Newborns | Film screening

Aug 17 202312:35pm-12:45pm

About the event

About the filmmaker: Megha Ramaswamy is a screenwriter, director and producer based in Mumbai. Her hybrid short documentary, Newborns premiered at TIFF’14 and was reviewed as the Best Film of Programme Four. Newborns has since travelled to numerous festivals like Clermont Ferrand, Films de Femmes, Byron Bay, Flicker Fest, Cinequest, Filmmor, and Human Rights Film Festival, Paris. Megha has also been a beneficiary of the prestigious Chicken & Egg Fund in collaboration with IDF for the film and for her work with the support group Stop Acid Attacks. Currently, she is a Berlin artist in residence for the year 2023.

About the film:  Laxmi Agarwal, a human rights activist and a survivor of acid violence, gazes back at us, as we contemplate together, the meaning of memory and loss. What does it mean to survivors of acid violence? What does it mean to people in their environment? What do concepts of ‘fear’, ‘power’, ‘innocence’ and ‘beauty’ mean to us? Newborns attempts to provide a lens to the survivors of acid violence. They take us through the ennui of their domestic and public spaces in a nameless dystopian city, its factories, houses and motels, and its promises, never honored.

Date: 17th August, 2023, Thursday | Time: 12:35 pm -12:45

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