if a review is older than 3 months ive probably changed my mind
draws formally from twilight city, using an epistolary form to insert the personal at the centre of a political documentary. L is a middle-caste (?) film student whose upper-caste partner could fight the good fight against hindu nationalism at university, but wouldn't fight for their intercaste relationship against his parents. kapadia's style of personal, slow, sonically rich documentaries brushes up against intense and angry student speeches and phone camera footage as the universities come under assault by police and militias…
watched as part of a lecture by the artist. really generous and intelligent man, filmmaking as a collaborative body of people and opaque filmmaking as an opportunity to disrupt the imperial practices in film history. im not sure how that comes across in the film without introduction but it is beautiful and calming
when that one yute talks abt the come in love / stay in peace painting on brixton bridge that got commissioned to cover up "fuck off back to clapham yuppie cunts" and he doesnt even mention that.
man, i work in arts-based youth work. its always the same generic chat abt community, belonging, amorphous change. we can ask young people more interesting questions.