Two Flags & S.D. and his Times/ 12-13 February 2019/ Kriti Film Club specials @IHC, New Delhi

invites you for two days of documentary viewing in February 2019

Two Flags AND S.D. and his Times
12 - 13 February 2019
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110003

The films will be followed by a discussion with the film makers.

About the Films

12th February 2019
7 pm, Casuarina Hall, IHC

(86 mins/ English/ 2018)
by Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Two Flags chronicles the life and  politics of a quaint French town: Pondicherry (South India).  As the 4600 Tamil French people belonging to the Tamil  ethnic community, gear up for the French Presidential  elections (2017), the film explores the idea of identity,  citizenship and home in the post colonial era. ‘Two Flags’ is the outcome of interactions of  the filmmaker with the Tamil French people over 5 years.  It's a chronicle of a legacy that is not easily evident,  but manages to shine through ordinary events and occasional  mishaps, and which brings together this tiny population in celebration, in grief, in anxiety and in serene acceptance.  

13th February 2019
S.D. : Saroj Dutta and His Times
7 pm, Gulmohar Hall, IHC
(115 mins/ Bangla with English subtitles/ 2018)
by Kasturi Basu and Mitali Biswas
A communist poet and radical journalist, setting out to tell the story of the slain revolutionary Saroj Dutta (lovingly known as comrade S.D.), the film gets drawn into a vortex of his tumultuous times, tracing turns and twists of the communist movement in India over three decades. 

About the Film makers
After graduating from the FTII Pune, India, in  1992, with a specialisation in Film Editing, Pankaj Rishi Kumar was assistant editor on Sekhar Kapur's ‘Bandit Queen’.  After editing numerous documentaries and TV serials, he made his first film Kumar Talkies. Subsequently, Pankaj has become a one-man crew producing, directing, shooting and editing his own films under the banner of Kumar Talkies. (Pather Chujaeri, The Vote, Gharat, 3 Men and a Bulb, Punches n Ponytails, Seeds of Dissent, In God’s Land). His films have been screened at film festivals all over the world. He has won grants from Hubert Bals, IFA, Jan Vrijman, AND (Korea), Banff, Majlis, Sarai and Pankaj was awarded an Asia Society fellowship at Harvard Asia Centre (2003). He is an alumnus of Asian Film Academy (Pusan) and Berlin Talents (2016). Pankaj also curates and teaches. (

Kasturi Basu is a filmmaker, social activist, science researcher, occasional writer and editor based in Kolkata. She is a founder-member and film movement activist with the People’s Film Collective, and co-editor of 'Pratirodher Cinema', a magazine on cinema and counterculture. She has co-edited a volume 'Toward’s a People’s Cinema: Independent Documentary and its Audience in India' [2018]. S.D.: Saroj Dutta and His Times [2018] is her first feature-length documentary. Mitali Biswas is a filmmaker, social activist and worked as a freelance journalist. In the year 2015, she directed and produced a documentary film titled 'Identity Undisclosed' on the theme of sexual violence against women. At present, she is in the editorial board of 'Protibidhan', a magazine dedicated to women’s movements.

About the Kriti Film Club
This is an educational initiative of a not-for-profit organisation 'Kriti team'. The Kriti Film Club screens and shares documentary films on development, environment and socially relevant issues, in an effort to influence mindsets and behaviour towards an equitous, just and peaceful world. It also curates issue based film festivals and organises neighbourhood, school, college or institutional film shows. The Kriti Film Club has been screening documentaries regularly and independently since 2000 to promote 'thought-provoking cinema'.

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Preference given to old and differently abled audience

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