recent work was a collaboration with Roysten Abel, on his audio-visual stage production titled Weaving Voices, which premiered at the Mahindra Roots Festival in 2023. If I Could Tell You is her second documentary feature as a director.

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