Close-Up Film Centre
97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR
Tickets: £10 / £8 conc. / £6 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847970
Close-Up and Carroll/Fletcher Onscreen present a trilogy of films by young Indian film-maker Pallavi Paul. Central to the trilogy is the revolutionary poet Vidrohi (the rebel), who began writing in the 1970s, as India was witnessing a time of great political turbulence and violence from both the state and far-left groups. However, as Paul notes in her preface to the first film in the trilogy, Nayi Kheti, "the films are not about the persona of Vidrohi, rather I attempt to use his poems as a kind of laboratory to test the tensile strength of resistance as a material of life."
In Nayi Kheti, the poems act as a witness to a relentless stream of images and sounds as the protagonists engage in a dizzying exchange of 'metaphysical, scientific and aesthetic ideas'. In contrast, Shabdkosh, the second film in the trilogy, occurs in the silences between poems; a contemplation of the need to be heard against the imperatives of forgetting. The final film, Long Hair, Short Ideas, is constructed around Vidrohi’s wife, her relationship to the radical movement of the 1970s in India, and her intimate experiences of domesticity, sexuality and labour. Throughout the trilogy, as Paul explores the contours of fantasy, resistance, politics and history she extricates the political from a language of nostalgia or mourning to get to the heart of resistance.
Pallavi Paul will be in conversation with writer Juliet Jacques following the screening.