If I Go, Where Do I Go ?
Krishna Baldev Vaid was a pioneer of Hindi experimental writing. Since the 2010’s he was living in a small apartment in New York, with his daughter. At 93, after a lifetime of his love-affair with language, he feels at a loss for words. His mercurial intelligence scales his life’s journey, mostly in silence. He reads out his own work, anxious to access the ‘dance of language’, for expressing which he had paid dearly. He takes brief walks into the city, the sounds are not those of his literature. He has visitors, enacting an avant-garde play. He watches, silent, his mind in a place deeper inside him, even as his senses are alert, looking outwards.
Amit Dutta is a filmmaker based in India. He studied cinema at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII). His films have won several awards including FIPRESCI at the Oberhausen Film Festival, Gold Mikaldi at Bilbao, Golden Conch at MIFF and four National Awards. Retrospectives of his work have taken place at Oberhausen, Germany; Cinéma du Réel, Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California.
Ashish Avikunthak has been producing films for the past 25 years. The films produced by him have been shown worldwide in film festivals, galleries and museums including the Tate Modern, London, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Taipei Biennial 2012, Shanghai Biennial 2014, etc. He has a PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University. He is now an Associate Professor in Film/Media at Harrington School of Communication, University of Rhode Island.