Films – Saguenay

Message from Madam Josee Neron, Mayor of Saguenay

C’est toujours pour moi une grande joie de constater que la population saguenéenne a un intérêt sans cesse croissant pour les cultures étrangères, et que nous avons, chez nous, un grand désir d’ouverture sur le monde! Cette 3e édition du Festival des films de l’Asie du Sud de Montréal au Saguenay permettra aux cinéphiles de découvrir de petits bijoux artistiques orientaux, mais aussi de nouvelles facettes du monde, diverses manières de vivre au sein de sociétés différentes, de réalités qui nous sont étrangères. Ensemble, nous qui sommes tous concitoyens de cette terre, apprenons-en davantage sur le monde qui nous entoure afin de mieux nous comprendre et de découvrir les richesses de chacun! C’est un incontournable annuel dans le monde culturel, bienvenue à tous les 15, 16 et 17 novembre prochains, à la bibliothèque de Chicoutimi!

 

NOVEMBER, 15 2019 | 7:30 pm

Chuskit

Country(ies) origin: India
Language(s): Bhoti
Subtitles: French, English
Time: 90 mins

Sprightly Chuskit’s dream of going to school is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. She’s confined to life indoors in the company of her strict grandfather, Dorje. Chuskit continues to harbor hopes of school but Dorje tries to make her understand that school can’t handle her needs. As life at home gets harder, her battle with her grandfather exacerbates. Caught in between their struggle are Chuskit’s parents and her enterprising brother who want to respect the old world views that Dorje represents, but also want to keep Chuskit’s spirit alive. Chuskit will have to get her grandfather to yield or she will have to accept the reality he has chosen for her.

Filmmaker’s Biography: Priya Ramasubban

NOVEMBER, 16 2019 | 1:30 pm

With Bells on her feet

Country(ies) origin: Pakistan
Language(s): English
Subtitles: French, English
Time: 15 mins

This film explores the sudden decline and degradation of classical dance in Pakistan following the introduction of restrictive laws by General Zia ul Haq, a fundamentalist dictator in the 1980’s. The film focuses on how Sheema Kermani, an iconic Pakistani classical dancer, not only defied those laws but has continued to relentlessly employ this powerful art form as an act of resistance against regressive mindsets.

Filmmaker’s Biography: Taimur Rahim

NOVEMBER, 16 2019 | 1:30 pm

Indus Blues

Country(ies) origin: Pakistan
Language(s): Urdu
Subtitles: French, English
Time: 76 mins

The diverse cultures around Indus, with over 70 spoken languages, have deep roots going back centuries. Despite the richness of the various cultures flourishing along the mighty Indus river, their sounds have faded to the background in a world dominated by modern musical instruments. Filmmaker Jawad Sharif takes us on a journey spanning a thousand miles from the Karakoram Mountains to the southern coastline, capturing the little-known ethnic, linguistic, and musical diversity and humanism of the cultures of the Indus.

Filmmaker’s Biography: Jawad Sharif

NOVEMBER, 17 2019 | 1:30 pm

Shubhchintak

Country(ies) origin: India
Language(s): Gujarati
Subtitles: French, English
Time: 14 mins

Shubhchintak meaning ‘well-wishers’ is a story of a young and vibrant woman with simple dreams. It is set in the city of Rajkot, India but the theme is universal. Shubhchintak examines the role of woman in small town India, in its society and in a male-dominant house.

Filmmaker’s Biography: Harshrajsinh Gohil

NOVEMBER, 17 2019 | 1:30 pm

Neel Akasher Neeche

Country(ies) origin: India
Language(s): Bengali-Hindi
Subtitles: French, English
Time: 109 mins

This is an unforgettable classic from a great Indian filmmaker of yester years. Set in 1930s, the film tells the story of an honest Chinese hawker, Wang Lu, who sells silk in Calcutta’s streets while refusing to get involved in the opium trade run by his fellow countrymen. He feels a sisterly affection towards Basanti engaged in a political group, the wife of a lawyer. Basanti is arrested and imprisoned causing Wang Lu to get involved with her political group. He later returns to China to join the resistance movement against the Japanese invasion of China in 1931.

Filmmaker’s Biography: Mrinal Sen