Bangalore International Centre had arranged screening of two documentary films “A Quiet Little Entry” and “Fragments of a Past” directed byDr. Uma Chakravarti on Friday, 20th, December. 2013 at 6.00 PM. Dr. Uma Chakravarti was present to interact with the audience for a Q & A session after the screening.
A Quiet Little Entry is a film about a woman on the fringes of history who lived through and participated like thousands of others, in the anti colonial struggles of the 1920s and 1930s in India but was forced to withdraw from active participation due to family circumstances since her husband worked for the colonial government.The film was shot on location in south India and uses archival material from both the public and the family archive to reconstruct the life of the protagonist and the times she lived in. It experimented with form as it did not use dialogue, evoked the protagonist through suggestion, but used photographs, camerawork, music and a voiceover to tell the story of the protagonist.
Fragments of a Past is an exploration of the way historical events shape women to become what they are through their own unique relationship to the world around them. It is about history and place of the individual in it, the emergence of the political persona and the birth of the resisting woman who spends her life as a politically active being, joining or leading various struggles—for fair wages, for working conditions and for rights, within and outside the home or whatever else it might be. It locates the life and work of a woman political activist in her everyday existence, the relationships she lives out at home and in her work, the struggles she is part of, and later in her evening years leads her to seek to recover her grandmother’s history for a different generation of women. In doing so she turns an archive of paper into the history of a woman’s failure to be what she wanted to be, in her own lifetime.
A large, appreciative audience interacted with Dr. Uma Chakravarti after the screening was over.