‘Scratches on Celluloid’ - Outtakes

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Following the online screening of Scratches on Celluloid, directors Vindhya Buthpitiya and Timothy Cooper engage in an online dialogue with Sabih Ahmed and Natasha Ginwala expanding on the questions, processes and challenges that went into the making of the film. Buthpitiya, an anthropologist and curator working at the intersection of conflict and visual culture in northern Sri Lanka, and Cooper, an anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker studying religion, ethics and popular media in contemporary Pakistan, discuss the film as an experiment in comparative anthropology that traverses between Jaffna and Lahore through the fraught histories of urban cinema and military operations in the period of 1980s and 90s. The session unpacks further the stories around cinemas as sites of state-enforced amnesia and collective attempts to remember.

As part of the programme, Buthpitiya and Cooper share an object history of their film through never-before shown clips of film-posters, tickets and ephemera around celluloid film culture that will form an online resource around this programme on the Ishara platform.
Period21 Aug 2021
Event titleReading Room Virtual Screening and Public Programme, Colomboscope / Ishara Art Foundation
Event typeOther