The event is free and open to all UAL Postgraduate students, UAL staff, as well as a wider community of invited alumni, practitioners and researchers in this field.
Documentary Feature: Saacha (The Loom), 2001
Directed by: Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar’s
With and introduction and post-screening Q&A by the directors, chaired by Rupert Waldron.
Focusing on two key protagonists, Saacha explores the trade union activism, working class poetry, and painting of Marxist Mumbai, to weave a complex portrait of the city, from its industrial height to its de-industrialising present.
Centred on the city’s textile mills, where the country’s trades unions emerged and grew to a formidable strength before they largely closed in the neoliberal era, the film represents a poetic elegy to a specific moment of struggle and reflection on the present. It is a key testament to the centrality of the textile industry in international revolutionary Marxism.
Directors Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar, Professors at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), are at the very heart of the Indian documentary tradition. They have a profound knowledge of its history and commitment to its continuation as a critical, reflective, and artistically sophisticated but socially committed form.
The directors’ introduction and post-screening Q&A will be an extraordinary opportunity to consider the role of visual and verbal arts in their engagement with the international struggle for a just distribution of the costs and rewards of labour. This is why the showing runs in parallel with the Comme des Marxists exhibition in LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, and shortly after LCF’s Global Fashion conference’s focus on sustainability in the fashion industry.
The screening forms part of a series of events to accompany Rainer Ganahl’s exhibition Comme des Marxists at the Fashion Space Gallery, open until the 12th January. The event is organised by Rupert Waldron, International Academic Coordinator, School of Media and Communication, LCF and Chair, UAL and LCF branches, University and College Union, Camilla Palestra, CSF Associate Curator and is supported by Abigail Fletcher, UAL Postgraduate Community.
Image: still from Saacha (2001)
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