San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I



4:00 pm, Sunday, November 13th, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
Admission: $8
Director: Nishtha Jain
Country: India (2005)
Running Time: 60 mins; DVCAM Beta SP
In English/Hindi/Bengali w/English Subtitles



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City of Photos is a beautifully compelling film about the landscape of memory, construction and the photographic image. This documentary explores the little known ethos of neighborhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces.

Tiny, shabby studios that appear to be stuck in a time warp turn out to be places throbbing with energy. As full of surprises as the people who frequent these studios are the backdrops they enjoy posing against and the props they choose - affording fascinating glimpses into individual fantasies and popular tastes. Yet beneath the fun and games runs an undercurrent of foreboding. Not everyone enjoys being photographed; not every backdrop is beautiful; not all photos are taken on happy occasions. The cities in which these stories unfold themselves become backdrops, their gritty urban reality a counterpoint to the photo palaces. Desires, memories and stories, all so deeply linked to the photographic experience, come together as part of a personal journey into the city of photos.

*West Coast Premier*



Kimi and Shankar Bhattacharya

Flavor Group
Asia Society Northern California