Gulabi Gang (the documentary)
Please do not confuse this documentary about the feminist movement in rural India with the Bollywood fiction take on it.
Gulabi Gang shows Sampat Pal, the founder of the pink stick movement, at her brightest, most humane and hardest situations. The precisely constructed edit (Arjun Gourisaria) condenses her path this far, and elevates the piece into an allegory of the feminist movement in India. The camera (Rakesh Haridas) is invisible until it lets us breath some beauty, or unless the voice of the director appears. Nishtha Jain has short and appropriate interventions when the position of a character needs to be clarified, or when her right to observe is endangered.
Sometimes people ask me what my favorite Hindi movie is… I often ask if Bengali movies count. Now I can answer.
Every thursday evening, Pappu Saeen (one of the most recognized percussionist in Pakistan) plays the dhool for hours at the tomb of Shah Jamal.
Hash is consumed smoking 1 cigarette in each gap between the fingers, and everyone shares joints and tea.
It is, nonetheless, upstairs where we find the most interesting scene. His brother, Goonga Sain, a deaf-mute, plays the dhool only by vibrations.
Three dancers don’t stop their trance, twirling their heads or spinning in circles.
Excuse the rather noisy chiaroscuro picture, something to be experienced
Cinema is a time-constrained art. Cinematography is serial.
Orson Welles, never considered film as a plastic object but rather as a duration, something which unwinds like a ribbon; he has defined film as “a ribbon of dreams.” - François Truffaut
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