Two screenings by Vikalp

In the month of July, Vikap Bengaluru brings you two films:

1. July 16th
Mean Sea Level
by Pradip Saha

Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Alliance Francaise, 108 Thimmaiah Road, Opp.UNI Building Vasanthnagar, Bangalore
Phone: 4080 8181 / 4123 1340

2. July 17th
THE SPEAKING HAND – Zakir Hussain and the art of the Indian drum
by Sumantra Ghosal

Time: 6 pm sharp
Venue: Centre for Film and Drama, 5th floor, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore
Phone: 22356263

Both the screenings are free and open to all.

Filmmakers of both the documentaries will be present for their screenings.


Mean Sea Level

Mean Sea Level takes us through the story of the inhabitants of these small islands at the southern tip of the Indo-Gangetic Delta. Almost 7000 inhabitants have been forced to leave Ghoramara in the last 30 years, as the island has become half in size. The biggest island, Sagar which hosted refugees from other islands all these years is witnessing massive erosion now. 70000 people in the 9 sea-facing islands are at the edge of losing land in next 15 years. For these people climate change is real.

Rising Sea level, 2mm a year is resulting in daily insecurity for home and livelihoods. Experiences of this new breed of climate refugees are a little different from simplistic explanation of sea level rise that will cover their islands with water. The rivers in this delta have to meet the sea at a higher level and they need extra space to hold the water. These rivers break islands 24/7 to create the extra space. People face a constant loss of their land and home to erosion, and keep on moving inside the islands till there is no space.

All these happen while we debate climate change. There is a greater irony. These poor people got nothing out of the economy that created climate change, nor do they contribute to global warming. Mean Sea Level is a testimony of reckless political economy of our times. Climate change is real, and only a sign of our recklessness.

The Speaking Hand

The son of the tabla legend Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain began his performing career as a child prodigy. Later, through path-breaking experiments, he dramatically enlarged the scope of his chosen instrument. Today he is celebrated internationally as a composer and a star performer.

The Speaking Hand charts Zakir’s growth from the by-lanes of Bombay to his current fame as a world musician. In the course of this exciting history we experience first-hand the unforgettable magic of his fingers. We see him perform with the many legends of the Indian classical world. We hear him explain the intricacies of the tabla. And, we get rare glimpses of the Planet Drum tour that brought together master drummers of the world in a breath-taking celebration of world rhythms.

The concerts in The Speaking Hand are linked by fascinating interviews that give the film a unique structure and charm.

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