Freitag, 20. Mai 2016, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

The Khasi New Wave

Addressing Indigenous Issues from a Cinematic Perspective

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien- ,Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Universitätscampus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Ein Vortrag von Dr. Mara Matta
(Istituto Italiano di Studi Orientali, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)

In 2011, the Khasi language film “19/87” was selected for the prestigious International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. Directed by Wanphrang Diengdoh, in collabora¬tion with the filmmaker Dondor Lyngdoh and the writer Janice Pariat, the film was received by some critics as “the birth of Khasi New Wave”. Devised as part of an experi-mental trilogy set in the city of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, the film tells the story of a Khasi youth, Banri, who befriends a Muslim tailor, Suleiman. Even though they are both Indian nationals and live on Indian territory, Suleiman is a dkhar, a derogatory term used by the Khasis to refer to people they consider “outsiders” to their ethnic group, “foreigners” to the tribal hills and, ultimately, “strangers” to the land. The only film of the trilogy to have been released so far, “19/87” is an important work of social history that addresses the ambivalent condition of “the stranger” in an imaginary Khasiland. During this lecture, we will look at “19/87” as an important authorial work that aims at decon-structing the artificial idea of a pure Khasiness which constantly places those who allegedly “do not belong” in an ambiguous and sometimes dangerous situation.

“19/87” (36 minutes) will be screened after the lecture and before the concluding discussion.

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Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde


Judith Starecek
Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
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