Parallel cinema – then and now

Sushma Veerappa in conversation with Girish Kasaravalli | 24 September 2017 | Bengaluru

Filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli’s oeuvre spans over decades and he was a leading voice of the Parallel Cinema movement in the 1970s and 1980s. The conversation explores how his work has been shaped against the tide, and what has driven his cinematic practice over the last 40 years, given the shift in scale of production and technology. The conversation with Girish Kasaravalli is an attempt to understand how one can make films outside the logic of the market and how this in turn affects film practice itself.

After a Post-graduate diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, Sushma joined the CIEDS Collective Here, she conceived and executed a film education programme for school children. Post this experience, she worked as Assistant Director and Scriptwriter with filmmaker M.S.Sathyu for 4 years. She began making documentaries in 1998.

As Producer / Director, her focus has been on documenting the work of grass root organizations working in Karnataka’s remote villages. Her films have been used as communication tools by these organizations to further engage with the people they work with. Her work encompasses a wide spectrum – about people’s co-operatives, leadership imaging as participatory research tool, training modules for blue collar workers, issues relating to water, women and violence.
Her concerns with the city in transition led her to produce and direct her first independent documentary WHEN SHANKAR NAG COMES ASKING. Her last short film SHEELA GOWDA AT BATTARAHALLI CORNER was screened at the 13th IAWRT (International Association of Women in Film and Television) Festival. Along with 4 other filmmakers, Sushma is part of Vikalp Bengaluru, a group which has been screening documentaries in the city since 2005.

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