Punto de Vista 2021 Winners
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 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.
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