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Which Colour?

Kayo Kayo Colour?
dir. Shahrukhkhan Chavada
India 2023, 96’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
Fr 17 Nov, 18:30
Kinoteka 1
Kinoteka 1
Online Availability
15 Nov, 10:00 – 3 Dec
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
World premiere - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023
Credits
India 2023
Duration: 96’
director: Shahrukhkhan Chavada
screenplay: Shahrukhkhan Chavada
cinematography: Shahrukhkhan Chavada
editing: Wafa Refai, Shahrukhkhan Chavada, Sanchay Bose
music: Fahad Zuberi
cast: Yushra Shaikh, Imtiyaz Shaikh, Samina Shaikh, Fahim Shaikh
producer: Wafa Refai, Shahrukhkhan Chavada
production: La Pataa Films Private Limited
language: Hindi, English, Gujarati
colouration: b&w

Film description

As the first rays of light start peeking into the small room, the camera begins its slow, unintrusive observation. A woman is following her usual daily routine. Her daughter helps fold the laundry. The husband is planning a new rickshaw business. The kids are playing games on the busy street. It's time to pray. The believers from the Muslim district of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, are gathering among the rhythmic chants. Through this simple, everyday record, Shahrukhkhan Chavada manifests his protest against the systemic erasure. The current politics of Nahendra Modi's government does not recognize the presence of Muslims in the Indian society, removing them from the official picture.

Chavada's documentary method restores the minority's place in the society, offering a vision far from the violence or sensation present in the mainstream productions about Muslims. He creates a very particular aesthetics of the everyday, capturing the Indian "culture of waiting" through static shots and loops of repeating rituals. Chavada's protagonists, suspended in a disquieting moment of waiting, become the subjects of a silent, empathetic manifesto, a proof of the existence of a Muslim identity in modern India.

text:
Łukasz Mańkowski

Shahrukhkhan Chavada

Raised in northern Gujarat, in the Palanpur countryside in western India. Despite being pressured to become an engineer, he chose a career in cinema. He learned about it by watching films – from the Italian neorealism, through the French New Wave, to the masters from Iran. The biggest inspiration for his films came from Lav Diaz and Abbas Kiarostami. "Which Colour?" is his feature debut he focuses on the Gujarati Muslim minority.

Filmography:

2023 Jaki kolor? / Kayo kayo colour? / Which Colour?

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