Jab they met

Documentary film maker Rahul Roy did an M. A. in film and television production at the Mass Communication Research Center, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. He is a recipient of a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation (the one that gives the genius awards) to make documentaries on the thems of masculinity.

The last edition of Persistence Resistance- Magic Lantern's great festival- had a retrospective of his films. Here's what they said: For most documentary film lovers, Rahul Roy is a well known figure. Making films from the late 1980s onwards, both individually and in collaboration with filmmaker Saba Dewan, Roy has carved a niche for himself within the documentary and the independent film category in India as well as across the worlds. His films have traveled across the globe to various documentary film festivals and have won several prestigious awards. His work has focused primarily on masculinities.
Rahul Roy’s films explore the themes of masculinity and gender relations against the larger background of communalism, labour, class identities and urban spaces. His films are not simply interested in documenting the lives of different figures, but instead they engage the spectator in a dialogue with the context of the film. For Roy, “Being creative is in some ways through your work, being able to give, provide these small little new insights into life, and into what is happening around us, and I think that at various points is probably a far greater contribution that attending demonstrations.” Rahul Roy, through his films seeks to find a unique political language of filmmaking to tell human stories.
The Documentaries pages on the new SwB website are getting populated with Magic Lantern Films, and three films by Rahul Roy, When Four Friends meet (2000), Majma (2001) and The City Beautiful (2003) can be ordered through us.
By the way, our Documentaries pages carry a lot of other exciting film makers as well (with sample clips that they are linked to on Youtube).
Besides film making Roy has been researching and writing on masculinities. His graphic book on masculinities titled A Little Book on Men is published by Yoda Press.

India today is abuzz about how things are changing for the new Indian woman. Yet no one is talking about men. As the varied discourses within gender studies grow increasingly complex, the study of masculinities continues to remain an area of darkness within the South Asian reality. The obvious is familiar to all—the visible, hegemonic masculinity which bristles on the slightest provocation and proudly displays its wares. But what about various other masculinities, those which remain silent and unrecognised, pushed under and behind their ‘hyper-masculine’ brethren? One might ask—are the two kinds of masculinities locked in an eternal conflict? And are these masculinities permanent, unchangeable, or do they evolve and transform with time? An unprecedented and timely effort, the Little Book on Men, attempts to address many of these questions in a creative and reader-friendly manner through drawings, text and video frames. Drawing on popular culture, socialisation charts used in schools, poetry, personal narratives and documentary footage, this unique book brings together the main theories, key concepts and empirical research on masculinities even as it contributes to the construction of a language which men in South Asia can use to talk about themselves in different and individually distinct ways.
In our Gender Studies section, in paperback, 72 pages, Rs 195. ISBN: 9788190363488

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