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ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Cinefest
6th Jan 2018, Melati 
Time Details of Workshop Duration of Screening Remarks
11.00am-1.30pm Screening of Feature : Chennai To Singapore and interaction with director Abbas Akbar 2 hours Tea to be served inside the Hall at 11:45am
1:30pm-2pm - LUNCH
2:00pm-2:45pm Film 1
Name: In India, Death Without Grief
Language: English and Hindi
Director Aastha Joshi
Film 2
Name: The Masqurade
Language: Hindi
Director Pavithran Nathan
Film 3
Name: Museum of Memories
Language: English and Hindi
Director Sheoli Biswas
30 mns ( 3 short films) with an after word by students La Salle Shorts by Indian students studying at Putnam School of Film, LA SALLE
2.45pm -3.45pm Panel 1 :
Production beyond Borders : The Growing Glitter
Moderator : Sreyashi Sen (Founder and MD , DARPAN)
Panelists :
• Justin Diemen (Founder SAAVA and Aurora Media)
• Hansal Mehta : Director and Producer , India
• Christpher Shaw , Head Puttnam School of Film LA Salle
• Krishnan Rajagopalan (Director)
1.5 hours
3:45pm-4:15pm Tea Break
4:30pm-5:30pm Screening of short : Tara 40 mn+ interaction Produced by Hongkong and Singapore NRI Anita Chellaram on the human trafficking and the positive action being taken across borders
Produced by Anita Chellaram
End of session
ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Cinefest
7th Jan 2018- Melati Jr, ROOM 1
Time  Details of Workshop Duration of Screening Remarks
1:00 pm: 3:30pm  Feature Film (Jagat: Malaysia)+ interaction with film maker Shenjey 2 hours +15 mn interaction with Director
3:30pm-3:45pm Tea Break
4:00-5:30pm Panel : Camera Lights Action : Focus across borders
• Panel : Camera Lights Action : Focus across borders
• Sangeetha Krishnasamy (Actress)
• Satish Kaushik • Shilpa Krishnan Shukla (Director)
• Pulkit (Director BOSE and Maroon)
• Chan Gin Kai (Founder Silver Media Group ) "
1.5 hours
6:00pm End of programme
ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Cine Fest
7th Jan 2018- Melati- Room 2
Duration of Screening
Time  Details of Workshop Duration of Screening Remarks
1:00 pm-1:30pm Screening of short 'Singh in the Lion City' plus interaction with Film maker 15 minutes +Q&A with director
2:00pm-3:30pm Workshop by film maker Satish Kaushik  1.5 hours
3:45pm-4:15pm Tea Break
4:30pm-6:00pm Screening of Film by Shilpa Krishnan
Pularum Iniyum Naalekal
70 minutes
6:00pm  End of program and proceed to Gala Dinner 

About the films, Filmmakers and Panelists

Features:

Jagat: is a 2015 Malaysian crime drama film. Its directed by Shanjhey Kumar Perumal. Set in the early 1990s, a critical period in Malaysian Indian history, the coming-of-age story subtly underlines the plight of the Indian Malaysians who were forsaken by the estate owners and forced to move to the cities, surviving under harsh circumstances. The story follows a mischievous 12-year-old boy named Appoy and his relationships with his father, Maniam, and his uncles, former drug-addict Bala and local gangster Dorai.

The film had won the Best Malaysian Film award in the 28th Malaysia Film Festival in 2016, whereas its director Shanjhey Kumar won the award for Best Director. The film also represents Malaysia at Asean Film Fest 2017

Chennai 2 Singapore: This was the first collaboration between the Tamil and Singaporean film industries and commissioned by the Media Development Authority Singapore. The film releases end of 2017 and is being distributed by one of Singapore biggest entertainment companies MM2. The film’s story is  a romantic comedy about a struggling Indian filmmaker, Harish, who makes his way to Singapore to look for investors to finance his dream movie. A series of misfortunes foils his plans. However, with the help of Vaanambaadi, an eccentric Singaporean cameraman, Harish almost realises his dream. But then he meets a girl. And everything takes a twisted turn into a madcap journey about life, death and everything else!

Student Shorts:

La Salle Shorts by Indian students studying at Putnam School of Film, LA SALLE

Film 1

Name: In India, Death without Grief

Language: English and Hindi

Director Aastha Joshi

Film 2

Name: The Masquerade

Language: Hindi

Director Pavithran Nathan

Film 3

Name: Museum of Memories

Language: English and Hindi

Director Sheoli Biswas

Documentaries:

  • Singh in Lion City:'Singh in the Lion City' explores themes of Diaspora and shared heritage via the lens of the Sikh community in Singapore. The film maker, Upneet, is keen to further explore the world of global collaborations and film/art through her platform, Uptake Media. Singh in the Lion City’ is a documentary about a Singaporean Sikh man's personal quest to decode his cultural identity. This sets him on journey of self-discovery along a shared heritage trail - which he encapsulates and celebrates via the creation of an app.

  • Tara: by Tannistha Sarkar ,Tara is a short feature documentary on the human trafficking industry in India. It features the likes of His holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - enlightening us on the pivotal roll women have in indian society and culture. Acclaimed Bollywood actress JuhiChawla - who delivers the main monologue of the feature. Sakshi Malik - the first woman wrestler to compete and win a medal at the olympics, shares her insight on the struggles of woman empowerment in India and Kanika Kapoor - who lends her beautiful voice to the theme song "Tara". In addition Bollywood actors Neelam Kothari and Tushar Kapoor pledge their support to the cause with their promos ( to be used for publicity of the film)

The film is produced by Anita Chellaram from Singapore ( Indian born in Hongkong)

About Darpan

DARPAN was started as a film festival 4 years back, by Indian born, now Singaporean, Sreyashi Sen. The entity was to provide a passage for independent cinema and regional films of India to Singapore. This entity is now a Pte Ltd Company in Singapore which distributes a plethora of films from across South Asia, and to bring good content to the diaspora as well as offer a platform of Indian Cinema to a global audience. With time the brand is now identified as one that providers a platform for cinema with a message, good content from acorss South Asia and also bringing in film makers for discussions and workshops, organising premieres through namely four theatres in Singapore. The main criterion being movies with a message. Darpan also is an advisor for independent cinema in South and South east Asia and is now venturing into producing content in Singapore, Malaysia and India.