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An interactive solo, RIP is a woman’s personal, and political, narration full of satire and humour. It takes the audience into a journey, also their own, of emotions, opinions and questioning, of everyday and taken for granted conventionality of women’s lives, in individual, social, cultural and political milieus.
– RIP is an abbreviation used to wish well for the soul that no more occupies a human body. Interestingly, other meanings of the word are tear, split, shred, break, scratch, cleave. I stick to RIP as ‘restlessness in pieces’, a contrary context to its usual meaning. The performance is an inquiry into Rest in Peace itself. For a body that goes through so much restlessness in life, both within and outside in the world, how can there be Rest in Peace after death? Why can we not rest in peace while we are alive? How? By inquiring into our own restlessness, and releasing it out. It opens up an individual’s possibilities of living, where the focus is not on final product but rather on the person living, in that process.
This piece evolved in inquiring into performance, space and actor-spectator relationship, looking for its form and content.
— Performed by Savita Rani
About the performer:
Savita Rani is a graduate of National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi (2008), with specialization in acting. She started her theatre career in her native Rohtak, Haryana in 1999 with Jatan Natya Manch, a political and social theatre group. Savita also has a one-year diploma from Himachal Cultural Research Forum & Theatre Repertory & Academy.
Savita Rani has worked with eminent theatre personalities like and her work has given her opportunity to travel to countries like Peru, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand, and England. Besides, Savita has acted in many drama productions, and participated in many conferences, theatre festivals and workshops. She also participated in École Nomade workshop by Ariane Mnouchkine of Theatre du Soleil, France in Pondicherry. At present Savita Rani is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University.
Date & Time:
25th Nov | 7.30pm
Harkat Studios, Bungalow 75, Aram Nagar 2, Off JP Road, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai-400061, space.harkat.in
An an attempt to go “back to the basics”, Harkat in collaboration with LaborBerlin, brings to you an intensive advanced workshop for filmmakers spanning over two weeks. Participants will gain a hands-on experience of making a film ‘on film’ (16mm B&W reversal to be more precise), all under the guidance of German filmmaker Bernd Lützeler. This will include conceptualising, learning the fundamentals of film, cameras and their operation, hand developing film, manual editing with guillotine splicer – and a premiere at the closing day of the film festival.
Date & Time: 1st – 12th December
Tickets: 4000 INR
Harkat is back with the second edition of the 16mm film festival.
As we zoom past Instagram filters, automated editing apps on our phones and countless banal videos on our timeline, we want to reconnect with film as a medium. It seems almost utopian now, a time where film making was about ‘making’, meticulous and reserved for the select few patient enough to spend hours and hours on formulating a piece of art.
We want to relive the magic of churning a film through a projector onto a speckless cloth, evoking the tangible quality of the medium. We also want to keep a community of artists and makers, who have always been working with film, together and slowly rebuild, through community efforts, a lost infrastructure.
The 16mm Film Festival, conceived with a view of re-connecting with the cinematic medium through it’s celluloid history, drew an amazing response last year. We screened some very impressive works done on film and had workshops and contests facilitating the production of new work, all around and with 16mm film.
With very generous support from Kodak, the festival has worked its way through supporting infrastructure for filmmakers and artists who want to work on film since the past year. This year, the festival has gathered much more support from Kodak, industry professionals and most importantly, LaborBerlin, who Harkat is collaborating with to bring an experience to the city.
This year we open with a big night of a screening and follow through with workshops and screenings of other unseen works sprawling over three days at a selection of venues across the city.
The Harkat 16mm Film Festival is organised by Harkat, an alternative arts space and a film production company based in Mumbai and Berlin.
To submit your film: https://filmfreeway.com/Harkat16mmFestival
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A 2010 Indian Hindi coming-of-age drama film directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Udaan follows the story of seventeen year old Rohan, who returns home to his father after being in boarding school for eight years. Harkat is bringing this widely beloved cult classic to you straight from the source, the 35 mm film it was originally shot on, with a chance to meet and talk with the acclaimed director himself, all in a wonderful evening at the Films Division of India.
Date & Time: 14th December | 8pm
Tickets: 150 INR
Presenting an homage to film as a medium in collaboration with LaborBerlin.
Bernd Lützeler is an artist, filmmaker and a member of the artist-run filmlab LaborBerlin, a space where filmmakers can process, edit and copy their own films on 8 and 16mm celluloid film. His films have been shown at venues and festivals worldwide, including Centre Pompidou, Berlinale International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde and many more.
Harkat Studios is showcasing seven of Bernd’s works, all shot on celluloid film, and hosting the artist himself all packed into one lovely evening in our studio space.
Date & Time: 15th December | 8pm
Tickets: 100 INR
Date & Time: 16th December | 10AM-2PM
Tickets: 200 INR
Founded in London, 1999, Straight 8 is a global one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing short film competition. To put it more simply, you shoot as you would edit, following the sequences of your story, editing and cutting with the click with camera. There is no editing, no re-taking, and no colour grading, which means the first time the makers see it themselves, is with the audience.
Harkat Studios, in collaboration with Straight 8 filmmakers from around the world, is bringing you some of the best films of the format, (and undoubtedly one of the most difficult kinds to make) in an unforgettable edition called “Straight 8 says hello Mumbai”.
A CURATED SELECTION OF STRAIGHT8 FILMS WILL BE SHOWN AT THE CLOSING NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL:
16TH DECEMBER AT 8PM @ HARKAT STUDIOS