IT’S been a year since the Chandigarh Creative Cinema Circle (4C) held its last screening of award winning features and interactions with filmmakers.
Now, the team is back with the 34th weekend with filmmaker on September 10.
This time, the 4C team including A P Mishra and Harish Mehla are bringing on board prominent filmmakers Saba Dewan and Vijaya Singh along with their films, Naach and Unscheduled Arrivals.
“When you have run a show for three years, screened countless films and curated four film festivals, you grow attached to that project,” said Mehla, adding how the former team of the Chandigarh Sangeet and Natak Akademi was quite supportive in helping them run 4C.
“We had a monthly financial aid and bookings for screenings thanks to them. But as soon as the new team took charge, the support was withdrawn without even informing us,” said Mehla.
CSNA chairperson Kamal Arora said only films connected to art or theatre or their development can form a part of CSNA. “Nowhere is it mentioned that cinema will be supported by us… that is the domain of film societies,” said Arora.
Meanwhile, Mehla and Mishra, the original founding members of 4C, lament how a momentum was broken because of the immediate halt to their screenings and bookings. The year 2016 would have been their fifth year had things gone as planned.
Passionate about cinema, they have managed to kick start their activity and are even eying a film festival this December. “Agreed there are issues of funding, of endless paper work and we will have to bring and educate the audience all over again. But it’s our baby and we cannot let it go,” said the 4C team, who has been pooling out their own pockets to fund the enterprise.
With no other prominent cinema festival or screenings of award winning documentaries and short features in the city, the team feels they are also doing a service to the society in creating a culture and cinematic awareness.
With the help of the director, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Kriti Garg, they are back with Dewan and Singh’s films.
Dewan’s second film from her trilogy on women performers, Naach (2008) explores the contemporary constructs of gender, sexuality, labour and popular culture in dance performances of women who are stigmatised for taking up dance as a form of livelihood.
Singh’s award winning documentary, Unscehduled Arrivals, explores the arrival of unscheduled travellers on a railway station.
The films will be screened on Saturday at the Government Art Museum in Sector 10.