06.19.2004

Under the GUN/COVERS: film+panel at SAJA Conference

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Date/Time: 19/06/2004 12:00 am


****3rd I New York Presents******
In Collaboration with SAJA and APICHA
Films + Panel at the
South Asian Journalist Association Annual Conference
Columbia University
PROGRAM 1: UNDER THE GUN 11am-1pm
With Directors Naeem Mohaiemen and Sebhan Zaidi for Q&A
PROGRAM 2: UNDER THE COVERS 2-5pm
Including Panel discussion with Svati Shah, Ji-Fei Cheng and others. Moderated by
Debanuj Dasgupta
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Program 1 – 11am-1pm
Program 2 – 2-5pm
Columbia University
Lerner Hall, Room 477
Admission: $6 (one segment), $10 (both segments)
Free for conference attendees
Featuring
Program 1 UNDER THE GUN
Muslims or Heretics by Naeem Mohaiemen
The Meeting by Shakil Hannan
Kyaari by Sebhan Zaidi
Program 2 UNDER THE COVERS
Tales of the Night Fairies by Shohini Ghosh
Go.To.ASA : Gen Om Takes On AIDS in South Asia by DK Khambata & D.Burns
C.U.M. [Conventional Urge Management] by Matias Gerardo Grieck
PANEL: UNDER THE COVERS: HIV/AIDS & the MEDIA
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ABOUT THE FILMS
PROGRAM 1: UNDER THE GUN 11am-1pm
Muslims or Heretics
(Naeem Mohaiemen, Bangladesh, 2004, 30 min, Bengali with English Subtitles)
The Ahmadiyas are a small Muslim sect that was founded a hundred years ago. Because
they believe in a Prophet after Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), Islamist political parties
accuse them of “spoiling the spirit of Islam. In 1974, they were banned in
Pakistan, and in 2004, their books were banned in Bangladesh. The battle over
Ahmadiyyas reflects a larger struggle for the soul of Political Islam. This
documentary focuses on the growing crisis, and the resistance that is coming from
activists.
*Director present for Q&A
Kyaari
(Sebhan Zaidi, 2003, 28 mins, Urdu with English Subtitles)
A bootlegger’s stroll through Karachi leads him to encounter the vast experiences
embedded within the city leading him ultimately to an unforeseen fate.
*Director present for Q&A
The Meeting
(Shakil Hannan, Bangladesh, 2000, 32 min, Bengali with English Subtitles)
A young man is picked up by a mysterious group and put through a grueling
interrogation. He keeps insisting they have picked up the wrong man, but in a
Kafkaesque scenario, the interrogators accuse him of using an alias. Inspired by the
controversial “Operation Clean Heart” program where scores of alleged criminals in
Bangladesh died of “heart attacks” while in army custody.
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Program 2: “UNDER THE COVERS” 2-5pm
Tales of the Night Fairies
(Shohini Ghosh, 74 min, India, 2002, Bengali with English Subtitles)
Five sexworkers – four women and one man – along with the filmmaker/narrator embark
on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of
collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates
around sex work. The simultaneously expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta
forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.
Go.To.ASA : Gen Om Takes On AIDS in South Asia
(DK Khambata & D.Burns , 2000, 3 X 30 seconds)
Project 100%human: Musician/dj/videographer/AIDS activist DK, produces and
co-directs this 3-part PSA initiative entitled “4HUM”, to promote AIDS awareness in
South Asia, one small step at a time. INITIATIVE 1: 100% Human | INITIATIVE 2:
Stigma | INITIATIVE 3: True/False URL Link: http://www.gotoasa.org
C.U.M. [Conventional Urge Management]
(Matias Gerardo Grieck, 8 min., Japan, 1996, no dialogue)
Two Japanese men, both marked on their foreheads — one with a positive symbol, the
other with a negative symbol — meet casually and exchange a mysterious red ball
which serves as a code for the preparation and “performance” of virtual sex. In a
mock public service announcement that attempts to sell virtual sex as more appealing
and safe than physical sex, Grieck offers biting commentary on the current state of
public sex education and our obsession with new technology. C.U.M. serves up a
pulsating and throbbing warning about the future of human intimacy.
FILMS FOLLOWED BY PANEL: UNDER THE COVERS: HIV/AIDS & the MEDIA
Our panelists will speak about their experience organizing different communities
around HIV/AIDS and the role of the media in public knowledge and perception of the
issue. Furthermore they will start a conversation about what roles journalists can
play in advancing more progressive and timely policies to deal with the epidemic.
Panelists:
Moderator: Debanuj Dasgupta of Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
(APICHA) to moderate
Svati Shah, a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia’s joint Anthropology and Public Health
doctoral program. Her research explores invisible sex work among day-wage
construction workers in India.
Ji-Fei Cheng, Gay Bisexual Transgender Project Coordinator, APICHA
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
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