Join us this Sunday for the screening of Remembering Kurdi – a film by Saumyananda Sahi followed by a discussion with the editor of the filmTanushree Das on the 14 of July, 2019 from 11:30 AM– 12:30 PM at Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa.

Brief on the film:

Ever since the Salaulim Dam submerged the Kurdi census town in South Goa over three decades ago, 550 families have had to relocate and forge new lives elsewhere.

However, every year the waters recede and the ruins resurface for a few short weeks before the rains. During this time, past inhabitants return to what is left of their homes, to perform rituals, have picnics and remember their dead.

Gurucharan Kurdikar has vivid memories of his childhood in Kurdi – but now lives in a city far 
away. Venisha Fernandes was born after the submergence, but has grown up listening to stories of a lost paradise. Both return to search for where they belong – in places imagined and places real.

As Gurucharan and Venisha converse with a whole array of people, different aspects of the 
landscape and prior societal inter-relationships begin to emerge. The harsh memories of caste and feudal injustice are discussed with as much curiosity and fervor as personal stories of loss and longing. Yet while each community – be they Hindu, Christian, Muslim or the Gaonkar tribe – all tell of fractured histories, they share the fact of submergence just the same.

As Venisha and Guru join the members of each community to traverse the arid landscape 
into the depths of the Salaulim reservoir, they witness how gestures can bring to life trees and houses and rivers that are no more. They witness how the very act of remembering can also be an act of becoming part of the land.

About the Director:

Born in Bangalore, Karnataka, in 1986, Saumyananda Sahi was the youngest participant in the Talent Campus India (2004), and the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival (2005).

Over the last ten years Saumyananda has worked as on both documentaries as well as fiction features with directors such as Thomas F. Lennon, Kamal Swaroop, Arun Karthick, Anamika Haskar and Anne Aghion. His work has been screened in Film Festivals around the world, including at Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, Hot Docs and IDFA.

While for the most part working as a cinematographer, Saumyananda has directed two documentaries, and has been credited as an editor as well as art director. He also writes on cinema, and teaches.

Saumyananda graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi, with a distinction in Philosophy, and studied Film Cinematography in the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He founded Skreen Films with his wife, Tanushree Das Sahi. They are currently based in Goa, India.