Can art surpass the barrier of language? Of religion? Of spaces and cultures? The two films in Across Boundaries confront these questions to open up conversations about what brings disparate people together.
Director: Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
English (subtitled); 46 min; 2003; India
Naata is about Bhau Korde and Waqar Khan, two activists and friends, who have been involved in conflict resolution, working with neighborhood peace committees in Dharavi, reputedly the largest slum in Asia. This film explores their work which has included the collective production and use of visual media for ethnic amity.
Language of War
Director: R. V. Ramani
Multilingual; 51 min; 1996; India
The film is based on the rehearsals of a bilingual play Gita—An Imagery, directed by H. Kanhaialal. The play, based on the Mahabharata war, in Tamil and Manipuri, portrays Arjuna, the protagonist in a dilemma—morality or duty. The filmmaker compares the struggle of Arjuna in the war with that of the actors and the director of the play, struggling to seek an expression in regional language theatre.