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Film Screening: Iram Ghufran | There is Something in the Air

March 1, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
McMurtry 115

Free and Open to the Public

Lunch will be served

Moderated by Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History.  

Film and Media Studies, Department of Art and Art History 

Iram is a Delhi based filmmaker and artist working on moving image, sound and text. Her work has been shown in several international art and cinematic contexts including the Berlin Film Festival, Experimenta India and World Social Forum. Her first documentary essay film There is Something in the Air is the winner of several awards, including the National Award.

THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE AIR is a call from the periphery of sanity. This documentary is a series of dream narratives, and accounts of spiritual possession as experienced by women ‘petitioners’ at the shrine of a Sufi saint in north India. Drama unfolds via dreams, and appearances of djinns and disappearances of women. The shrine becomes a space of expressions of longing and transgression. The film invites the viewer to a world of dream and fantasy. Fear and desire is experienced through dreams and ‘afflictions of air’. The shrine is a space where performance becomes the only rule of engagement, and one can begin to think of the possibilities that ‘insanity’ produces.

Event Sponsor: 
Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Center for South Asia, Department of Art & Art History
Contact Email: 
kgoulet@stanford.edu
Contact Phone: 
650-723-0096