Persistence Resistance 2010

Posted by Magic Lantern Foundation on December 26, 2010

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives a final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists.

--Marcel Duchamp,
(Session on the Creative Act; Convention of the American Federation of Arts, Houston, Texas, April 1957.)

[It is as though] poetry is for Israel and the Documentary is for Palestine.

-Jean Luc Godard

Marcel Duchamp celebrates the agency of the audience while Jean Luc Godard points to the key factor that guides the common understanding of the documentary: the documentary must not be poetic. Persistence Resistance resonates Duchamp’s vision and challenges the common understanding that Godard point towards.

And in extending the positions of these two pioneering thinkers Persistence Resistance also encounters another common understanding, that of political films. The festival consciously uses the term ‘political films’ and presents a wide range of genre of the documentary, from experimental to creative to narrative to hybrid and claims for itself the space of the ‘political.’ For Art is embedded in human struggles and the public cultures are necessarily also political acts.

Persistence Resistance 2010 examines the notion of boundaries by bringing together films that lie on borderlines, constantly negotiating between the centre and the periphery. The films shift between questions of territorial, social, historical and personal identities, observing capturing, reflecting and discovering sometimes that which is concealed behind fixed definitions and paradigms. The films position themselves on the threshold of what is and what lies beyond. This year the festival will present 89 films that engage with the aesthetics of cinema and politics of our everyday lives.

In the ‘showing’ of cinema as well, Persistence Resistance tries to move beyond confines of classical ‘viewing spaces’ alone, thus inviting the audience to participate in the world of images in a different way. By providing multiple sites of viewing, the festival will attempt to create fluid spaces of interacting with images, extending cinema to the ‘outside’ in an attempt to move beyond its formal precincts of viewing. In a sense, cinema viewing and watching will step out of its prescribed domains in an effort to imprint, involve the vast landscape that traditionally lies outside of it. Along with screenings in the auditorium, films will also be shown in simulated video parlors, in a multi hub video library and night screenings will be done in the out-doors as well through out the festival.

This year we will present new films that have been added to our collection since the 2nd edition of the festival along with two invited packages of films. And the festival will look back to look forward. We bring films of pioneers of the Indian independent documentary along with films of students from the Film and Television Institute of India and the National Institute of Design. Memory and the future go hand in hand at Persistence Resistance 2010.

At every edition we see our audience grow and Persistence Resistance 2010, as a film festival resonates with a gesture not only towards the dynamic aesthetics of the documentary but also towards the audience. Finally, Persistence Resistance is a space of celebration of the documentary, its aesthetics and engagements, and the filmmaker. It is a platform where we welcome filmmakers and film audiences to inhabit and share a common space in time, in an effort to collectively create and redefine public cultures.


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