Gattu

screens: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 13:00
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 15:00
location: 
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
tickets: 
$8 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Director: 
Rajan Khosa
length: 
79min
year: 
2011
country: 
India

LANGUAGE: Hindi with English Subtitles

Subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader on Sunday, April 14

Gattu is an orphan who works at his guardian's scrap yard in a small Indian town. Though he's small in stature, Gattu has big ambitions - namely, defeating the mysterious black kite Kali, which dominates the sky above his kite-obsessed community. Needing to reach higher ground so that his kite can go head-to-head with Kali, Gattu impersonates a student at the local school so that he can gain access to its rooftop. Yet Gattu's determination to take down Kali will lead him to make other discoveries, to find new friends, and realize that what happens in the classroom can be just as wondrous as anything happening in the skies.  

Themes: poverty, hardship, literacy, ambition, inventiveness, education

Content Advisory: threats of physical violence, instances of an adult slapping a child

Rating: G ( Violence)

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Awards:

Audience Award and Honorable Mention Award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
Special mention under Best Film category , Berlin International Film Festival 2012

Following the Saturday, April 13, screening, you are invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cutouts will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

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Director's Photo: 
Rojan Khosa
Director's Bio: 
Rajan Khosa is an Indian writer-director-producer who has worked between the UK, Europe and India for the last decade. His most noted film, Dance of the Wind (1997),starring Kitu Gidwani in the lead role, won many national and International film awards, including Audience Award London Film Festival 1997 and Best Director British Asian Film Festival 1998.His latest film Gattu, won accolade at Berlinale and was named Best film at New York Indian Film Festival 2012.