A special event hosted by The Cinema Society of Kingston, in partnership with The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend!
Filmmaker Mehvish Rather will be in attendance to discuss her film Grandma is a Bitch, followed by a Q&A moderated by Hilary Jay.
Artist Statement: This auto-ethnographic documentary explores my difficult relationship with my grandmother as I try to uncover the reason behind my brother’s death when I was 13 years old. The documentary is an experiment with representing narratives from a political conflict zone (Kashmir) with humour. It delves into the political causes behind the epidemic of drug addiction in Kashmir and how a family lives with and beyond trauma.
Artist Bio: Mehvish Rather is pursuing research in the field of documentary filmmaking. Being a documentary filmmaker herself, with her films being showcased in different film festivals across the globe, she continues to question the methodology and ethics in her field. Her particular interest concerns with the representation of subjects in documentaries based in protracted political conflict zones, trying to envision them beyond the scope of victimhood. She questions the patterns of absences within such documentaries, such as that of humour and transcendentality. Currently her work is focusing on the impact of digital surveillance on communication channels at interpersonal and community levels – and the viability of old media technology and guerilla pedagogy in circumventing the issues.
Mehvish is a PhD candidate in the The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.
|English & Kashmiri language with English subtitles