Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Peristence Resistance 2012


Peristence Resistance 2012
9 - 17 February 2012, Delhi

An attempt at bringing together the documentary, the documentary filmmaker and the audience to collectively create and define public cultures.
The 5th edition of Persistence Resistance will screen award winning, rarely seen films, and present a myriad ways of engaging with them.


Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show
Dir: Mamta Murthy
I am Your Poet
Dir: Nitin K. Pamnani

The Immoral Daughters in the Land of Honour
Dir: Nakul Singh Sawhney

Don't Cut Off My Head
Dir: Somnath Batabyal, Matti Pohjonen, Kazimuddin Ahmed & Pradip Saha

A Brush with Life
Sujata Kulshrestha


Bitter Seeds
Dir: Micha X. Peled

At the Stairs
Dir: Rajesh S. Jala

This is the Day
Dir: Kersti Uibo

Animation Films by Sarnath Banerjee


Living Like a Common Man
Dir: Mario Rutten, Sanderien Verstappen and Isabelle Makay
Two Tales of Modikhana
Dir: Gouri Patwardhan

A Pestering Journey
Dir: K. R. Manoj

A Doctor to Defend
Dir: Minnie Vaid


In-depth conversations, Q&As and discussions with filmmakers will traverse different terrains in documentary form and practice.

Sanjay Kak in conversation with director Amlan Datta

Anupama Srinivasan
in conversation with director Kersti Uibo

Bhaskar Sarkar
in conversation with director Mamta Murthy and producer Madhusree Dutta

Detailed Q&A with director Sameera Jain, moderated by Ira Bhaskar

Rahul Roy
in conversation with director R. V. Ramani

Panel discussion with director Mario Rutten on his film Living Like a Common Man
Panelists: Nivedita Ghosh and Dr. Sanjay Srivastava

Other Cinemas in India: Production and Piracy, Circulation and Censorship 
A Panel Discussion following the Premiere of Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show at the Arts Faculty, Delhi University North Campus
Panelists: Lawrence Liang, Ravi Sundaram and director Mamta Murthy. Moderator: Brinda Bose

Filmmakers to be present for post-screening Q&A
Avijit Mukul Kishore, Gouri Patwardhan, Ishani K. Dutta, Kersti Uibo, Mamta Murthy, Merajur Rahman Baruah, Minnie Vaid, Nakul Singh Sawhney, Nitin K Pamnani, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Pradip Saha, R. V. Ramani, Sameera Jain, Sarnath Banerjee, Sohaila Kapur, Sujata Kulshreshtha.

Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak following the screening of Bitter Seeds, with director Micha X. Peled joining in on skype.


The festival will pay homage to Lucia Rikaki, Homai Vyarawalla and Tareque Masud- image-makers of immense fortitude.

Homage to Lucia Rikaki by Magic Lantern
Homage to Homai Vyarawalla by Sabeena Gadihoke
Homage to Tareque Masud by Shohini Ghosh


Elusive Truth, Evolving Medium: Evaluating Contemporary Political Documentary

Curated by Rattanamol Singh Johal, Presented in collaboration with Khoj-IFA
at Queens Gallery, British Council

A Visual tribute to Homai Vyarawalla
by Sabeena Gadihoke
at India International Centre


Along with screenings in auditorium, films will also be played in simulated video parlours, in a multi hub video library and as installations, encompassing linear, circulatory, on-demand and transitory ways of screening and viewing.

Dedicated video parlours will present curated selections from film archives of: 

Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA), Germany

Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, India


9 - 11 February
British Council
17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001

10 February
Arts Faculty, Delhi University North Campus
Room No. 22

12 - 15 February
India International Centre
40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi 110003

17 February
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001


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State Food Ministers Meet to Discuss Reforms in PDS

State Food Ministers Meet to Discuss Reforms in PDS
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has convened a meeting of State Food & Agricultural Ministers to discuss reforms in PDS. Improvement in Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), procurement of foodgrains and enhancement of storage capacity in view of proposed National Food Security Act are also in the agenda of the meeting.

Two-day conference, to be held on February 8 & 9, 2012 in New Delhi, will be inaugurated by Shri Pranab Mukherji and will be addressed by Agriculture Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas. Senior officials of various Central ministries, Planning Commission and UIDAI will also participate during the Conference.

Issue of additional requirement of foodgrain production, procurement, required storage capacity and quality control will be discussed in detail with the respective stakeholders during the meeting. The Government is working on improving procurement infrastructure and optimization of storage and transportation cost and losses. It is also considering committed transportation system for speedy movement of foodgrains to consuming states from procurement centres. Direct payments to the farmers to encourage procurement is also being adopted. State Governments will be requested to identify steps to further strengthen these efforts during the discussions.

The Government has launched computerization of PDS end to end, some pilot projects have already been completed successfully and in some States significant progress has been made in issuing of biometric cards, identification of beneficiaries for various categories and elimination of bogus ration cards. The Conference will discuss further strengthening these efforts and linking it with UIDAI.

Senior officials from Ministry of Women & Child Development, Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Department of School Education and Literacy, Department of Economic Affairs, National Advisory Council and Planning Commission will also make presentations during the meet.

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