In India you see colourful signboards everywhere. What happens when some signboard painters try their hand at the classic art genre of sitting portraits? The film follows an exhibition, Healers of Dharavi, held in Mumbai in March, 2015. Dharavi is variously said to be the largest slum in India, Asia or even the world. The exhibition featured portraits of local healers who offer an astounding range of formal and informal treatments. The film offers a unique insight into how people live, work and struggle to stay well in the most challenging circumstances.
Healers of Dharavi was part of Wellcome Collection’s Medicine Corner programme in India.
HEALERS OF DHARAVI:
Dr. S.M. Merchant, General Practitioner
Dr. Renu Marwah, Acupuncturist & Naturopath
Mohamed Salim, Bone Setter
Mahalingam Nadar, Pulse Doctor
Dr.Poonam Talreja, Homeopath
Azim Kazi, Faith Healer
Block, block prints, mental blocks... Unblock. What are the moments that form darkness and light in our lives? "Unblock" charts the journey between jammed-up living and bliss. Wood block prints and designs get meshed here with shadow play, and a medley of metaphors. The mind is imprinted with recollections much as the silhouettes in this film, who move with the hope of annulling the lull in life, letting go and getting lost, Living in the fine line between childlike ecstasy and dancing in the dark.
Surf on this tide of associations and patterns; uncork the bottle; unblock your mind.
This video is devised as a part of a textile art installation of wooden block prints to be displayed at the Dharavi Biennale in 2015.
What eludes her? Something she has lost or what she cannot find?
‘Sparrow's tears’ is an attempt to use digital video creatively to bring to mind images and emotions of a little girl
and water. There are no 'calls to action' for the audience; at the most it is just a simple, small post-it.
- Public Service Communication Silver, Indian Documentary Producer's Association Awards, 2005
- Talent Campus India. 7th Osian's Film Festival, 2005, Delhi
A quick look at the brass bands of Ahmedabad, India beating their hearts out for the marriage season. As they whiz from wedding to wedding, bright shiny uniforms drape anonymity even as an extremely loud cacophony drowns silences away.
‘Bhugol’ may literally translate to geography but it also directly states that the world is a sphere. The quest for one man to find the edge of the earth is the escape of another. Yet this journey itself is a scenic and timeless humanscape which reflects and blends into the vast geography it navigates.
- Kara International Film Festival, Karachi, Pakistan, 2006
- Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2006
- Vikalp Mumbai screening of Select Student Films, India, 2006