KAIFINAMA - IN SHABANA AZMI'S PRESENCE
SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF MONTREAL presents

KAIFINAMA - IN SHABANA AZMI'S PRESENCE

September 29th 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm / Doors: 5:00 pm

1455 De Maisonneuve West, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montréal, QC, Canada
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Most movie-goers would remember the Urdu Progressive poet Kaifi Azmi through the famous songs of Heer Ranjha, Kaagaz ke phool, Baawarchi or Haqueeqat. Kaifinama looks at the life and art of Kaifi Azmi. He was a poet for social change as well as one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi film industry. Not content to limit himself to fine writing, he worked ceaselessly throughout his life as a catalyst for change among the disenfranchised. The film looks at his small-town roots, his commitment to socialism, his wide-ranging body of work and the enormous changes he brought to the life of the village where he was born. This extraordinary journey is documented through extensive interviews with him and his wife Shaukat Kaifi as well as insights from his children – Shabana and Baba Azmi – and reminiscences by his friends and colleagues. Kaifinama thus is both the definitive film biography of Kaifi Azmi and a history of the times he illuminated with his genius.

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Most movie-goers would remember the Urdu Progressive poet Kaifi Azmi through the famous songs of Heer Ranjha, Kaagaz ke phool, Baawarchi or Haqueeqat. Kaifinama looks at the life and art of Kaifi Azmi. He was a poet for social change as well as one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi film industry. Not content to limit himself to fine writing, he worked ceaselessly throughout his life as a catalyst for change among the disenfranchised. The film looks at his small-town roots, his commitment to socialism, his wide-ranging body of work and the enormous changes he brought to the life of the village where he was born. This extraordinary journey is documented through extensive interviews with him and his wife Shaukat Kaifi as well as insights from his children – Shabana and Baba Azmi – and reminiscences by his friends and colleagues. Kaifinama thus is both the definitive film biography of Kaifi Azmi and a history of the times he illuminated with his genius.

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SHABANA AZMI - PRODUCER

Shabana Azmi, actor, activist, and daughter of Kaifi Azmi, studied film at FTII, Pune and went on to become a leading actor, first in the parallel and new-wave cinema movement in India, playing progressive female roles in iconic films of the arthouse genre of neo-realistic films by leading directors, before becoming a nationally and internationally known star, doing films in several Indian languages and many foreign films as well. She has won innumerable film awards including a record 5 National Awards, 5 Filmfare awards and several international honours. She was also honoured among leading Indian “women in cinema” at the 30th International Film Festival of India and in 1988, the Government of India awarded her with a Padma Shri. She is also a women’s rights and human rights activist and along with her husband, poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, is a leading voice in many causes and secular movements in the country. She is a Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Population Fund and in appreciation of all her work the President of India nominated her to the Rajya Sabha.

SUMANTRA GHOSAL - DIRECTOR

Sumantra Ghosal spent the better part of his life making advertising films for his companies Cinematix and Equinox. Now, he makes documentaries. Noteworthy among his several films on the arts are the two feature-length films: “The Speaking Hand” (on the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain) and “The Unseen Sequence” (on the Bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai). In 2017, Sumantra completed “The Space Between The Notes” – a documentary on a concert by Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar. He also served as creative collaborator with Malavika Sarukkai and wrote the poems for the full-length dance project “Thari – The Loom”. His most recent work is “Kaifinama” – a full-length documentary film to commemorate the birth centenary of the Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi.

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