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Experimenta India: OM DAR-B-DAR
American Cinematheque - Egyptian Theater
Los Angeles, CA
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Experimenta India: OM DAR-B-DAR
Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
Experimenta India: OM DAR-B-DAR
Kamal Swaroop's Legendary 1988 Experimental Feature!
on Sunday June 25 (7:30pm @ Spielberg Theater @ The Egyptian)

Also, don't miss our two follow-up shows of Indian experimental cinema, with filmmakers/curators Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel in person from India!
-Monday, June 26, 8:00pm @ Echo Park Film Center
-Wednesday, June 28, 7:30pm @ Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum (co-presented with UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Los Angeles Filmforum is proud to host an extremely rare screening of the legendary 1988 Indian experimental feature by Kamal Swaroop, OM DAR-B-DAR, an unclassifiable, genre-mashing, phantasmagorical satire that New Delhi Film Society called a non-linear assembly of images and audio scraps from Hindi movie songs, radio jingles and advertisements [which] combine to produce a one-of-its-kind cinematic experience.

Set in the picturesque town of Ajmer, Rajasthan, Kamal Swaroops film is a cult classic with feminist overtones and a colorful cast of characters including a young boy who can hold his breath, a runaway Bollywood actress with a shady past, a merchant who believes he can shit diamonds and a gang of terrorist tadpoles. Touted as 'the great Indian LSD trip,' the film premiered to rave reviews at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988, and has since then achieved mythological status in India, influencing a whole generation of filmmakers. Swaroop draws irreverently from mythology, politics, philosophy and popular culture to create a genre-defying film that one critic hailed as 'the antithesis to what is globally considered Indian cinema.' (San Francisco Cinematheque)

This screening is the first in a series of three different programs focusing on the Indian avant-garde, curated by our guests Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel. Despite a long and internationally celebrated cinematic tradition, the Indian avant-garde is much lesser known to American audiences than the many canonical works of Indian feature filmmaking. With generous support from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Filmforum has invited Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel to present their own acclaimed works along with a specially curated selection of short films that will attempt an abbreviated survey of Indias experimental cinematic landscape. Their joint visit to Los Angeles to share and discuss their and other artists work is an incredibly rare opportunity not to be missed!

What: Experimenta India: OM DAR-B-DAR
Kamal Swaroop's Legendary 1988 Experimental Feature!
digital presentation, color, sound, 101 minutes
on Sunday June 25 (7:30pm @ Spielberg Theater @ The Egyptian)
Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

For more information: or 323-377-7238.

Kamal  Swaroop was born in Kashmir. His father was a teacher and palmist and mother, a homemaker. The family moved to Ajmer, where he graduated in biology before moving to Pune to study film direction. He had a brief stint at ISRO, where he used Russian fairytales to teach science to kids, and then took filmmaking classes in a remote village in Maharashtra.
In 1974 he graduated from the Film and Television Institute, having received international acclai mfor his student work. He assisted the director Richard Attenborough in the filming of Gandhi (1982), in addition to continuing to make documentary as well as feature films. He is currently working on a full-length documentary titled The Battle of Benaras, produced by Medient.
Famously banned at the time of its original completion, his legendary film Om-Dar-B-Dar (1988) is considered his master work.


This program is supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts; the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the citys longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2017 is our 42nd year.

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American Cinematheque - Egyptian Theater (View)
6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
United States

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