Avijit Mukul Kishore Film Festival

October 2, 2019 to October 4, 2019

Please view festival poster here.


Cinema, Architecture, Art: Envisioning Aesthetics, Politics, Citizenship and Personal Stories

A Festival of Documentaries from India at the University of Virginia

With Avijit Mukul Kishore and Bilal Qureshi

Moderated by Geeta Patel, UVA

October 2-4, 2019

*All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 2nd 

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Minor Hall 125

Film screening of “Nostalgia for the Future” (2017) followed by discussion and reception.

“Nostalgia” asks: How does a postcolonial nation envision itself as modern? It explores citizenship and politics through domestic infrastructure: the architecture of homes from palaces to ashrams to public housing. Directed by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar.

Discussion: Bilal Qureshi, independent journalist and writer; Peter Waldman, School of Architecture, UVA; Skype conversation with Rohan Shivkumar, architect, urban designer from Mumbai; Avijit Mukul Kishore, director, cinematographer.



Thursday, October 3rd 

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Minor Hall 125

Film screening of "Lovely Villa” (2011) and “Vertical City” (2011) followed by discussion and reception.

“Vertical City” is a visual essay on the architecture of dystopia ruminates on at the fraught results of urban ‘renewal’ that shifts people into vertical slums. It is counterposed against “Lovely Villa,” a film on vertical suburbs, an ‘ideal’ community designed for modern India, which interrogates architecture, everyday life, family and memories of home. “Vertical City” directed by Avijit Mukul Kishore, “Lovely Villa” directed by Rohan Shivkumar and Avijit Mukul Kishore.

Discussion: Bilal Qureshi; Samhita Sunya, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, UVA; Hannah Cattarin, Assistant Curator, Fralin Museum of Art.




Friday, October 4th

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Hotel A

Film screening of “The Garden of Forgotten Snow” (2017) followed by discussion and lunch.

 “Garden” asks: How does an artist paint the aftermath of violence? Turning to the Nilima Sheikh’s paintings of Kashmir, the film explores beauty and desecration, landscape/environment, history and politics. Directed by Avijit Mukul Kishore.

Discussion: Bilal Qureshi; John Echeverri-Gent, Politics, UVA; Dan Ehnbom, McIntire Department of Art, UVA; Avijit, and Rohan on Skype.



Friday, October 4th

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Walk Through with Curators at The Fralin Museum of Art

"Otherwise" and "Asian Art from the Permanent and Select Private Collections"