Screening of award winning film, Jan Villa
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2011 – Tiger Award
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2011 – Ken Burns award for best of the festival
Natasha Mendonca will be visiting Arcadia University’s communications program on April 20th, 2011.
She will screen her short film, Jan Villa, which won the top award for short film at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam earlier this year.
After the screening, Natasha will also answer student questions and discuss the process of making this short film.
Here are some sample reviews of the film:
After the monsoon floods of 2005 that submerged Bombay, the filmmaker returns to her city to examine the personal impact of the devastating event. A tapestry of images studies the space of a post-colonial metropolis but in a way that deeply implicates the personal. The destruction wreaked by the floods becomes a telling and a dismantling of other devastations and the sanctuaries of family and home.
In its structure, Jan Villa is a vortex, drawing to its center all that surrounds it.
Jan Villa dismantles the time-honored concept of Hasyam rasa (Mirth) by dealing with dual concepts of the architecture of Bombay city and the construction of family and home. The film explores how multiple narratives of the city intersect and collide and how myth and reality intertwine to produce meaning.
Natasha Mendonca’s documentary on Mumbai floods makes it to the Rotterdam International Film Festival
When the monsoon floods of 2005 ravaged Mumbai, bringing the city to its knees, independent filmmaker Natasha Mendonca had a hard time coping with its vagaries. Her family mansion in Borivali, Jan Villa, was completely inundated, leaving it “in a miserable state”. “There was water half way up the walls, completely spoiling the fabric of the building. We later sold it off for a pittance,” recalls Mendonca, 32. Last year she shot a 20-minute documentary, Jan Villa, based on her recollections of the floods, as part of a thesis submission for her Masters in Film and Video from the California Institute of Arts, USA. The film is one of the two Indian entries in the running for this year’s Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, which carries a cash prize of euros 15,000 (approximately Rs 9 lakhs). The festival begins on January 26.
Jan Villa – Natasha Mendonca, USA/India, 2010
In Jan Villa, the filmmaker succeeds in telling a deeply moving story that is at once personal and universal. What begins as an outsider’s point-of-view imperceptibly transforms to subjective camera. Through poetic images and notably without the use of voice-over, the film maker intimately reveals to us the soul of a city after devastation.
Rotterdam Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2011