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Tuesday, January 18, 2005


SAVAC (SOUTH ASIAN VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE) launches its first annual program of international short film & video, titled MONITOR on Sunday, January 23 @ 3pm at Camera Bar and Media Gallery, Toronto.

The 70 minute program is curated by Jane Kim with Mona
Kamal, Michelle Mama and Riaz Mehmood of SAVAC. The
program features the best in new contemporary South
Asian film & video including experimental,
documentary, and narrative works under 30 minutes.

Untitled Displacement Series #2 by Pavitra
Wickramasinghe, Canada 1min. video (2003) The act of
eating transforms into a collision of arresting visual fragments.

The God by Konstantin Bronzit, Russia 5min. video
(2003) In this animated short, even a fly can
challenge the "Zen" of a God.

I Love My India by Tejal Shah, India 10min. video
(2003) The local fun-fair shooting game becomes a
device for democratic discussion. A clever indictment
of apathy and hypocrisy in India.

Flight by Nurjahan Akhlaq, Canada/Pakistan 10min.
video (2003 - work in progress)
A young woman returns to her home in Lahore after the
murder of her sister and father. A dream-like
meditation on tragedy that transcends mere tribute to
honour a family legacy.

Heart Troubles of Ramchand Yavathmal Tirchinapalli
Azamghar by Ramchandra P.N, India 5min. video (2003)
In this age of inflation, bomb blasts and nuclear
threat, a stressed out Bombay boy explains his bizarre
criteria to potential brides in this unusual
dating-service video.

Coolie Gyal by Renata Mohamed, Canada 7:20min. video
(2004) A nostalgic reminiscence of an idyllic
childhood is threatened, as a daughter struggles to
break the news in her tender love-letter to Mom and

U.A.I.L Go BACK by Angad Bhalla USA/Canada 22min.
video (2003) Kashipur is one of India's poorest
regions with a holy respect and reverence for their
land. 60,000 villagers are about to be displaced by a
mining project. This film documents an emergence of
grassroots activism as the locals organize to fight
for their home.

Holly Bolly by Dishad Husain, UK 12min. video (2004)
Obi and Dil are two edgy ethnic filmmakers who'll do
anything to break into the biz - even if it means
making an "English-Cockney-Gangster-meets-Bollywood
film" for a shifty producer. How hard could it be?.

MONITOR: Contemporary South Asian Film & Video
Sunday, January 23 @ 3pm @ Camera Bar and Media
Gallery, 1028 Queen St. West.
Camera is a new screening facility created by Hussain
Amarshi and Atom Egoyan.
Tickets are $8 @ the door (includes a complimentary
beverage). SAVAC members free.
Donations will be gratefully accepted for tsunami
relief through Reception follows at 4pm.

SAVAC is a nonprofit artist-run-centre dedicated to
the development and presentation of contemporary
visual art by artists of South Asian origin.

For more information please contact Rachel Kalpana
James, Director SAVAC.
401 Richmond St. West, #450 Toronto, ON Canada M5V 3A8 /



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