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UCLA Film & Television Archive and Los Angeles Filmforum present

Experimenta India

Experimenta India
June 28, 2017 - 7:30 pm
artists Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel.

Los Angeles Filmforum members receive free admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!

With support from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles Filmforum and UCLA Film & Television Archive are thrilled to welcome guest artists-curators Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel from India with an incredibly rare selection of contemporary and historical Indian experimental films.  “Our complex history of experimenting with film has created a fragmented and yet influential filmmaking culture, with its own traditions and modernity.  This program will present some rarely seen films by artists who have lived and worked on the periphery of the Indian film industry.” —Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel.

For information about a second related program on June 26, please visit

Program and notes by Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia.
Camera Threat  (2017)

Somewhere in the dreary nooks of Mumbai's film industry, Camera Threat explores the ambivalent relationship this film city has with the moving image. Seated on a casting couch, two actors are getting stuck in impromptu conversations on the side effects of a world that no longer bothers to tell facts from fiction.
DCP, color, 29 min.  Dir: Bernd Lützeler.
An Old Dog's Diary  (2015)

An Old Dog’s Diary assembles, in puzzle-piece evocations, a portrait of an artist. The film links fragments of his writings, letters and drawings that are charged with memories of an unsettled life.
DCP (from 16mm/Super 8), b/w, 12 min.  Dir: Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia.
Noon Day Dispensary  (2014)

Filmed at the government run free dispensary at Savda-Ghevra Resettlement Colony in Delhi, as part of a fellowship exploring urban resettlement, this video was amongst several others that were produced spontaneously, attempting to reclaim the style and philosophies of cinema vérité. Through the ‘performance’ of the filmmaker and her frame, it bears witness to a moment in the transition between being illegal occupants of the city, to being legally resettled, and the range of negotiations and subjectivities that accompanies this shift.
Digital, color, sound, 27 min.  Dir: Priya Sen.
I Am 20  (1967)

Twenty years after India's independence, the filmmaker travels across the country and interviews its youth, those born in 1947. What does independence mean to them? What are their dreams?
Digital (from 35mm), b/w, sound, 20 min.  Dir: S.N.S. Sastry.
Total running time: 88 min