11th SiGNS Film Festival for Short and Documentary films 2017-Jury citations
A Meera Sahib
SIGNS 2017 – CITATIONS
JURY :Amrit Gangar – Chairperson
Dr Meena T. Pillai – Member
Amudhan R.P. - Member
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Miryavar Kahi Mahine (Many Months in Mirya) [Marathi]
Dir: Renu Savant
Poignant yet unsentimental reflections of fleeting moments in the life of a little village. Striking in its poetics and politics, the film seamlessly blends the temporal into the spatial.
BEST FILM - CINEMA EXPERIMENTA
Pushing the boundaries of the time-image, the film explores the possibilities of the palpable and the perceptible, discovering new philosophical dimensions in the abstract and the material.
BEST FILM - SHORT FICTION
Andhere Mein (In the Dark) (Hindi)
Dir: Vijaya Singh
A lyrical ode of an adaptation that evocatively captures an ineffable pang, a fleeting void in human life.
BEST - CINEMA OF RESISTANCE
Theatre of the Earth (Manipuri)
Dir: Oinam Doren
A film that celebrates the triumph of human will. It makes a trenchant and yet elegant use of the body to subvert all hierarchies of oppressive power, and bears testimony of individual and collective desires to live with dignity and love.
JURY’s SPECIAL MENTION – DOCUMENTARY FILM
Nostalgia for the Future (Hindi)
Dirs: Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Sivkumar
A sensitive evocation of popular memory in imagining homes and habitations while weaving individual aspirations into larger narrative of the nation.
JURY’s SPECIAL MENTION – SHORT FICTION FILM
Dir: Swapnil Rajsekhar
A film that attempts to bear witness to the pathos of human life in rural India, where age-old oppressions continue to nip dreams and strangle humanity.