Ranchi residents, if Chennai Express made you laugh, these two award-winning documentaries will make you think.
Two alumni of the capital’s Lieven’s Institute of Film and Electronic Media (LIFE), affiliated to Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC), Mumbai, have made 30-minute films that are earning raves everywhere.
The shorts — Bhopal: Shed Unsaid and Black Flame — will be screened at the XIC’s Ranchi centre auditorium on Saturday for a select audience, including XIC-Mumbai director Lawrie Ferrao.
“Later, we will screen the films again for the public,” said I. Lourduraj, director of XIC-LIFE in Ranchi on Friday.
Bhopal: Shed Unsaid, made by Syed Samar Mehdi on the Bhopal gas tragedy, bagged the best documentary film and best original music awards at Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival in August.
The film, made as part of Mehdi’s PG diploma in film and television production course at XIC-LIFE, recounts the events and aftermath of the catastrophe from an insider’s perspective. Coming from Bhopal, Mehdi uses observational footage, first-hand accounts and his own reflections to weave a powerful narrative about a 29-year-old tragedy.“I went to Bhopal and interviewed survivors. They narrated the horror they went through during the gas leak,” Mehdi said.
He added, “The film is also an analysis of how mainstream and foreign media told the story and how an event of this magnitude lost accuracy.”
Black Flame, prepared by another former student Arvind Hans, focuses on the lives of people who ferry illegally-mined coal on bicycles to sell in the local markets of Jharkhand.
“Hans travelled miles along with such people and came to know that most people engaged in the trade are displaced by coal projects,” Sapkota said.
The film bagged the “best documentary” tag at InFocus-2012, the film festival of Loyola Academy in Hyderabad.