Notes 2020-04-07 15:35:26 Jasdeep Singh Blog post


Interview with Shilpi Gulati of LOCK & KEY

Over the course of making this film, I realized it was a challenge to speak to the protagonists on camera and retain the emotion of a story which has been repeated hundreds of times to a point where a certain performance and rehearsal tends to set in. It took a friendship and an emotional bond of years to be able to represent it in the film.

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Taala Te Kunjee: A documentary that looks at the lives of Punjab’s recovering addicts through five overlapping stories

As I watched Taala Te Kunjee (Lock and Key), filmmaker Shilpi Gulati’s 2017 feature-length documentary film, I kept returning to the story and the laughing face of 57-year-old Jasbir Singh. Every time I’d hear his voice, I’d think of every quintessentially Punjabi uncle I’ve ever met who has put me at ease with his incessant jokes and booming laughter.

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Pala – IFA Note

Filmmaker Gurvinder Singh had received an IFA grant earlier for preparatory research and audio-visual documentation towards a film on the Sufi and bhakti music of the Punjab. However, for Mr Singh, the documentation of the bhakti and sufi music did not end with the making of the film, Pala.

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The Journey Of “Qalandar”

Qalandar – A 35 year old man from a village in Punjab (India) has to learn riding a Bicycle to get closer to his fleeting dream. A dabbler by nature. Music, cinema and books interest him, and thus, make him a complete misfit in his village and family.

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ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਦਾ ਸੱਦਾ ਦਿੰਦੀ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜ਼ੀ ਫਿਲਮ ‘ਲੈਂਡਲੈੱਸ’

ਹਾਲ ਹੀ ਵਿਚ ਆਈ ਰਣਦੀਪ ਮੱਦੋਕੇ ਦੀ ਦਸਤਾਵੇਜ਼ੀ ਫ਼ਿਲਮ ‘ਲੈਂਡਲੈੱਸ’ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਬੇਜ਼ਮੀਨੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਹੈ। ਪਿਛਲੇ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਰਣਦੀਪ ਦੇ ਕੈਮਰੇ ਦੀ ਅੱਖ ਨੇ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਰਹਿਤਲ ਤੇ ਭੋਇੰ ਵਿਚ ਵਿਚਰਦੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਰਦਾਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਫੜਿਆ ਹੈ ਜਿਹੜੇ ਸਦੀਆਂ ਤੋਂ ‘ਅਣਹੋਏ’ ਹਨ। ਉਹ ਇਸ ਫ਼ਿਲਮ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਖਸਲਤ ਅੱਗੇ ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ‘ਅਣਹੋਏ’ ਹੋਣ ਦਾ ਸਵਾਲ ਪਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ।

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Return of the Native

THE land nurtures and the land deprives, the land gives and the land takes — the land is not only a demarcating line that divides people into two classes in Punjab, but at times, it is also a battlefield where landowners oppress the landless and where the landless struggle to break themselves free from the clutches of this oppression.

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