India, 2010, 20 mins, 16 mm
Spot news! Jan Villa has won the Tiger Award for Short Films.
The citation states that in Jan Villa, the filmmaker succeeds in telling a deeply moving story that is at once, personal and universal. What begins as an outsider's point-of-view imperceptibly transforms to subjective camera. Through poetic images and notably without the use of voice-over, the filmmaker intimately reveals to us the soul of a city after devastation. In the 20-minute film the director recalls her impressions of the devastating floods in Mumbai in 2005 that engulfed the city. Her home Jan Villa was in a dilapidated state. The film is based on the personal recollections of the impact of the floods as part of her thesis submission for a Masters in Film and Video from the California Institute of Arts, USA. It is a tapestry of images that studies the space of a post-colonial metropolis, but in a way that deeply implicates the personal. The destruction wreaked by the floods becomes a telling and a dismantling of other devastations and the sanctuaries of family and home. In its structure, Jan Villa is a vortex, drawing to its centre all that surrounds it.
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