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Explore stories about the urban landscape and its different aspects through non-fiction films at the third edition of Urban Lens Film Festival.

Urban narratives

Organised by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS, an academic institution that works on the urban, and the efficient transformation of settlements), Urban Lens Film Festival is all set to kick off its third edition. Screening 25 non-fiction films which include Indian, international, animation and student films, the three-day event will focus on narratives about the city and its different facets, from political and socio-economic to cultural. Expect movies with storytelling techniques and formal practices like ethnographic accounts and personal essay films, all of them delving into the real or imagined idea of the city.

City portraits

Apart from Indian films like Mira Nair’s documentaries, India Cabaret and So Far From India, and Rahul Roy’s 2-hour-long docu-film, The Factory (based on the popular automobile manufacturing company, Maruti Suzuki), be sure to check out Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (which portrays the music scene in modern Istanbul), directed by Fatih Akin and Jens Wenkel’s Lagos – Notes of a City, which explores Lagos (Nigeria), one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Talking movies

The festival will also include panel discussions with film practitioners and academics on different contexts, languages and aesthetics that go into creating intimate narratives of the city. Possibilities of the non-fiction medium, urban narratives created by personal histories and cinematographers’ experiences while making a film are just some of the topics which will be explored.

Where: IIHS, 16th Cross Rd, Sadashiva Nagar, Armane Nagar

When: Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 6 (free entry)

Contact: 080 67606666

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