Friday, October 7, 2016

Deepa Mehta’s 'Anatomy of Violence' at 18th Jio MAMI Festival

18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20th - 27th, 2016

Discovering India section 
 Opening Film
Deepa Mehta’s 'Anatomy of Violence'

2016, India-Canada, 93 min, Hindi

Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta goes into an experimental mode with ‘Anatomy of Violence’.

The film is a fictionalised slant on the brutal rape of a 23-year-old girl on a private bus in Delhi in December 2012. It holds the rapists accountable. But Mehta delves deeper.

In collaboration with theatre artist Neelam Mansingh, she has mentored a group of actors to improvise on the conditions that may have led to the crime. Each actor enacts scenes from early childhood to the time of the horrific incident. So does the victim, on the course of her life just before the crime. The film spotlights the harsh upbringing of the six assailants, which might also account for their shocking lack of remorse.

Interestingly, 'Anatomy of Violence’ does not show the rape itself. It fast forwards to the reaction of some of the culprits in jail and to others talking about them. Abandoning any trace of large-scale filming, Mehta uses handheld camera techniques, without music or special effects. This lends a raw, home-movie feel to the film.

'Anatomy of Violence’ goes beyond its content to depict the dehumanising process of economic deprivation and social alienation that shapes and induces violence. It, therefore, sees crime as a consequence of a patriarchal society. The film challenges its audience to examine, question and recognise that we are complicit.

You can catch the films in Discovering India 
and over 180 films from 54 countries including
 features, docs and  short films that will be 
showcased at Jio MAMI by registering for 
your delegate pass at this link: 

General Delegate •  Rs. 2000/- Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for General Delegates
Student Delegate •  Rs. 1600/- Festival Catalogue & Delegate Bag cost for Student Delegates

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star is India's premiere film festival. It showcases the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema and art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood, Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world.

The festival is conducted under the aegis of the Mumbai Academy of Moving (MAMI) and is a platform that is shorthand for excellence in cinema. It celebrates the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite a passion for movies. The 18th edition of the festival will be held from 20th-27th October, 2016.

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