So Heddan So Hoddan

Like Here Like There
Director: Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
English (subtitled), 52 min, 2011, India
So Heddan So Hoddan
A still from So Heddan So Hoddan

Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, a medieval Sufi poet, is an iconic figure whose Shah Ji Risalo is a remarkable collection of poems sung in Kachchh and across the border in Sindh (now in Pakistan). Umar Haji Suleiman is a self taught Sufi scholar; he lives his life through Bhitai's poetry. Mustafa Jatt sings the Beths of Bhitai, accompanied by Usman Jatt, a truck driver, who plays one of the last surviving Surandos in the region. Set in Kachchh, Gujrat, the film explores the life worlds of the three cousins and the Fakirani Jatt community. Before the Partition the Jatts moved freely between Sindh and Kachchh. As pastoral ways have given way to settlement and borders, the older generation keeps alive the syncretic legacy of Bhitai, that celebrates diversity and non-difference.

Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Director: Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Camera: K. P. Jayasankar
Editing: Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
Sound: Harikumar M., Anjali Monteiro, K. P. Jayasankar
  • Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) 2010 Awards: Silver for Cinematography, Silver for Sound Design and Silver for Script
  • Best Film, 2nd International Folk Music Film Festival – 2012 Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Basil Wright Film Prize, RAI Festival, Edinburgh 2013
About the Director:

Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar are Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Both of them are involved in documentary production, media teaching and research.

They have won thirty-two national and international awards for their documentary work. Their most recent award is the Basil Wright Prize for So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2013. They have had 4 retrospectives of their films: Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala 2006, Bangalore Film Society 2010, Madurai International Film Festival 2012 and Parramasala, Sydney 2013. An adaptation of their film Saacha (The Loom) was a part of the exhibition Project Space: Word. Sound. Power at the Tate Modern, London, between July and November 2013 and at Khoj, New Delhi in Jan-Feb 2014.

They have several papers in the area of media and cultural studies. They are both recipients of the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies at Goldsmith’s College, London and at the University of Western Sydney. They have been visiting Professors/scholars at the University of Lund, Sweden, University of California Berkeley, University of Bergen, Norway and at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Posted by Magic Lantern Movies LLP on February 2, 2014
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