The Public Service Broadcasting Trust’s annual showcase of its productions will take place at Delhi’s India International Centre between September 18 and 22. The films to be screened at the Open Frame festival cover a wide range of subjects. There are biographical films, such as the ones on Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Shyam Benegal. There are films on the Anglo-Indian community (Let’s Twist Again), the death of 35mm projection (Bade TV Wala), the Indian space race (Moonstruck), autism (The New Girl in Class) and artists with disabilities (The Deep Rising). What The Fields Remember revisits the Nellie massacre in Assam; The Hope Doctors looks at the prospects of medical clowning; Japan in Nagaland drops in on an anime cosplay event in Kohima; Jai Ho is a celebration of music composer AR Rahman.In the Mood for Love wonders what it is like to be queer and in love, especially after the 2013.
In The God, the Tiger and the Woman, Abhilashan Vijayan looks at three traditional performance artists in Kerala.
The festival programme includes titles that have been produced in previous years, such as Avijit Mukul Kishore’s experimental exploration of a low-cost housing project:
Also, Ajay Raina’s Tell Them, “The Tree They Had Planted Has Now Grow”, in which the filmmakers revisits the flight of Kashmiri Pandits from Srinagar.
And Nidhi Tuli’s Ladies Special, about the women-only suburban train service in Mumbai, is an evergreen favourite.