Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

De Sidere 7, An ensemble videocontemplation with Lata Mani

October 4, 2014

Please click here to watch the De Sidere 7 trailer

Renowned Indian feminist scholar Lata Mani and Argentinian filmmaker Nicolas Grandi present their recent collaboration, an experimental 38 minute video entitled De Sidere 7, a meditation on desire, queer embodiment, and urban space shot in New Delhi and Bangalore. The screening of the video will be accompanied by a discussion and Q&A lead by Lata Mani.

Lata Mani is a Bangalore based feminist historian and cultural critic. She is the author of Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India (1998). Nicolás Grandi is a filmmaker, arts educator, musician and sculptor from Buenos Aires. 

De Sidere 7 is an experimental work that interweaves performance, dance, poetry, storytelling and text to reflect upon aspects of desire. Shot in Bangalore and Delhi, the film scripts the work of five performing artists into a sensorially rich meditation on desire’s vexed status as at once, animating force, object of suspicion and ground of contention. De Sidere 7 is conceived as a videocontemplation: a formally plural, multilayered composition intended to be experienced as an integrated whole.

Monday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m., Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center

Reception to follow.