Curators' Picks

These films are selections from packages and film programmes curated by eminent curators who will also conduct sessions at the ARCUREA cinema curation workshop. These packages/installations featured in various international festivals and art events, and have received critical acclaim. The curatorial or concept notes of these packages or programmes along with these films are intended to give the viewers a glimpse into the curatorial process: how the act of curating evolves from ideation to actualization; how a curatorial concept is contextualised and elaborated through films or images, and their selection, sequencing, and presentation.

Curating in the Age of Expanded Cinema: Putting Mani Kaul into the Art Museum

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Uski Roti 

Mani Kaul

1969/digitally remastered version

Directed by Mani Kaul, Uski Roti traces the lives of a truck driver Sucha Singh and his wife Balo. While Sucha leads an independent life and comes home only once a week, he expects his wife to play the traditional role of a devoted wife. This film explores the dynamics of this strange relationship between them.

One Film At A Time

Shai Heredia

Tambaku Chaakila Oob Ali

Yugantar Films


Tambaku Chaakila Oob Aali traces the history and strike actions of the all women trade union of over 3000 tobacco workers in Nipani (Karnataka). It was made in collaboration with female tobacco factory workers. The film documents, re-enacts and takes forward one of the largest movements of unorganised labour of its time and context which sparked unionising processes across Karnataka and Maharashtra throughout the 1980s. Attracted by the power of these large scale strike actions provoked by women workers and following the spirit of mobilising for the left labour and the women’s movement the Yugantar film collective embarked on their 2nd film. 

Haan Aur Na Ke Beech Mein: Between Yes and No

Shabnam Virmani

Koi Sunta Hai: Journeys with Kumar & Kabir 

Shabnam Virmani


Interweaving the folk music traditions of the mystic poet Kabir with the life and music of the late classical singer Kumar Gandharva, this film searches for that elusive sound, that jhini si awaaz, Kabir urges us to hear. Where does it resonate, that subtle sound? Journeying between folk and classical, oral and written, rural and urban expressions of this 15th century mystic poet of north India, the film finds moments of both continuity and rupture between these disparate worlds.


Pop and Politics

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Archive

Surprise Boogie

Albert Pierru/France


Jazz music as a stimulating motive.


Jan Lenica/France 


During his everyday work, a man is visited by an uncanny guest, the letter A. By all peaceful means, the man tries to get rid of the intruder.


Nida Ghouse

Frauen in Berlin

(Women in Berlin) 

Chetna Vora


Chetna Vora began studying directing at the Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1976. Frauen in Berlin was supposed to be her diploma film at the institute. Vora had come to the GDR on a scholarship from the Communist Party of India and filmed women talking about their lives with rare candour, in long and barely edited takes. All the conversations are shot in interior rooms. They talk about work, relationships, what’s left of the day, and families – which is naturally political.