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Documentary in India - Some Reflections and Problematics

Lecture by Aparna Sharma, Visiting Scholar, University of Glamorgan, U.K.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room 200
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This lecture will trace key moments in the evolution of documentary practice in India. It will plot the heterogenous styles and motivations underpinning documentary in India to problematize dominant ideas and discussions surrounding the role of documentary in a developing society.

Aparna Sharma is an experimental documentary filmmaker and film theorist. She is keenly interested in developing film practice that engages with the interaction between theory and practice. Her films span cultural subjects and experiences — she is keen on thinking about intangible aspects such as memory, loss, mobility, desire, and fashionings of the body. In particular she is keen on exploring the experiences of the socio-culturally engendered body and the immaterial/ spiritual self. Aparna Sharma holds a doctorate in documentary film practice and she has taught media and film related courses in India, UK and USA. Her films ahve been screened at various fora in Europe, USA and Australia. Aparna Sharma is a panelist for the Leonardo Reviews (MIT Press) and Delhi-based,Women's Feature Service.

Jyoti Gulati310-206-2654

Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia, World Arts & Cultures/Dance

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