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EXCERPT: “… [Frederick Wiseman’s] latest film, in which he turns his patient eye on Jackson Heights, one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in New York City, which has a particularly large immigrant population from Latin America, South Asia and elsewhere. The film, “In Jackson Heights,” will have its world theatrical premiere at Film Forum in Manhattan on Wednesday.”
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Thanks to agyaat for sharing this — qalandar.
Excerpt: “…Khwada turns out to be an absorbing anthropological study of the nomadic community of herders known as the Dhangars. The movie follows one Dhangar family, which has traditionally earned its living raising goats. External pressures manifest themselves in the form of a crooked local politician, whose action of snatching away their goats earns the wrath of the younger son, a wrestler who is on the verge of being married.
Khwada opens across Maharashtra on October 22. The rustic Marathi spoken by the characters has necessitated subtitles, which also opens out the movie to non-Marathi audiences.”
COURTESY MATRKA / ™ KRISHNA On the day of Meera’s release, fans thronged theatres to see and listen to the young Subbulakshmi in the lead role.
“The world of Carnatic music, and its nerve centre, Chennai, is an intense, and intensely insular, world. Its norms of adherence, practice and evaluation are unforgiving. Through conversations, informal criticism, even hints, learned musicians and seniors, working in tandem with informed listeners, bestow various degrees of so-called classical value upon musicians. These value judgements become harsher as the popularity of a musician rises. Some of these musicians have publicly offered MS gestures of admiration, even adulation. Many use her performance techniques to enhance their own. But serious critical and technical appreciation has been rare. MS’s contemporaries, and even her juniors, have received weightier musical approval.
This was as true at the crest of her fame as it is now, over a decade after her death—and in this, her centenary year. Quintessential Carnatic connoisseurs and musicians differentiate between the real rasika, or aesthete, and the janata, who attend concerts to hear merely melodious music. The only praise that the hardcore section of this small universe bestows upon MS with honesty is that she had the most beautiful and pitch-perfect voice, and immaculate presentation skills. But let me make this clear: musicians don’t consider that combination a compliment. It usually means that there is nothing in the music to really write home about. I gather, from those close to her, that MS herself used to get quite upset when people only admired her voice—or worse, went on and on about the exquisite sari she was wearing.”
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Not a huge fan of this sort of piece, with its neat (perhaps even imaginary) “before/after” dichotomy, and its lack of any nuance in writing about popular cinema (not to mention the pretty explicit, and inaccurate, classist assumption that the upwardly mobile are leading this revolution; or the notion that being “in tune with the movements and language of global cinema” is the only respectable way — that way lies the illusion that we are telling new stories, about different people, but unfortunately the stories are increasingly being told in the same way the world over), but hey, can’t NOT post this :-) — Qalandar
EXCERPT: “At the Cannes Film Festival this year, “Masaan” won the Fipresci Prize, awarded by international critics, and the Promising Future Prize in the Un Certain Regard section, becoming the first Indian movie to receive two awards at Cannes since the Oscar-nominated “Salaam Bombay” in 1988. “Masaan” is the surest sign yet that a fresh crop of filmmakers is ushering Indian movies in a new direction in tune with the movements and language of global cinema.”
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Excerpt: “Directed, produced and written by Jamshed Mahmood Raza (Jami), ‘Moor’ is based on the decline of the railways system in Pakistan. ‘Moor’, a Pushto word which means mother, follows the tragic story a family pulled apart through corruption and circumstances out of their control. The film is set against the backdrop of the surreal landscapes and roads of Balochistan.”
Complete article HERE.