Deutsche Version

Idhi Katha Matramena

English title: Is this just a Story?
Director: Yugantar    → show biography   
Country: India
Year: 1983
Synopsis: This short improvised fiction film is affectionately called Yugantar’s ‘hit’ film. In the midst of the very active autonomous women’s movement in India, Yugantar collaborated with the research and feminist activist collective Stree Shakhti Sanghatana, provoked by an urgency to broaden discourses and political practice on domestic violence. Through an intense period of a consciousness raising style sharing of their own varied and multi-layered experiences of domestic violence, members of both collectives created a script that focuses on isolation and depression while also developing a complex female character in the process of articulating her situation and finding support in female friendship. Given the prescribed screen presence of female characters in other Indian fiction films at the time Idhi Katha Matramena radically expands the figure of woman as victim and subject. The film travelled extensively, spoke powerfully to diverse female audiences and sparked debates amongst feminist activists. Filmed within one week, with limited resources and enacted by members of the collectives, the film’s capacity to speak to multiple experiences appears equally strong today. (Nicole Wolf)
Language: Telugu
Forum participation year: 2019

Technical Attributes

Format: DCP
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English, Russian
Resolution: 1480x1080
Size: 30,2 GiB
Container: DCP-Interop
Codec: JPEG2000, PCM
Running time (minutes): 26
Color: b&w
Sound: Mono
Aspect ratio: 1:1,37
Frames per second: 24