Cynthia Ke Sapne
Director: Pallavi Paul
Section: The New Medium III: Multi-screen Cinema
Country: India | Year: 2017
Language(s): Hindi, English | Time: 44 mins
In conversation with a Hindi poem of the same name, written by Anish Ahluwalia in 1990, Cynthia ke Sapne uses poetry as atmosphere. The film chases the inner life of its primary protagonist, Cynthia, imagined as a literary character, a measure of time, a form of experience and a landscape. She also bears witness to the lives of two people – an executioner and a trans-artist whose lives are intertwined within a small town in north India and with each other through an informal history of labour, violence and death. Another name for the moon, Cynthia is sometimes spotted outside the window as stories of a city slowly tumble in.
Pallavi Paul (b. 1987) works primarily with video and installation. Her work has been shown at the AV festival in Newcastle, Contour Biennale, Tate Modern, Garage Rotterdam, Cinema Zuid, Edinburgh Art Festival, Whitechapel Gallery and KHOJ. Her films have been screened at festivals like Experimenta, TENT and MIFF. She is a recipient of the IFA arts practice fellowship, PSBT fellowship for non-fiction film and Pad.ma fellowship for experimental video. Paul is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.