WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2016, 6.30 PM
AVEEK SEN
MACHINES AND EMOTIONS
ENCOUNTERS IN SOME BODIES OF WORK BY DAYANITA SINGH

Introduced by Urs Stahel, MAST PhotoGallery curator
A writer and critic of art, literature, and music, Aveek Sen is Associate Editor of “The Telegraph”, Kolkata. He has studied English Literature at University College, Oxford, and has lectured in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Infinity Award for Writing on Photography from the International Center of Photography, New York (2009). He has written extensively on Dayanita Singh and contributed texts to her books.

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2016, 6.30 PM
SUNIL KHILNANI
INCARNATIONS
HISTORICAL INDIVIDUALS AND POLITICAL AND ECONOMICAL MYTHS IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA

Introduced by Urs Stahel, MAST PhotoGallery curator
Sunil Khilnani is holder of the Avantha Chair and Director of the India Institute at King’s College, London. Born in New Delhi, he grew up in India, Africa, and Europe. His research interests lie at the intersection of various fields: intellectual history and the study of political thought, the history of modern India, the politics of contemporary India, and strategic thought in the definition of India’s place in the world. His most recent book is Incarnations: India in 50 Lives (2016), which accompanies his 50-part podcast and radio series broadcast on BBC Radio4 in 2015-2016.

WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2016, 6.30 PM
MARCO BAZZOCCHI / FRANCO FARINELLI
INDIA THROUGH THE EYES OF TRAVELERS AND WRITERS

Conversation
Marco Bazzocchi, Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Bologna, is a literary critic and essayist, appointed by the Rector as delegate for cultural initiatives.
Franco Farinelli, Professor at the University of Bologna, is Head of Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies and teaches Geography of Communication and Geography and Cognition of European Territories at the School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 2016, 6.30 PM
GERHARD STEIDL / DAYANITA SINGH
THE BOOK AS OBJECT

In conversation with Urs Stahel, MAST PhotoGallery curator
Gerhard Steidl began working as a designer and printer in 1967. He started out printing posters for art exhibitions, and very soon Joseph Beuys and other artists were among his customers. Over the years he expanded into literature celebrating some of the most distinctive voices in contemporary literature. In 1996, he started his own photo book program. Today, some of the most renowned photographers and artists across the globe are part of the Steidl catalogue, including Robert Frank, Lewis Baltz, Ed Ruscha, Roni Horn, to name but a few. Steidl and Dayanita Singh have been working together for 15 years. With every new book idea, the artist goes to the famous publishing and printing house in Göttingen, Germany, and she asks Gerhard Steidl whether he is ready to go a little further, pushing the idea of a "book" a few steps further. As a rule, he shakes his head and then says yes. From this cooperation many exciting books have emerged, book objects, books as exhibitions, exhibitions as books.

THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER 2016, 6.30 PM
PALAGUMMI SAINATH
THE DECLINE OF RURAL INDIA

Introduced by Urs Stahel, MAST PhotoGallery curator
Palagummi Sainath is an Indian journalist and photo-reporter. Amartya Sen called him “one of the world’s great experts on famine and hunger.” For 35 years he’s been focusing on social and economic inequality, rural affairs and the aftermath of globalization in India. The former Editor of Rural Affairs at “The Hindu”, in 2014 he founded the People’s Archive of Rural India, a digital journalism platform that aims at capturing the “everyday lives of everyday people” in the Indian rural areas – their labour, livelihoods, languages, food, arts, and crafts – and that represents today an important point of reference for economists all over the world.

HOMAGE TO INDIAN CINEMA
IN COLLABORATION WITH CINETECA DI BOLOGNA

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2016, 8.30 PM
THE NAMESAKE, by Mira Nair, 2006, 122’
Director Mira Nair, awarded with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2001 for Monsoon Wedding, depicts the struggles of Ashok and Ashima, who, after their arranged marriage, leave Kolkata and settle in New York City. The couple suddenly enters a new, complicated world. Their lives will dramatically change with the birth of their son, Gogol.

SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2016, 5.30 PM
MASAAN, by Neeraj Ghaywan, 2015, 103’
Masaan was included in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded with the Prix de l’avenir for the best debut film. In the same year it won the Golden Frame Award at All Lights India International Film Festival, Kochi. Four stories of love, freedom, independence intersect in Benares, along the Ganges. Young Deepak falls desperately in love with a girl from a higher caste. Devi, a college student, is troubled by the death of her first lover. Pathak is the victim of police corruption. Jhonta is a young boy yearning for a family. Torn between the drive toward modernity and the respect for traditions, they all strive for a better future.

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2016, 5-10 PM
TRILOGY by Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray is one of India’s greatest filmmakers. He won the Golden Lion Honorary Award at the 39th Venice Film Festival in 1982 and the Academy Honorary Award at the 64th Academy Award in 1991. His Apu trilogy is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Shot between 1955 and 1959 and restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, it deals with the life of Apu from childhood to maturity in a country, India, that is bitter and fascinating at the same time. Aparajito won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1957.

5 PM PATHER PANCHALI (Song of the Little Road), 1955, 125’
Born in a Brahmin family, little Apu lives in a small Indian village with his family. His father Harihar is often far from home looking for work, his mother Sarbojaya tries to do her best to take care of the poor family, his teenage sister Durga must give up any hope of a good marriage. Lured by the promise of a good job, Harihar leaves the village for a long journey. When he returns home, things have changed for worse.

7.30 PM APARAJITO (The Unvanquished), 1956, 110’
Apu’s family settles in Benares and lives off handouts the believers give to Harihar. When the latter dies, Sarbojaya decides to go back to the village. Apu, now aged 10, is a good student and thanks to his brilliant scores he obtains a scholarship at the university of Kolkata. His passion for learning and the seductions of the big city lead him to underestimate his mother grief for his departure. The consequences will be extremely bad.

10 PM APUR SANSAR (The World of Apu), 1959, 117’
Back in Kolkata, Apu studies at the university but he can’t get his degree. He lives poorly, looking for a job and at the same time trying to publish his writings. He meets Aparna, promised to a man who goes insane short before their marriage. Apu eventually accepts to marry the girl but when she dies in childbirth he loses his mind, leaves the village and starts wandering through India. Five years will pass before he finds new hope for the future.

SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2016, 5.30 PM
ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, by Pan Nalin, 2015, 115’
Presented in 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the second Audience Award, Pan Nalin’s film is a fresh, realistic portrait of women in India today. Frieda, a fashion photographer, gathers her closest girlfriends in Goa for an important announcement: she’s getting married. Thus begins an impromptu bachelorette celebration that lasts for a full week. Amidst the fun and frenzy, heartbreak and heartache, passion and obsession, secrets tumble out, tensions emerge, bonds are formed and emotions run high.

SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER 2016, 8.30 PM
ALIGARH, by Hansal Mehta, 2016, 114’
Based on a true story, Alighar obtained a big success at the Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, where it had its world première in 2015. Professor Siras is an esteemed teacher of Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. Due to his sexual orientation, he is forced to accept humiliation and persecution and he is eventually sacked from his position by the college authorities.

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 2016, 5.30 PM
COURT, by Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014, 116’
Chaitanya Tamhane won the Award for best director at 16th Mumbai Film Festival in 2015. Awarded with the first prize at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2014 and at the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente in 2015, Court tells the story of Narayan Kamble, an ageing folk singer accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited a sewage worker to commit suicide. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.