We have three, double passes to give away for Jai Bhim Comrade and The King of Pigs playing at the Sydney Film Festival (6-17th June). To go into the draw for this giveaway email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 5th. Please remember to put the title of the film you wish to see in the subject line of the email.*
Jai Bhim Comrade- Thursday 7th June, 7:35pm at the Dendy Opera Quays
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar was a hero of India’s oppressed Dalit (‘untouchable’) community. When his statue in Mumbai’s Ramabai colony was desecrated in 1997, angry crowds gathered. The police opened fire, killing 10 unarmed Dalits. Vilas Ghogre, an activist, poet and singer, hung himself in despair. Anand Patwardhan-the acclaimed director of In the Name of God, Father, Son and Holy War and War and Peace (all three of which screened at past Sydney Film Festivals) – traces the protest through the poetry and music of Ghogre and others. When asked why it took 14 years to make his film (which won the Firebird Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival), Patwardhan replies, “I wanted to continue filming till all the false cases against the people in the colony were removed, or until the police officers who had ordered the firing were sent to jail.”
The King of Pigs- Tuesday 12th June, 6:15pm at the State Theatre
A daring, disturbing and violent animated film about bullying, social status and class difference, The King of Pigs marks a brave new direction for Korean animation. Kyung-min, a virtually bankrupt businessman, and journalist Jong-suk were once classmates in middle school. They reunite 15 years later and talk about about their school days, in which the rich and powerful students were called ‘dogs’ and the poor ones ‘pigs’. This clear social distinction created an atmosphere that allowed for the the privileged to abuse the less fortunate. The hierarchies and systematic humiliations are questioned by no one, and condoned by the school’s teachers – at least until the arrival of Chul, who takes on the dogs with clarity of purpose and brutality not seen before in the school. He becomes Kyung-min and Jong-suk’s hero, fighting their battles and toughening them up. But the relationship between the hero and his followers is a complex one, and the film gradually reveals the lingering effects of a childhood marred by inhumanity. The darkness of the story is matched by stark and brutal imagery, making The King of Pigs a truly visionary and uncompromising work of art.
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