»fictitious facts« (work in progress)
work in progress
The work in progress »fictitious facts« approaches the space of the National Film Archive of India/ NFAI and the Prabhat Studio at the Film and Television Institute of India/ FTII through cinematic means: showing fragments of its architectural space, traces of everyday use and selected archival material of film history by employees of the NFAI: Mrs Arti V. Karkhanis, Mrs Veena and Mr. P. A. Salam.
The dialogues, as a collage of different subtitles of various films, are found on https:// indiancine.ma, a project by Pad.ma Public Access Digital Media Archive, initiated by CAMP. The search keywords are: Pune, language, archive, see, translation, listen, narrate, film, colonial, power, knowledge, state, national, access, move...The dialogues do not follow a stringent rule. It is planned that the finished film will also be included in the pad.ma Project site online.
Katrin Winkler has documented the site of the Archive, the building as a repository itself. The building and the administration also perform for her camera, to showcase its sincerity to its legacy. The appearances of nationally awarded films posters, and other documents, make us realise the importance of such an archive, and imagine the possibilities if it were to have open access. The juxtaposed subtitles are the narrator to us walking through these building, almost as if it were echoes or ghosts in those spaces. (text by Vidisha Saini)
special thanks to:
National Film Archiv of India/ NFAI: P.A. Salam, Mrs Arti V. Karkanis, Mrs Veena Librarian at NFAI, Director at NFAI, Sumit and Krisna from NFAI; Film and Television Institute of India/ FTII: Shrenik Mutha, TIFA: Trishla Talera, Anagha, Karan, Vidisha, Ali, Kaushal, Sandip, Himanshu, Dito, Parsa, Vidhya, CAMP, https://pad.ma/ Ashok Sukumaran, https://indiancine.ma