Rebana Liz John, Milann Tress John
A still from the film Ladies Only. Courtesy of Rebana Liz John
“What makes you angry?” asks the filmmaker. A small film crew enters the ladies’ compartments of the local trains in Mumbai. Chance encounters and acquaintances are invited to reveal their opinions, their confessions and their stories in a ‘public’ space. Their diverse answers thread themselves into an unfolding tapestry of details and observations. The light on the faces, the figures in the background, the driving noises of the train and the interactions between the travellers bring the space alive. Black and white images distil the essence of the space.
A poetic rhythm takes us across Mumbai and its mix of cultures, languages and faces, providing insight into how urban Indian women see and shape their lives. Through a feminist lens, the filmmaker explores what ambitions and freedoms mean for women in a hyper-industrial, wealth-driven and complex world.
Join us for the screening of the film Ladies Only by Rebana Liz John, as she explores the diverse narratives of women from the ladies’ compartments of the local trains in Mumbai. The film screening will be followed by an online Q&A session with Rebana Liz John and the Cinematographer of the film, Milann Tress John.
The film screening has been curated under Thinking Cities, MAP’s public programming theme for the quarter. Through this theme, we explore and reimagine cities through the lenses of space, identity, history, memory and more.
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