Thampu / The Circus Tent (Dir. Govindan Aravindan, 1978, India/Malayalam)

In the dialogue-less opening to Aravindan’s 1978 film Thampu, an open-air truck filled with seemingly ordinary people weaves it way languidly through the sunlit coastal roads of Thalassery, Kerala. This close-knit travelling circus, made up of a troupe of intrepid misfits and fantasists, have habitually made this journey before, living out a transient existence of… Continue reading Thampu / The Circus Tent (Dir. Govindan Aravindan, 1978, India/Malayalam)

NIRMALAYAM / THE OFFERING (1973, India) Directed by M.T. Vasudevan Nair [Malayalam]

Born in Kerala in 1933, M.T. Vasudevan Nair is one of India’s most prolific literary voices. Nair is also seen as a key figure in the development of Malayalam art cinema, having written over fifty screenplays and directed a number of influential films. Nirmalayam (The Offering), Nair’s directorial debut, was made at a time when… Continue reading NIRMALAYAM / THE OFFERING (1973, India) Directed by M.T. Vasudevan Nair [Malayalam]

VIDEO ESSAY: THE POETICS OF ARAVINDAN

A Video Essay in 3 Chapters on Govindan Aravindan's 1979 film Kumatty (The Bogeyman, India)  - Nature | Topography | Magic This new video essay looks at a few of the aesthetic and thematic ideas in the work of Aravindan's Kumatty (1979). There seems to be a lot of Indian films which are being restored, occasionally playing… Continue reading VIDEO ESSAY: THE POETICS OF ARAVINDAN

AMMA ARIYAN (Report to Mother) Dir. John Abraham, 1986, Malayalam

You know me, Mother, don’t you. You know everything about me. I will keep you informed about everything that I come across, until the end of the journey. Just see for yourself, my paths; the sights that have been waiting me on my way… Lives have been sacrificed all through this deserted path of mine.… Continue reading AMMA ARIYAN (Report to Mother) Dir. John Abraham, 1986, Malayalam