Film Circle Screening

BHOPAL BEYOND GENOCIDE

English/ 1986/ 100 min

2019-12-07

Director: Tapan Bose, Suhasini Mulay,  The documentary is based on a gas leak incident on the night of 2–3 December 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. The authorities had banned the documentary that encapsulated the various incidents, which followed the tragedy, and the screening of the documentary was possible only after Bose moved the court. The film won the Golden Lotus Award for the Best Non-Fiction Film in 1988.

GAMAN

Hindi/ 1978/ 119 min

2019-12-14

Director: Muzaffar Ali,  The uneducated and landless Ghulam Hussain (Shaikh) leaves his wife Khairun (Patil) in his native village in UP to go to Bombay in search of work. He becomes a cab driver and the film intercuts his struggles in the city with those of his wife while she awaits his infrequent letters and remittances. The film's best moments are in the sequences with the close-knit group of cabbies who operate a kind of subterranean jungle-telegraph. Muzaffar Ali's FFC-sponsored debut features a typical and characteristically sensitive Smita Patil performance as a rural belle.

A CHAIRY TALE

Musical/ 1957/ 10 min

2019-12-21

Director: Norman McLaren, Claude Jutra,  In this Oscar nominated short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The musical accompaniment is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal. This virtuoso film is the result of a collaboration between Norman McLaren and Claude Jutra.

FIVE EASY PIECES

English/ 1970/ 98 min

2019-12-21

Director: Bob Rafelson,  A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

THE STORY OF SIN

Polish/1975/ 130 min

2019-12-28

Director: Walerian Borowczyk,  A beautiful Polish girl whose lover has gone to Rome to seek a divorce from his previous wife travels around Europe in search of him and suffers a variety of tragic adventures as the men around her try to fit her into their own selfish schemes.