Film Screenings

Of Worlds Within

Of Worlds Within


December 3, 2023    
4:30 pm


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Mazumdar-Shaw auditorium
22, Kasturba Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar , Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560001
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After the Rain, Haren Das, 1953, Indian, Colour woodcut print on paper, Image: H. 17.7 cm, W. 24 cm; Paper: H. 20.2 cm, W. 25.5 cm, MAC.00142.

Join us for the launch of two new films from the series A World Within. In this series of films that respond to MAP’s collection, filmmaker Amit Dutta looks at cultural objects as portals that can help us map our past, both critically and creatively, and explore the possibilities that lie ahead in the future. This screening will showcase two films from the series: Bat-like Devil Chaser with a Top Hat and Haren Das: 21 Studies of Life.

Bat-like Devil Chaser with a Top Hat is a poetic journey through Jyoti Bhatt’s photography, offering a unique portrayal of India over time. Unlike images that mark public events and are traceable to some narrative that marks the collective memorialization process, these pictures present the underlying non-narrative; like a hidden river, flowing quietly beneath the surface. Additionally, through Haren Das: 21 Studies of Life, Amit Dutta portrays the remarkable ability to infuse static images with vivid life, giving an immersive experience to Das’s printmaking, wood engravings, etching, and linocut, used to capture landscapes, seascapes, and flora and fauna indigenous to the Bengal region.


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Amit Dutta

Amit Dutta, a Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) graduate in film direction, has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career. His films have been honoured with prestigious awards, such as the FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany, the Gold Mikaldi in Bilbao, Spain, the Golden Conch, and the Best Film of the Festival award at the Mumbai International Film Festival. He has also received the John Abraham National Award from the Federation of Film Societies of India in Kerala, as well as four National Awards from the President of India, recognizing his excellence in audiography, cinematography, and special jury contributions.

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