Residing in the Borderlands
MONTHLY FILM SERIES: TAKE VI
06.11.2019 18:30 (Doors) // 19:00 (Screening)
Please note that because of the length of the film we will begin at 19:00 sharp
WITH Rita Sonal Panjatan
ENTRY Free – donations welcome
LANGUAGES Event in English
Shree 420. Raj Kapoor. 1955. 168 minutes. (Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles)
Followed by a discussion
For the sixth session of our film series Residing in the Borderlands we are thrilled to have Rita Sonal Panjatan with us to present a film connecting her memories of growing up in her father’s mime school in Berlin and the changes to the city after reunification. Rita was born in West Berlin in the 1980s. Her cultural influences were shaped by her German mother’s love for classical European culture and her Indian father’s background as a mime-artist with roots in Indian cinema of the 1950s and 60s.
She explains her choice of film as follows:
“Shree 420 is a milestone of Indian cinema. The style mirrors Italian ‘Neorealismo’, and it unfolds as a parable of belonging, classism, morality and the hope for a better society. Centered around a Chaplinesque figure of the ‘Tramp’, the film has become iconic across Asia, Russia and the Middle East since its premiere in 1955. It stands today as one of the finest films from the fabled ‘Golden Age’ of Bollywood. During my childhood its songs and themes blended with my personal experience of Berlin, the persona of the 'Tramp' blurring with memories of my own father and his identity as a mime and an eternal migrant in a city full of artists.”
Rita Sonal Panjatan is a researcher and artist. She was first trained in Berlin as a classical singer, before moving to London to study social sciences at SOAS and at the LSE. After returning to Berlin, she worked on various film projects as an actress, director, and production assistant. Currently she is a researcher for the ‘Culture Coaches’ project at the Zohre Esmaeli Foundation in Berlin. Prior to that, she has worked at Transparency International and the Barenboim Said Akademie. Her interests lie in exploring the interconnections and expressions of culture, art and belonging, as well as the historical and economic foundations that underwrite the systems we operate in.
Our monthly film series RESIDING IN THE BORDERLANDS intends to create a new cartography of Berlin through diasporic perspectives. As part of our diasporic place-making, we will explore different film-worlds, considering both the visual and the auditory. Through the cinematic experience, we aspire to reach another way of being present, thinking of film as a form of movement that can also propel us into previously unthought of futures.
To this end, we will invite twelve speakers, each from a different diasporic community, and with occupations within and beyond the cultural sector, to choose a film that represents their experience moving through the city. As we unearth the diasporic polyphony in which we live, spaces that may be just a facade at the edge of our peripheral vision, become concrete places embodied by the experiences of the individuals who inhabit it.
CURATORS Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Eirini Fountedaki
COORDINATION Jörg-Peter Schulze
COMMUNICATION Anna Jäger
GRAPHIC DESIGN Ola Zielińska
The film series is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.