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Zeal for Unity: Jeewan Hathi || Silvat

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SATURDAY, OCT 22nd, 2016 || 6PM || CARCO THEATRE

In lieu of current events, there is no better time than now to start the conversation between India and Pakistan. We believe art and film can bridge this gap. Zee Cinema has started an initiative – Zeal for Unity – to do just that!

SILVAT: A young girl Noor, whose husband works in the Middle East and has not visited her for long time and in between waiting for her husband, Noor falls for someone else.

JEEWAN HATHI: A satire and black comedy on the world of media and its manufactured reality with absolutely no bearing on anything except ratings. Thriving on daily controversy and sensationalism, this film follows a symbolic tale of how the media generates and creates conflict in society.

Followed by a provocative panel discussion with filmmakers and those who know the industry up close and personal.

Panelists:
Harune Massey (Filmmaker, Gardaab)
Shaunak Sen (Filmmaker, Cities of Sleep)
Alka Kurian (Professor of Film Studies, University of Washington Bothell)

Moderators:
Smeeta Hirani
Rajiv Kommineni

 JEEWAN HATHI

Directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi                                                              jeewan-hathi
Run time: 55 mins
Language: Urdu (with English subtitles)
Country: Pakistan
Year: 2016

Synopsis
A satire and black comedy on the world of media and its manufactured reality with absolutely no bearing on anything except ratings. Thriving on daily controversy and sensationalism, this film follows a symbolic tale of how the media generates and creates conflict in society.

DIRECTORS’ BIOS

meenu-farjadThe collaborative achievements of Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nadi are well-known in the world of critically acclaimed cinema. Meenu, a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of London, found the scope of a flourishing creative partnership with Farjad, an award-winning documentary director. Together they directed ‘Zinda Bhaag’, a movie based on the theme of illegal immigration. The film went on to become one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films and won many accolades and recognition including an official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.


SILVAT

DET1Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Run time: 47mins
Language: Hindi/Urdu (with English subtitles)
Country: India
Year: 2016

Synopsis
Noor has been living by herself for the last five years after her husband takes up a job abroad in the first week of their marriage. She seldom hears from him; sometimes through a letter, a rare phone call or through the money he sends her every 3 months or so. Her married life is nothing more than a never-ending wait for her husband to return to her someday. Until one fateful day she realizes that she has fallen in love with a much younger man, a tailor named Anwar. Her feelings are reciprocated but Anwar fails to see the unspoken love she harbors for him, and thinks his love will remain unrequited. Thus he does his best not to exhibit his feelings in front of her. Can she keep up with the role of playing a devout wife to her husband or will she give in to the lover she yearns for with every passing moment?

DIRECTOR’S BIO

DIRTanuja Chandra is an Indian film director and writer. She is known as screenwriter Yash Chopra’s hit Dil To Pagal Hai and for frequently directing woman-oriented films where the heroines are the main protagonists of her films, notably Dushman and Sangharsh. Recent films were Zindaggi Rocks, starring Sushmita Sen. Her most recent film was Hope and a Little Sugar, was shot entirely in English in the US. In early 2016, her next film project Silvat was announced, which stars Kartik Aaryan