GandhiOne night only…the very best of the asian hot shots festival berlin, hosted by none other than the festivals director Teena Lange

Start Time:
Monday, March 9, 2009 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 12:00am
The Mumbai Times Cafe
5th floor, Crystal Shopping Arcade, Behind KFC, Linking Road, Bandra West
Mumbai, India

A very special screening this fortnight at Monday Shorts. The Bombay Elektrik Projekt in association with Short Circuit proudly bring you the very best of The Asian Hot Shots festival. What a night and what a line up of some of the best shorts across Asia. About ASIAN HOT SHOTS BERLIN – festival for film and video art: New digitial filmmaking techniques have enabled more and more Asian filmmakers to translate their unique perspectives onto film, realising bold, provocative and experimental cinema beyond the mainstream. Independent filmmakers, providing alternative images to match the powerful Asian film industry, guarantee a diverse and exciting programme. Our goal is to offer independent filmmakers and their individual and wildly varied modes of expression an appropriate platform for their work. The festival wants to bring our audience closer to other ways of life; the festival will give insights that are not shown in the mass media and mainstream film. asian hot shots berlin further aims to create a cultural exchange between German/European and Asian filmmakers. We aim to support young filmmakers with inspiration, contacts and new perspectives that open doors for new projects and international cooperation. The association behind the festival is GREEN CHILIES ASC. : green chilies asc. was founded in Berlin in April 2007. The aim of the organization is the development of cultural exchange between Berlin (Germany/Europe) and Asia, primarily in the field of film and video art. In addition to the annual festival the green chilies organize film series and screenings all over globe, e.g. in Bern/Switzerland, Bombay/India, Manila/Philippines, Jakarta/Indonesia and many more. The logo of a green chili pepper matches the name and goals of the project: young, fresh, sharp-witted.

The Line up:

GOD ONLY KNOWS – Winner 1st Prize Green Chilies Audience Award 2009 Philippines/USA 2008, Mark V. Reyes, 17 min A hear-ripping story from the slums: forced by economic circumstances a mother has to look for foster parents for her infant son. However, paradise expected in the first world can easily mean hell, too. ——————–

HOOLAHOOP SOUNDINGS – Winner 2nd Prize Green Chilies Audience Award 2009 Indonesia 2008, Edwin, 7 min It is a story of a girl who hula-hoops to let customers of phone sex hear the noise. It is a remade film of a graduate work by Joel Coen in college. I have not seen this film, but Ranbir saw it in Clermont and here’s what he said, “It’s pretentious.  Rips off Wong Kar-Wai.  Sexual theme, so don’t bring the kids.” ——————–

SUKRIT’S SUNDAYS India 2008, Vasant Nath, 8 min The magic of a simple ritual used to bring him and his grandfather together every sunday for as long as he can remember. ——————–

EVOLVING IDENTITIES POST-INDEPENDENCE India 2008, Elvis D’Silva, 1min Using animated text, photographs and dynamic music, the film generates imagery from the lives of people that represent different facets of India. As characters appear in the frame, icons and images distinct to them highlight their evolving identities. ——————–

LITERATURE Philippines 2007, Khavn de la Cruz, 10 min One hell of an existeltialistic one-man hard-boiled crime story. Visions from the streets of Manila. Life passes by. Literature can be deadly if taken seriously. Is this how poetic justice looks like? ——————–

LAINER Germany/China 2007, Dana Löffelholz&Anna Intemann, 8 min Out of the heat into the frying pan. Long-term unemployed Rainer from Berlin tries to find a lucky new life in Beijing. However, this culture is completely alien to him.  I love this film.  One of my favorite films from Asian Hot Shots, this film has a subtle, humorous tone as it deals with the topic of unemployment from an unlikely and hilarious pov. ——————–

SAVING MOM AND DAD India 2007, Kartik Singh, 14 min Eight-year- old Ravi learns at school that non-believers in Christ will go to hell. Knowing his parents are not Christian, his challenge is “Saving Mom and Dad”. One last time to see the film in India. ——————–

SHOPPING CART BOY Taiwan 2007, Hou Chi-jan, 21 min A love story between a supermarket employee and a shopping cart, the film tells a post-industrial allegory set on the fringes of an urban jungle of mega-marts. ——————–

A VERY SLOW BREAKFAST Indonesia 2002, Edwin, 6 min The film explores feelings about individuality and the loss of family values. An attempt to redefine the meaning of family in the changing realm of modernity. ——————–

KARA – THE DAUGTHER OF A TREE Indonesia 2005, Edwin, 7 min Kara‘s mother has been killed and her father has disappeared. The intrusion of a journalist into her isolated life prompts her to seek her mother‘s killer and an ultimate answer. ——————–

GANDHI AT THE BAT USA 2006, Stephanie Argy&Alec Boehm, 11min In 1933 Gandhi made a top-secret trip to the United States. Now at last, newly unearthed newsreel footage proves the wild rumors true… and does it show? Gandhi is playing Baseball! This is a very cute short film that showed in the same program as SMD in Florence in December 2007.


About kartiksingh

I have been living in Paris, France since 1996. I was born to Sikh parents who immigrated to the USA. I grew up outside of Kansas City, and at 18 went to Washington DC with the intention of becoming a diplomat. Five years later, I arrived in Paris and found my life purpose: to make films that bring hope, insight, and inspiration to the world. My debut feature film Callback premieres in September 2010 in New York. For more details on where you can see my films, look for me at
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