FD-zone London is pleased to announce an evening of rare non-fiction and animation films from the archive of Films Division, India, curated and presented by Peter Sutoris, author of the pioneering new book Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948-1975. Sutoris spent five years researching the FD’s vast archives, known for its films’ formal and thematic uniqueness, to produce the first scholarly book on the history of Indian documentary. He will introduce his ground-breaking project and new discoveries within the archive through screenings of a range of his favourite films (full shorts and extracts), including many never before shown in the UK. These will include the delightfully ironic The Case of Mr. Critic (Ravi Prakash, 1954) – a short commentary on the post-independence development narrative – and two films directed by the celebrated documentarian SNS Sastry – “Burning Sun”( 1973) an incisive interrogation of official poverty alleviation programme, as well as the now iconic comment on the twentieth anniversary of Indian independence, I am 20 (1967).
Peter Sutoris will introduce the session and will be joined after the screenings by Professor Ira Bhaskar, Cinema Studies Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for a discussion and audience Q&A, chaired by Professor Rosie Thomas, University of Westminster.
Copies of Peter Sutoris’ book, Visions of Development, published by Hurst and OUP, will be available at the venue at a generous discount.
Visions of Development
Time and date : 6.00pm to 8.00 pm, Thursday 13th October 2016 (drinks from 7.30 pm)
Venue: Fyvie Hall
309 Regent St. London, W1B 2HW, GB
About Films Division
Established in 1948, Films Division India is one of the largest documentary, experimental and short film-producing units in the world. It has an archive of more than 8000 titles, which chronicle the story of independent India through diverse narratives. FD-zone London brings this archive into conversation with contemporary independent films through a programme of regular screenings and discussions curated by film scholars.
Peter Sutoris, born in Slovakia, is a scholar of development, a documentary filmmaker and an educator. He is the director and producer of The Undiscovered Country, a film about education, development and environmental degradation in the Marshall Islands. He has lived and worked in South Asia, the Pacific, the Balkans and South Africa. A History graduate of Dartmouth College, he is currently a Gates Scholar at the Education Faculty of Cambridge University. His current research focuses on cross-cultural scalability of development interventions, with a focus on environmental education programs.
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