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Category Archives: Cinema

Interview with the film director and producer Yatra Srinivassan

We interviewed Yatra Srinivassan, a local film director and producer whose interests are very tied to the community in which he lives and was born. His latest films, with a social and environmental background, were screened at the just-completed Áuroville Film Festival and received various awards. We invite you to listen to his words (Tamil, English subtitled)

Auroville Film Festival (#2)

In this episode of AVFF 2017, we engage in conversation with Tom Mo, who is a filmmaker and a teacher. A film enthusiast, he talks to us about how important the film festival is for Auroville. We also discuss the main categories for submission, Kino Cell, Kino Cabaret and about getting in touch with more funders for the festival to come alive.

A presentation by Michele Decoust

Le Pavillon de France présente UN INSTANT D’ÉTERNITÉ L’'Art Lumière de Viviane José Restieau Film Exceptionnel de Michèle Decoust. Projection en présence de la réalisatrice Version française avec sous-titres anglais (55 min-2015) Wednesday 20 janvier 2015 at 17 h Cinéma Paradiso (Town Hall) This film by Michèle Decoust * presented for the first time the extraordinary life of  a painter, Viviane José Restieau, and the Odyssey of her  inspiration whose work  "directly" transcends the singularity of a life. Art Light, a part of the truth of our times, in quantum physics we discover that we are the atoms of a single great body, connected to the Earth and the Cosmos, and in solidarity with the same destiny. This unconventional piece challenges leading physicists, paleontologists and internationally renowned professors of medicine, plunging them into the sources of our humanity, and the origins of life. And are thus connected in multiple styles and beyond dogma, the great archetypes of the living, sacred geometry of its forms, the embryo-genesis, totems signs Peoples Roots, or the revelations of the Vedas and Sufi mystics. Entirely carried by the breath -  SATPREM's work is also a vibrant source- Art Light reveals, illuminates, and heals. Michele* Decoust is a writer and filmmaker. Since 2010, she has directed  "Auroville Earth for Tomorrow ", " Auroville, The Golden Link "  and a "Brief Infinity"  (in collaboration with Gabrielle Baud).

Comments: 0 Date: 16 Jan 2016

AVFF Panel discussion- 4th Oct

Auroville Film Festival Roundtable discussions on Human Unity lead by Sasi, featuring; Suresh, Tlaloc, Lata, Marco, Sanjay and others

Vox pop on Cinema

At Cinema Paradiso, we have a number of people coming to watch the movies where they spend their evenings delightfully. In this conversation with few of the participants, we get to know more about their liking to the cinema and in the end, we ask with a pinch of humor whether it would be good to bring snacks to the cinema, surprisingly most of us would want this place to be clean and kept just as the way it is for the cinema lovers.

Comments: 0 Date: 07 Aug 2017

Interview with Anna Bohlmark

Anna Bohlmark, a film maker from Sweden is in Auroville, to experience Auroville and give an experience to people for Auroville through her film, Fog of Bwindi. It is a very heart touching short film, which is more of documentary of events which occurred in 1991, when the Uganda government decided (with the backing of World Bank) to convert the Bwindi forest area into a protected national park. And in order to make successful this decision, the government had to evacuate and literally remove the indigenous people of that region, the pygmies of the Batwa tribe. The national park is a big tourist attraction, paying 500US$ per person to observe and engage with the endangered species of guerrilla. The government completely undersighted the relationship of the Batwa pygmies who have inhabitated those regions for 1000's of years. The pygmies now find themselves, without their home nor land to basically survive upon. No help, support or rehabilitation plan was prepared for evacuation of nearly 6000 pygmies. Anna through her film, ventures deep into the lives of these unique and indigenous people to tell state of what occurred in their lives, when their own government abandoned them with any show or cause.

Comments: 0 Date: 26 Feb 2017

Un instant d’eternite French

Le Pavillon de France présente
L’Art Lumière de Viviane José Restieau
Film Exceptionnel de Michèle Decoust. Projection en présence de la réalisatrice

Version française avec sous-titres anglais (55 min-2015)
Mercredi 20 janvier 2015 à 17 h
Cinéma Paradiso (Town Hall)
Ce film de Michèle Decoust* présente pour la première fois la vie extraordinaire d’une artiste peintre, Viviane José Restieau, et l’odyssée d’une Œuvre dont l’inspiration « directe » transcende la singularité d’une vie.
Visionnaire, l’Art Lumière s’inscrit dans la vérité de notre temps, où la physique quantique nous fait découvrir que nous sommes les atomes d’un seul et même grand corps, reliés à la Terre et au Cosmos, et solidaires de la même destinée.
Cette Œuvre hors normes, qui interpelle d’éminents physiciens, paléontologues ou professeurs de médecine de renommée internationale, plonge aux sources de notre Humanité, et aux origines de la Vie. Sont ainsi reliés, dans des styles multiples et hors de tout dogme, les grands archétypes du Vivant, la géométrie sacrée de ses formes, l’embryogénèse, les signes totems des Peuples Racines, ou les révélations des Vedas et des mystiques soufis.
Tout entier porté par ce Souffle - dont l’Œuvre de SATPREM est aussi une source vibrante- l’Art Lumière dévoile, illumine, et guérit.
*Michèle Decoust est écrivain et cinéaste. Depuis 2010, elle a notamment réalisé “Auroville, Une Terre pour Demain”, “Auroville, Le Lien d’Or”, “Voyage dans l’Infiniment Bref”(en collaboration avec Gabrielle Baud)

Auroville Film Festival #3

In this episode of The Auroville Film Festival, we talk to Tlaloc who is a part of the main team of AVFF. He moved to Auroville from Miami in the 70s and has been a part of various activities and projects in and around Auroville ever since. We discuss many aspects of the Auroville Film Festival including food, music and all the art installations, as well as the new advancements in the crowd funding process.

A Film on Pygmies from Bwindi

Documentary -


Uganda, 2015, Dir. Anna Bohlmark, 25 minutes, Documentary, English with English subtitles, Rated: G

For thousands of years the Batwa (a pygmy tribe) lived in harmony with the mountain gorillas in the Bwindi forest, south Western part of Uganda. In 1991, when the Bwindi forest became a world heritage, the pygmies were forcefully evacuated from the forest to leave space for the endangered gorillas. The mountain gorillas have become one of Africa´s biggest tourist attractions. But what happened to the Batwas?

This documentary give a frightening insight in a society that places economic interests above all others including human dignity.

Voices from the AV Film Festival

The 2015 Auroville Film Festival aimed to connect with people living in and around Auroville, while celebrating the theme of diversity and human unity. As well as the film screenings, the festival also featured a variety of musical and dance performances, and food stalls run by local groups including the Youth Centre and Sadhana Forest. We spoke to Aurovillians and visitors to see what they thought of the festival, and whether they felt it brought the community closer together.

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