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Hacking Expanded Cinema

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

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In 2015, students of the Film and Television Institute of India took cinema to thestreets with a famous strike. It was one of the first of the well-known campus agitations that raged across India’s universities between 2014 and 2019. In this time, as the right to make and show film became central to defining freedom on the campus, a new role emerged for the moving image. The names of Eisenstein and Pudovkin, John Abraham, Tarkovsky and Ghatak, recited in slogans and displayed on banners, evoked a fifty-year history of political cinema that would, in 2015, set itself against the might of India's political establishment. John-Ghatak-Tarkovsky: Hacking Expanded Cinema tells the longer cinematic history of a technological and political transformation, redefining cinema amid growing state totalitarianism and a new era in political struggle.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is an independent scholar and curator. He has authored several books such as Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009) and Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (with Paul Willemen) (1994). Among his curatorial projects are (with Geeta Kapur) Bombay-Mumbai 1992-2001 (Century City, Tate Modern, 2001) and Tah-Satah: A Very Deep Surface (Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, 2017).