Screening of Indian & Korean films from the Manifest Dance - Film Festival.

We are delighted to present an evening of a screening of Indian & Korean dance-films curated by AuroApaar with an introduction to this emerging genre, followed by an audience Q&A.

The coming together of dance and film in new ways is exciting for artists and art lovers all over the world. Join the curators of South Asia's only dance-film festival'manifest dance-film festival' as they introduce key features of this radical genre through a selection of Korean and Indian dance-films.

The screening of films will be followed by an interactive session focussed on audience questions and comments. The session will be led by Abhyuday Khaitan, Program Head, Manifest Dance-film Festival. Abhyuday is a filmmaker whose works have screened at various festivals around the world. His last documentary won a 'Special Mention' at the MIFF 2022.

Event duration: 2 hrs Friday, 15 September 2023 at 6.00 p.m. at InKo Centre.

The following films will be screened:


Movie : Plastis
Director : Puneet Jewandah (India)
Duration : 13 min.
Completion date : 2023.
Synopsis : Plastic is all over us and all around us. We can battle it, embrace it, reject it, accept it.

Never Never Land

Movie : Never Never Land
Director : Jungjae Hur (South Korea)
Duration : 12 min.
Completion date : 2021.
Synopsis : Youngmin was preparing for a dance contest then, all of a sudden, can't hear.

I am Paper

Movie : I Am Paper
Director : Sugandh Lamba (India)
Duration : 10 min.
Completion date : 2023.
Synopsis : A piece of paper floats around in the city and ends up in a pile of rubbish. Will it be saved?

New Wave

Movie : New Wave
Director : Seungwan Jin (South Korea)
Duration : 5 min.
Completion date : 2022.
Synopsis : A great escape from femininity.

Pin Drop

Movie : Pin Drop
Director : Hyun-sang Cho (South Korea)
Duration : 8 min.
Completion date : 2020.
Synopsis : An ironic look at the social impact of mobile phones.

About Manifest Dance-Film Festival:

Launched in ‘22, Manifest is the only annual international dance-film festival South Asia. In its second edition in ‘23, Manifest received 242 dance-films from across 5 continents. Apart from screenings in the Alliance Francaise auditorium, Ponducherry there were hybrid cinema experiences, performances, workshops and masterclasses by dance and filmmaking experts. The aim of Manifest is to strengthen the Indian dance-filmmaking community and create new pathways for experimental cross-media work. .

About AuroApaar

A trans-media arts centre based near Pondicherry, AuroApaar is artist-run and not-for-profit. Its mission is to bridge heritage movement arts and digital media in new expressions. AuroApaar launched the only annual international dance-film festival in South Asia- the Manifest Dance-film Festival. It also runs the dance-filmmaking residential lab ‘the Manifest Dance-film Incubator’.

About the curators

Abhyuday Khaitan has trained in filmmaking in India and the UK and has worked across mainstream and independent cinema as a cinematographer. He has directed award-winning short films and his latest feature-length documentary was awarded a ‘Special Mention’ at the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) ‘22. Abhyuday’s special interest is in the lyrical possibilities of film.

Ashavari Majumdar a.k.a Vajrasara is a movement artist trained in Kathak. She has studied English Literature up to PhD level and scripted and directed short films. Ashavari’s performance work has been supported by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, ICCR, IFA, Channel 4, Goethe Institut among others. Her interests are in the intersection of image, movement and text in post-colonial contexts.