Social Justice Film Festival - Goethe-Institut Auditorium, Chennai


Social Justice Film Festival 

Jointly organised by MARUPAKKAM and Goethe Institute, Chennai 

Curated by Amudhan R.P.


14-16 September10 am to 8 pm @ Goethe Institute, Chennai
Film screenings, music, songs, dance, poetry reading, photo exhibition and panel discussion


Screening Schedule 
Day 1: 14 SeptemberThursday 
10 am  
  • Inauguration
  • Songs by Dalit Subbiah and team
  • Inaugural address: Pralayan, playwright/director
  • Felicitation by Someetharan, filmmaker, Kiruba Munusamy, advocate
  • Key note address: Dr.Swarnavel, filmmaker /writer/teacher, Michigan State University
11 am  
  • Sikkidre Shikari, Illdidre Bhikari (Bird Trapper or Beggar!) Dir: Vinod Raja; 79 min; Kannada and Vaagri Boli with English Subtitles
12:20  
  • Interaction with MD Muthukumaraswamy, folklorist Vinod Raja, filmmaker Madhu Bhusan, co -producer / activist Kumudha Susheel, member of Hakki Pikki Community
12:50  
  • Inauguration of Photo Exhibition- curated by Amirtharaj Stephen

1:00 Lunch break
2:00  
  • Nuclear Hallucinations, Dir: N.Fatima; 54 min; Tamil with English subtitles
2:55  
  • Interaction with Dr.SP Udhayakumar, activist
3:25  
  • 18 Feet, Dir: Renjit Chellur; 77 min; Malayalam with English subtitles
4:45  
  • Interaction with Prince Ennares Periyar, filmmaker
5:15  
  • Invoking Justice, Dir: Deepa Dhanraj; 86 min; Tamil with English subtitles
6:45  
  • Interaction with Sherifa, activist, Sudha Ramalingam, advocate
7:15  
  • Paraiyattam by Buddhar Kazhai Kuzhu



Day 2 : 15 SeptemberFriday 

10 am  
  • Yaadhum, Dir: Kombai Anwar; 56 min; Tamil with English subtitles
11:00  
  • Interaction with Kombai Anwar
11:30  
  • Nicobar, a long way, Dir: Richa Hushing; 65 min; Nicobarese, Hindi and English
12:35  
  • Interaction Vinod Kaligai, activist, Sajit Attapuram, activist

1:00 Lunch break
2:00  
  • The Hunt - Dir: Biju Toppu; 40 min; Chhattisgarhi, Hindi, English
2:40  
  • Interaction with Prof A Marx
3:10  
  • I am Bonnie, Dir: Farha Katun,Satarupa Santra, Saurabh Kanti Dutta; 45 min; Bengali with English subtitles
  • Interaction with Living Smile Vidhya, theatre practitioner 
4:20  
  • Seruppu (Footwear), Dir: Amudhan R.P.; 64 min; Tamil with English subtitles
5:20  
  • Interaction with Fr.Kumar, activist, Vijialakshmi, journalist, Vijay Anand, media person, Maga Tamizh Prabarakaran, filmmaker
6:00  
  • Social Justice and Films – special talk by Dr. Binitha Thampi, IIT Madras
6:30  
  • Poetry Reading: Moderated by Sa Vijayalakshmi, journalist
  • Poems by, Kavin Malar, journalist / writer, Ra The Muthu, writer, Tha Jeevalaksmi, advocate, Era Suryadoss, writer
7:30  
  • Man Puzhu Manithargal – designed and directed by Bagu and Arunmozhi; written by Konangi

Day 3: 16 SeptemberSaturday 

10 am  
  • Accsex, Dir: Shweta Ghosh; 52 min; Hindi and English
11:00  
  • Interaction with Aiswarya Rao, activist
11:20  
  • Our Family, Dir: Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar; 56 min; Tamil with English subtitles
12:20  
  • Interaction with Ranjani Murthy, researcher / activist
12:45  
  • Short films by Jeyachandra Hashmi
  • To Let (2:40 min)
  • Kalavu (1:47 min)
12:50  
  • Interaction with Hashmi
1:00 Lunch break
2:00  
  • Death of a River, Dir: RR Srinivasan; 60 min; Tamil with English subtitles
3:00  
  • Interaction with RR Srinivasan, filmmaker and Yazhan Aathi, poet
3:20  
  • Kakkoos, Dir: Divya Bharathi; 108 min; Tamil with English subtitles
5:10  
  • Interaction with Divya Bharathi, filmmaker; Suseela Anand, activist
5:30  
  • The Unbearable Being of Lightness, Dir: Ramachandra PN; 45 min; English
  • Interaction with Amshan Kumar, filmmaker
6:30  
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Felicitations: 
                    Salma, poet
                    Sukirtharani, poet
                    Bava Chelladurai, writer
                    Aloor Shanavas, filmmaker / activist
  • Special lecture by Venkatesh Chakravarthy - Dean, Media Studies, SRM University
  • Celebrating Poramboke – music, films and talk with Nityanand Jeyaraman, activist/researcher


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