India. 2014. 47 min
Venue : Intermediae el Matadero
22 may Friday. 19.00
Bhalchandra (Appa Ajoba) and Kalindi Morje (Kaku Ajji), 90 and 83, are the oldest surviving members of the Morje family that settled in Vengurla in the 19th century. In an attempt to chronicle their lived histories in the Konkan coast, the filmmaker, also their grand niece, stumbles upon an ancestral history of her multicultural self.
Within blurry childhood memories of her maternal family and Vengurla, simmer questions of origin, belonging and home. As she begins to weave Appa’s handwritten account of his early life and times and Ajji’s recollections, she negotiates with her own experience of placelessness, only to find home in the sizzle of fried bangra (mackerel), warmth of triphala spices and luscious, golden Alphonsos.
Shweta Ghosh is a documentary filmmaker and researcher. A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (SMCS, TISS), Mumbai, she has explored her interest in disability, cuisine, travel and music through research and film projects.
Shweta’s debut documentary ‘Accsex’, a film exploring notions of beauty, body, sexuality and disability was awarded Special Mention at the 61st Indian National Film Awards and has won accolades across India and abroad. Shweta has recently premiered her new film ‘A Slice of Memory’ which explores history and culture in the coastal town of Vengurla, Maharashtra, through food memories. Her third feature documentary explores diversity in India through tea drinking cultures and is currently in post-production.
She has two peer-reviewed publications – a paper on food television, gender and cooking in urban, middle class India (Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal) and a paper on the representation of cuisine and culture by food television channels in India (‘SubVersions’ Media and Cultural Studies journal).