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PROGRAMME 6
Letter From Your Far-Off Country


Country: India
Year: 2020
Duration: 17'
Direction: Suneil Sanzgiri
Cinematographer: Suneil Sanzgiri
Editor: Suneil Sanzgiri
Music: Amirtha Kidambi, Lea Bertucci, Booker Stardrum, Tyler Tadlock
Production: Suneil Sanzgiri

16mm, transfer DCP 

Shot with 16mm film stock that expired in 2002—the same year as the state-sponsored anti-Muslim genocide in Gujarat—and filmed amid the anti-CAA protests in Delhi, the filmmaker traces lines and lineages of ancestral memory, poetry, history, songs, and ruins from his birth in 1989. A search for solidarity in the sounds and colors of the spontaneous Muslim women led Shaheen Bagh movement in Delhi, in the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali, the song of Iqbal Bano, the theater of Safdar Hashmi, and images of B. R. Ambedkar—the radical anti-caste Dalit intellectual and founder of the Indian constitution. 

Suneil Sanzgiri

Suneil Sanzgiri is an artist, researcher, and filmmaker working to understand how systems of oppression are reinforced by trauma, history, and memory. His work spans experimental video, animations, essays, and installations, and contend with questions of identity, heritage, culture and diaspora in relationship to structural violence. 

- Filmography:
Letter From Your Far-Off Country (2020), At Home But Not At Home (2019), The Reunion (2019), At the Top of GrassHopper’s Hill (2017)

New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Spanish premiere

PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AID OF
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural Española
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaGoethe InstitutCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteTeatro GayarreLa Fábrica
MEMBER OF
PantallaIberofestLa Mesta
PARTNERS
Filmoteca de NavarraPlanetario de PamplonaMuseo OteizaMuseo Universidad de NavarraFilmoteca Española
CinetecaFilmoteca CatalunyaInstitut FrançaisHotel Tres ReyesHotel Maisonave
MEDIA PARTNER
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