July 1, 2008
THE SEAGULL LIBRARY RE-OPENS AT THE BOOKSTORE PREMISES
July 6 – 19, 2008
Exhibition of Photographs by Martine Franck, Tim Hall and Swapan Nayak
August 16 – 24, 2008
A Festival of Films and Video Art from China
An eclectic mix of fifteen award winning features and documentaries including a selection of films by Zhangke Jia one of the most renowned of these film makers.
2 August – 13 August, 2008
Jasmeen Patheja an exhibition of photographs
August 28 – September 6, 2008
AN EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURES
By Venkat Bothsa
September 24 – October 3, 2008
An exhibition of black and white photographs of Jazz musicians by
20 October – 29, 2008
Heresies, a retrospective of Pedro Meyer
An exhibition will open simultaneously in nearly 60 locations around the world in October 2008.
November 1 – 30, 2008
The exhibition of the works of Suranjan Basu (1957- 2001)
November 5, 2008
The Aftermath of War
By Jean Paul Satre
The book was released by Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, followed by a dramatized reading of excerpts from the book by Jayant Kripalani.
November 7,8,9, 2008
December 5 – 13, 2008
EXHIBITION OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHAHID DATAWALA
December 8 – 15
FROM THE VANISHING POINT
an exhibition of paintings by
December 12 and 13, 2008
Open Space-Seagull Film Festival
SHORT FILMS ON HIV/AIDS
A 2-day film festival for young audiences across India exploring the issue of HIV/AIDS.
Curated by Open Space, a civil society and youth outreach programme active in Pune, Kolkata, Lucknow and Ranchi, the festival was addressed at a squarely middle class audience, about how HIV can and does affect you and me.
The package included short films by popular and accomplished filmmakers Mira Nair, Farhan Akhtar, Santosh Sivan and Vishal Bhardwaj (made with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Superstars Prabhudeva, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Shiney Ahuja, Ayesha Takia, Boman Irani and others put their heavyweight audience draw behind the project, hoping to change minds and save lives.
Starring: Sameera Reddy, Shiney Ahuja, Raima Sen, Irfan Khan
Using AIDS as the great class leveler, Mira Nair directs a powerful story linking urban and rural India.
Some Burning Questions
30 min, DVD, 2006
Directed by: Abhijit Dasgupta
Through candid interviews with HIV+ patients in Kolkata, we get an insight into their lives and their struggle against social stigma and discrimination
Prarambha (The Beginning)
Starring: Prabhu Deva
Renowned director Santosh Sivan expertly deals with society’s prejudices against people with AIDS through the journey of a young boy’s search for his mother.
Starring: Siddharth Suryanarayan, Ayesha Takia, Pankaj Kapoor
Award-winning director Vishal Bhardwaj follows the journey of a young man from a positive HIV diagnosis to the eye-opening conclusion.
27 mins, DVD, English, 2006
Directors: KP Jayasankar and Anjali Monteiro
Co-produced by Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Norwegian Church Aid, this film looks at multiple ways of transmission of the HIV virus, including unsafe medical and cosmetic practices.
Starring: Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani
One of India’s most prominent young directors Farhan Akhtar shows a family coping with AIDS and reveals the courage they bring to overcome the tragedy.
December 26, 2008
THE SALT STORIES
A film by Lalit Vachani
In 1930, a group of Indians led by a frail, elderly man marched for 241 miles.
They marched for salt. Mahatma Gandhi was able to craft an anti-colonial, nationalist movement around a basic issue of livelihood: the right of Indians to make and consume their own salt.
77 years later, the Wide Eye Film team followed the trail of the famous Dandi Salt March, in search of Gandhi’s legacy. Set against the backdrop of Gandhi’s original journey, this is a road-movie about issues of livelihood in modern, globalizing India. It is a documentary about ‘the salt stories’ of our times.