Sing the Body Electric
/ 1997 / No dialogue / Color / Video / 6 min
Director, Script, Photography, Editing: Shalinee Ghosh
Sound: Akhil Succena, Suresh SharmaŹMusic: Sandeep Pillai
Production Company, Source: National Institute of Design
Paldi Ahmedabad 380 007 Gujarat INDIA
Phone: 91-79-663-9692 / Fax: 91-79-660-5242
Graduated from the Indian National Institute of Design in 1998. She
specialized in Film and Video Communication. As a student trainee
under Mike Pandey she worked on Remains of the Ridge. It was
televised nationally on World Environment Day '96. Made in the
West, a student project of hers, dealt with recycling and dumping
of plastic waste. Her diploma film Imperative and the Challenge
documents water harvesting methods in the remote tribal areas
of India's Drylands. She also freelances as a still photographer and
writes in national dailies and journals abroad with her own illustrations.
A striking short video by a young film student transforms a grimy
ironworks factory into a magic wonderworld.
I Sing the Body Electric tries to capture the light, music
and magic of a factory manufacturing construction rods. Dawn to dusk
men risk their lives handling red hot ingots that turn in seconds
into glowing serpentine waves.
Searching for assembly line shots for another film I stumbled upon
this factory. The pulsating life hidden within the moribund exteriors
was a revelation. Seemingly lifeless ingots that came to life and
ruled. Activities of the men - their courage, skill and concentration.
Counter parted with the hectic activity, the calm alertness of squirrels,
and the yogic postures of frogs. Man, machine, decay, teeming nature,
residing in harmony.
I had difficulties, being the first woman on those premises. Several
weeks went by before I was accepted. Every moment I was warned that
lethal accidents were a breath away.
I had to shoot with a camera that had to be switched off every two
minutes because of the heat. Most of the sound had to be recreated
in the studio because there was no sound equipment.
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