East European Cinema and Diaspora – Request for Discussants

“The Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies,University of Delhi is continuing to hold the festival every year. Infact next year will mark the 15th anniversary. The festival organizers are looking for Film Studies Ph.D scholars who could conduct a film workshop for the dept’s students. The festival is from 23-30th October and the topic is ‘Diaspora in cinema’. The screening will include one film each from Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Croatia. The organizers need someone to discuss the film with the students post the screening, in the afternoon. The discussants will of course be provided with a copy and some remuneration. Please do respond.  2 or 3 students, or even if 1 is willing to do the entire festival.”


“Diaspora in cinema”

“Diaspora in cinema’ – this year’s film festival ‘Little Europe 2017’ brings together an interesting variety of stories and narratives that deal with this universal phenomenon encompassing not just the 20th century, but the present times as well. Indeed, the direction and the diversity of international migration that is taking place in the twenty-first century is of such magnitude that some social scientists term the contemporary age as “the century of migration”. Several factors have been responsible for the present situation – global economy, multinationals, the international labour market, political instability caused by ethnic conflicts and civil war, the rapid growth of modern transnational media etc. Before this, the 20th century also witnessed various waves of migrations albeit for different reasons. The social, political and economic upheavals, revolutions and conflicts of the 20th century give rise to waves of migration from Russia and countries of   East and Central Europe. Thousands of migrants from these countries set out for near and distant lands in search of a safer, freer future without political repressions.


Cinema from all parts of the world has been deft to capture the various facets of these migrations. There are so many films dealing with diaspora that they constitute a separate genre for cinema studies just like diaspora literature. Diasporic films are a truly integral part of contemporary cinema which address the problems and paradoxes of dislocation, exiles and negotiations of differences and belonging.They raise the question of national identity and the nation, imagined and bounded territorial space and depict the difficulties of the uprooted diasporic communities. They draw our attention to the process of cultural assimilation, the fusion of the old way of life and the new, the continuing linkages with the home country, the formation of a new identity etc. Cinema has the advantage of manipulating the past and the present and envisagingthe future; here reality and imagination are intertwined to appeal to the aesthetic sense of the audience and at the same time offer it a platform not only for critique but contemplation as well.

We hope that the films selected for this film festival “Diaspora in Cinema” will open new spaces for the students to explore and bring them closer not only to the culture of the languages they are learning, but also sensitize them to the harsh realities of life.


The Film Workshop

The screening of each film will be followed by a workshop conducted by a Film Studies scholar as well as the foreign language teachers of the Department. The objective of the workshop is to allow students to examine and discuss the culture and society of different countries and also encourage the appreciation of cinema as a unique art form. The workshop strives to inculcate a better understanding of the formal and creative aspects of film in an interactive manner, encouraging the students to question and critically analyse what they see.

In particular, the workshop will focus on developing awareness towards the technique, aesthetics and ideology of cinema, such as understanding the nuances of shots, scenes, sequences, lighting, montage, sound, music etc. The workshop will also focus on the different narratives of each film, drawing attention to the varied story lines, difference in cultural values and norms and the individual approach of each director. The workshop will culminate in a presentation by the students about what they liked and learnt from the Film Festival.



23rd October, 2017, Monday


11.00a.m                             INAUGURATION


Opening Remarks

11.00 a.m. to 11.05 a.m.

Dr. Rashmi Joshi

Coordinator, Film Festival


Welcome address

11.05a.m to 11.10 a.m.


Dr. NeelakshiSuryanarayan

Head, Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies


Guest of Honour

11.10 a.m. to 11.20 a.m.

Prof. Anand Prakash

Dean, International Relations, University of Delhi


Chief Guest

11.20 a.m.to 11.35 a.m.


H.E. Mr. Milan Hovorka,

Ambassador, Embassy of the Czech Republic


Key Note address

11.35 a.m to 11.50 a.m.

Professor MeenakshiThapan

Department of Sociology, University of Delhi

Vote of thanks

11.55 a.m. to 12.00


Dr. Margit Koves

Coordinator, Film Festival Committee

12.05 pm Czech Film: Kawasaki’s rose (Kawasakihorůže) 2009 (1 hour 40mins).

Director:Jan Hřebejk


1.45 pm




2.15 pm Workshop for the students followed by Tea










24thOctober, 2017, Tuesday

1.15 pm




1.30 pm





3.10 pm









Inauguration of the Documentary exhibition “Hope of Freedom” by H.E. Ambassador of Hungary Mr.GyulaPethö


Hungarian Film: Daniel takes a train(SzerencsésDániel), 1983

(1 hour 27 min)

Director: PálSándor


Workshop for the students followed by Tea


25th October, 2017, Wednesday

1.30 pm





2.10 pm


26th October, 2017, Thursday

1.30 pm





3.40 pm


27th October, 2017, Friday

1.30 pm




3.25 pm



30th October, 2017, Monday

1.30 pm





3.20 pm


31st October, 2017, Tuesday

2.00 pm



Polish Film: A Bar at the Victoria Station(Bar naVictorii), 2003

(55 min)

Director: LeszekDawid


Workshop for the students followed by Tea



Croatian Film: My Uncle’s Legacy(Zivotsastricem)1988

(1 hour 56 min)



Workshop for the students followed by Tea



Russian Film:Passport (Паспорт), 1990

(1 hour 43 min)

Director: GeorgiyDaneliya


Workshop for the students followed by Tea



Bulgarian Film: Forecast(Прогноза),2009

(1 hour 37 min)

Director: Zornitsa Sophia


Workshop for the students followed by Tea



Presentation by the students


All films are provided with English subtitles.

For more, please contact – neelakshi55@yahoo.co.in