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Monitor 3: Contemporary South Asian Film & Video

MONITOR 3 is a screening of six international and provocative new works organized by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective), which runs this Thursday, March 22 - 7:00PM at Innis Town Hall. Admission is $8 but Free for SAVAC members.

The themes for this year's programme -- "both by design and coincidence" according to the organizers -- concern issues of citizenry, mobility, politics, trauma and testimony. Moreover, these works display "acts of assault, technically aggressive camera and editing styles, statements on prejudice and the past, [and] essayistic examinations of distressing events".

The progamme includes:

Fire, fences and flight by Ayesha Hameed| Canada | 2005 | video | 5:08 min.
"Fire, fences and flight" is an essayistic take on two fire-fueled events in Europe that reveal folly in policy matters and the timeliness of public dissidence in reaction to a troubled immigrant condition.

Ishnan by Tejpal S. Ajji | Canada | 2005 | video | 7 min.
"Ishnan" presents chilly and unpleasant footage of the artist being washed down by a high-pressure carwash hose.

Clifton to Saddar by Faisal Anwar | Canada | 2006 | video | 1min.
"Clifton to Saddar" is a compressed and rapid vision of mobility between two economically disparate areas in Karachi.

Dead Beat by Smriti Mehra | Canada/ India | 2004 | video | 1:39 min.
Quick and bloody, "Dead Beat" peeks into the day-to-day routine of a Bangalore butcher shop.

Outside the Saying Of It by Vaidehi Chitre | USA/ India | 2005 | video | 18 min.
Through conversation with an Iranian filmmaker, "Outside the Saying Of It" intimately conveys the messed up matters of one person's political dissent, military service, and American dreaming.

Patriot Story by Naeem Mohaiemen | USA | 2005 | video | 7min.
"Patriot Story" relays a sadly familiar story of the post 9-11 circumstance where Arab and Muslim men are subjected to invasive and non-evidential raiding.

Reception to follow Q&A.

(Photo: From "Patriot Story" courtesy SAVAC)


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