We are delighted to invite you to a film screening of Palai—Landscapes of Longing by Jayakrishnan Subramanian and a music performance Poetry of Palai—Songs from Sangam Literature by Bindhumalini and Vedanth, as part of the 6th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018.
Palai—Landscapes of Longing by Jayakrishnan Subramanian
Duration: 28 mins | Language: Tamil with English Subtitles
Poetry of Palai—Songs from Sangam Literature by Bindhumalini and Vedanth
Sunday, April 15, 2018 | 05:30 PM & 06:10 PM | Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai
No 4, 5th Street, Rutland Gate, Chennai - 600 006
Palai—Landscapes of Longing is a metaphoric interpretation of Tamil classical poetry and the artistic depiction of the desert landscape of Palai in Sangam literature. The landscape of Palai is associated with separation and longing—when love is subject to extremities. Juxtaposing the contemporary socio-political context of Tamil migrant workers in the Middle East and this ancient form of poetry, the film explores modern slavery, labour and migration.
Jayakrishnan Subramanian studied Fine Art at the University of Madras and Graphic Design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. He has a Masters in Media Art and Design from Bauhaus University in Weimar. His work spans film, photography, and animation. His first feature-length animated documentary, Amma & Appa is a collaborative effort with his wife Franziska SchÃ¶nenberger. He has worked with filmmaker Kamal Swaroop on a graphic novel version of the film script Omniyam and the cover design for the book Tracing Phalke—The man and his times, 1870-1944; and Nishtha Jain's poster designs for her films The Family Album and Gulabi Gang.
Jayakrishnan Subramanian received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts, under the Arts Research programme.