MONITOR: CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIAN FILM AND VIDEO Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
The South Asian Visual Arts Collective (SAVAC) opens up a juicy bag of work this weekend at Atom Egoyan's and Hussain Amarshi's Camera Bar, ranging from up-to-the-minute artists' video to British satire to activist documentary. Culled from Asia, Europe and right here in town, the program peaks with Nurjahan Akhlaq's Flight, already praised in these pages as a standout of 2004, as well as two kinds of personal video.
In Untitled Displacement Series #2, surveillance shots of a woman eating break down into chunks of jittering video grain. Pavitra Wickramasinghe takes only one minute to build a beautiful, shattered portrait. And in the UK comedy Holly Bolly, director Dishad Husain takes the diversity ghetto personally. One black and one Asian filmmaker struggle to tell their own story while butting heads with money men just looking for gangsta bhangra. (January 23, Camera Bar)