At Home, Walking
a film by Rajula shah
114 mins, India, 2019, Hindi with English subtitles
Watch the film online on the BIC website from March 15th - 19th 2021
Deepa Dhanraj will be in conversation with Rajula Shah on March 18th, 7:00 pm IST.
The screening is free and open to all.
In a world moving to a total mechanization of human life, the film inquires deeply into the question of speed and progress and proposes a way of slowing down to find synch with the present moment. Or is there another way of re-membering the originary impulse of being human? It is the story of a journey that begins at home with a woman and digital camera, and grows into a travel across Nomadsland.
The film narrative corresponds to the pilgrim's progress as s/he walks from feeling tied and burdened to feeling freer and lighter. Sometimes knowing best things in life like rain, wind, stars & sunlight yet come for free is liberating; remembering that my two feet can often carry me farther than I can imagine, is a discovery.
Rajula grew up listening to stories, learning to make things with tribal/ folk craftsmen, and later studied cinema at the Film & TV Institute, Pune. She works in the interstice of poetry, cinema & anthropology. Indigenous knowledge systems and the changing practices thereof, form the core of her study; emerging through a close collaboration with people, their individual histories and environments.
Her films have screened widely in festivals, museums & forums across Academic/ Art contexts, to critical acclaim. Among significant awards are Horizonte Preis at Dokfest Munich, for Word within the word 2008; John Abraham National Award for Best Experimental film for ReTold by Loknath in 2013 & for short fiction Jumbled Cans in 2014.
She writes fiction and poetry. Her poetry manuscript Parchhain ki Khirki se was awarded and published as best New Writing, by Bharatiya Gyanpeeth in 2004. She has been on Juries for National and other Film Awards and continues to coach young filmmakers, film buffs & film critics in various Film & Media schools including alma mater Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.