Song and Dance: Documentary Explorations by Tuni Chatterji and Satyajit Ray
Tuni Chatterji in person!
Filmforum is thrilled to welcome Los Angeles-based filmmaker Tuni Chatterji in person with the Los Angeles premiere of her short feature Okul Nodi (Endless River), paired with the very rarely screened short documentary Bala, by Bengali auteur Satyajit Ray. Several years in the making, Chatterji’s poetic documentary is an exploration of Bhatiyali, the traditional river music of Bangladesh, and the fragility with which it currently survives, somewhere between academic study and modernized renovation. Says Chatterji, “This film takes a meditative approach to exploring the relationship between Bhatiyali and the landscape from which it comes from, while at the same time, through form and structure, eludes to questions around the imminent disappearance of a rich folk form.”
Okul Nodi will be shown with Satyajit Ray’s very rarely screened 1976 short film Bala, which seeks to document and preserve some aspect of Bhatat Natyam, a classical Indian dance form known for its sculpturesque poses and elegant grace.
Bala: By Satyajit Ray(1976, 35mm, color, sound, 31 min.) Print courtesy of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center and the Academy Film Archive
Okul Nodi (Endless River): By Tuni Chatterji(2012, HD, color, sound, 52 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
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