48 films from 13 countries will be screened (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Myanmar, United Kingdom, USA), that span the gamut of the arts: visual and performing arts, traditional arts and crafts, design and architecture, communities & culture and animation. The films are fiction, documentaries and animations. Several films showcase Odisha’s incredible artistic traditions and living heritage.
Some of the films to look out for include:
Opening film: Gurrumul, by Paul Damien Williams, Australia
An emotive portrait of one Australian’s most important musicians, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community. This award-winning film premiered at the Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival).
Closing film: Raghu Rai: an Unframed Portrait, by Avani Rai, India
A personal insight into one of the world’s most celebrated photographers, directed by his daughter Avani Rai. The film becomes a portrait not only of a passionate photographer, but also of a father-daughter relationship in which the camera is a source of both connection and friction.
Raghu Rai has recently won the first edition of the most prestigious Photography Award of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. He will be present during the screening.
Other highlights include:
HUMAN’s Music, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, composed by Armand Amar, France
Stunning portraits and aerial photography of people, culture and nature by acclaimed French environmentalist, journalist and photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, emphasized by composer Armand Amar’s award-winning compositions. A unique, contemplative journey.
Cara de Diablo, directed by Mariano Rentería Garnica, Mexico.
This beautiful film shows the work of Mexican master craftsman, Felipe Horta, who keeps alive the tradition of handcrafted ‘devil face’ masks for Mexican nativity dances.
Katatjatuuk Kangirsumi (Throat Singing in Kangirsuk), directed by Manon Chamberland and Eva Kaukai, Canada, in collaboration with Wapikoni Mobile.
This film on the Canadian indigenous community of Inuits is a short experimental film with haunting throat singing as the musical score. It premiered as part of the Sundance Shorts Selections.
The Heartbeats of Memory, directed by Nono, UK.
This experimental film shot with a Super 8 camera by award-winning London-based director, Nono, is the winner of the Gold British Media Award 2018.
Olafur Eliasson: Become Your Own Navigator, by Art21, USA, Germany.
Working with elements such as light, colour, and reflection, internationally renowned Nordic artist Olafur Eliasson invites viewers to project their own subjective context onto the reading of his artwork.
Mythological Time, by Sun Xun, China.
Sun Xun is one of the most exciting younger artists on the international arena. He creates unique animation films that combine Chinese style paintings with hundreds of wood-cut blocks and thousands of hand-draw frames. His film will be proceeded by a video artist profile produced by the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Architect Santiago Calatrava, directed by Alexandra Liveris, USA.
A rare and intimate view into the world of eminent architect Santiago Calatrava. The film explores the Spanish visionary’s perspective as both an artist and architect.
Decoding Shankar, by Deepti Sivan, India
A personality sketch of the innovative singer Shankar Mahadevan, who explored both the classical and the commercial musical worlds.
Legacy of a Painter, by Nutan Manmohan, India
The poignant film looks at the artistic journey of the famed tribal Gond artist, Jangarh Singh Shyam. A journey that took him from rural India to international galleries and to a tragic end.
Shot Awake: The Making of Changlangshu's New Log Drum, by Anungla Zoe Longkumer, India
A unique documentation of a rare and fascinating tradition of the Konyak tribe in Nagaland of creating a drum from a massive tree log. Director and author, Anungla Zoe Longkumer will be present after her screening at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), 2020.
Songs for Babasaheb, by Aranya Sahay, India
Indian Jurist and social reformer B.R. Ambedkar often spoke of the power of poetry and art in his speeches. His emphasis on arts spread both a message of equality and a deep tradition of reading and writing poetry and music in Dalit households across Maharashtra.
Through the Eyes of an Artist, by Abhishek Swain
The legendary Gotipua guru, Birabara Sahoo, dedicated his life to the ancient Odissi dance form. He reminisces on how he found Gotipua, the impact of his mentor on his practice and how he evolved as an artist. The director will be present.
Shrikshetra Ru Sahijata, by Ashutosh Pattnaik
Keeping a centuries-old tradition alive, Shrikshetra (Puri Dham), hosts the festival of Sahi Jata which blends spirituality and folk theatre. The director will be present.
Kabir Ke Julahe, by Pankaja Sethi, India
The film captures the weaving tradition of the Panika community from Kotpad (Odisha) and Bastar (Chattisgarh). Panikas claim to be disciples of Kabir, the 15th century saint and poet who preached humanity and union of Ram and Rahim. Kabir was a Julaha- weaver. Panika continue the legacy of weaving. The director will be present.