Symposium on South Asian documentary film trends held at UoH
A three-day symposium on ‘South Asian Documentary: Trajectories and Trends’ was organised by the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, between March 13 and 15
HYDERABAD: A three-day symposium on ‘South Asian Documentary: Trajectories and Trends’ was organised by the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, between March 13 and 15 on the University campus. The event was supported by UoH's Institution of Eminence (IoE) project.
The symposium simultaneously hosted a film festival curated by ‘Travelling Film South Asia’ (TFSA), a travelling version of the prestigious Film South Asia headquartered in Kathmandu. Seven selected films from TFSA 22, including the award-winning documentary ‘Taangh/Longing’ by Bani Singh of India and ‘This Stained Dawn’ by Anam Abbas of Pakistan, were screened during this time. Films from Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were also shown at the festival.
Panel discussions were also hosted on the trajectories taken by documentary practitioners in South Asian countries. These deliberations emphasized the specific socio-political contexts, latest trends, cross-country collaborations and future possibilities open to independent documentary practitioners and audiences in the subcontinent.
Professors Anjali Monteiro, KP Jayasankar, Sumathy Sivamohan (Sri Lanka), Vinod Pavarala, Usha Raman, Sathya Prakash and Anjali Lal Gupta, along with filmmakers Bani Singh, Sai Kyaw Khaing (Myanmar), RP Amudhan, Somnath Waghmare and Ajay Noronha were invited to take part in the discussions.
Documentary students of the Department also interacted with the filmmakers on the sidelines of the symposium, discussing camerawork, preparatory research and thematic subjects.