Elphinstone Institute Ethnographic Film Series
6.30pm, MacRobert Building 051 | Free
Kashi Labh explores the way in which Hindu pilgrims and their families stage a distinctive politics-of-care, while they anticipate and create the possibility of Moksha for their dying relative in Varanasi, India's holy city. This research examines audiovisual ethnography as it facilitates a performative space that allowed Nayyar and his interlocutor Shiv to navigate the holy city and improvise different possibilities for his mother’s Moksha during his ten-day stay in Varanasi.The film facilitates an intimate space for discussing dying, death and end-of-life care.
Rajat Nayyar is a filmmaker, anthropologist and a PhD student at the Department of Theatre, York University, Canada. His research interests are: everyday forms of resistance, verbal performative traditions, community archives, fiction and performance as a practice in producing collaborative audio-visual ethnography. Rajat is the founder of Espírito Kashi, a media project working on finding new embodied and critical ways of engaging with Intangible Heritage of rural India.
The screening will be followed by a video-link Q&A with filmmaker Rajat Nayyar.