SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009: SHORT FILM
Director: Kuldip Powar; Producer: Nithin Sawhney & Kuldip Powar
Unravelling is a short film that pursues an inter-generational poetic dialogue in the Urdu language, between the director and his Grandfather Sawarn Singh – a War Veteran who as a soldier in the Indian Army that fought for the British in WWII: Burma; The Middle East and Africa.
Through poetic motifs the film explores the complex themes of war & remembrance, loss & exclusion and colonial legacy in contemporary Britain.
The project sees director Kuldip Powar join forces with award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney in a collaboration that subverts traditional director-composer working methods. Sawhney responds to the poetry creating an intricate moving score that serves as a starting point for Powar’s beautifully crafted imagery. What emerges is a sensory experience that is both evocative and haunting. This film invites us to explore our own ambivalence towards collective and personal stories of war.
Kuldip Powar is a film director who has worked on various film projects that explore the lives of Asians in Britain. He studied Art & Design at Central St. Martins College and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Art & Design from Middlesex University. Kuldip has also studied for a Raindance Diploma in Directing.
He completed a short film piece Remembrance (2005) funded by the BFI ‘Screen Rootz’ Initiative, poetically exploring post-colonial memory of WWII vis-à-vis personal testimony and narrative. Kuldip co-directed the film, Kabhi Ritz Kabhie Palladium (2003) about the social cinema scenes amongst the South Asian Diaspora communities of Coventry, for a Herbert Art Gallery & Museum exhibition. He has experience in conducting oral and visual ethnographies across Britain in Southall, being able to converse in Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.
He directed and archived an oral history documentary (funded by the MLA) titled For the Record: the social life of Indian vinyl in Southall (2008). He has also worked with Goldsmiths University and Nitin Sawhney on his latest film ‘Unravelling’ (2008) – a journey into war, memory & loss, funded by the ARHC.
Kuldip is also a member of the ‘Music in Museums’ meeting group (programmed by the MLA) and has given presentations at The Horniman Museum and The Royal College of Music. He is a member of the Punjabi Sangat Group at the Royal Geographical Society. Kuldip also works for the Sorrell Foundation on the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ program.