suma josson

Suma Josson was born in Kerala and graduated in English Literature from Minnesota, USA. She began her career as a journalist and switched over to the visual media. She has made a number of documentary films. Her Bombay's Blood Yatra about the communal riots in Bombay won wide acclaim in the country and abroad. Her other documentaries include 47 Seconds & After: Latur, Osmanabad, Akbar Padamsee & the Last Image , Waste (on Gerd Rohling, a German installation artist and ragpicker) and One More Day to Live (on V P Singh, as a painter).

She is also a well known poet and fiction writer and has published in various indian and international magazines. She has published three books 'Poems and Plays', 'A Harvest of Light' (a collection of plays), and 'Circumferences' (a novel).

Her debut film was Janmadhinam which won three state awards, and was screened at various international film festvals including the 1999 Berlin Festival. She was one of the five women filmmakers commissioned to make a documentary Trading Images on the subject 'women's space' in a German international coproduction. Saree is her second feature film.


Janmadinam - 1998

Sarasu has come to the hospital to deliver her baby. Amma, her mother, is with her, to assist her. The actual time-span of the film is a single night which the mother and the daughter spend at the hospital. Sarasu, a TV-reporter working in Bombay, keeps a diary into which she pours her inner-most feelings. We find out that Sarasu was forced by her father to marry Raghu, although she was in love with Ajay, a cameraman. A few months after her marriage, she passes through Bombay to join her husband. On the way, she meets Ajay in his flat. This is during the '93 communal violence in Bombay. In the aftermath of this meeting, Sarasu is finally forced to make a choice. And Amma realizes that she also has to take a stand, as a result of Sarasu's choice. It is this unspoken, unseen, subtle tension between mother and daughter, and a slow psychological unfolding of the personal histories of the main characters, which form the content of this film.

Direction & Screenplay: Suma Josson
Cast: Nandita Das, Surekha Sikhri
Cinematography: Hari Nair
Music: Narayana Mani

Saree - 1999

Two children, Gita and Radha, are stranded in the no man's land between two worlds that dominate contemporary childhood: school and home. This in-between land is one of myriad dreams, fears, and fantasies all yearning to take the shape of a free fluid space where children can summon whichever spirit they like. The two young friends are on their way back from the school as they recount their dreams in this subliminal space available only to childhood.

Saree was selected for the 1999 Berlin Festival, and in 2000 it was the inaugural film at the Mambai International Film Festival in Mumbai.

Direction & Screenplay: Suma Josson
Cast: : Remya, Krishna, Nedumudi Venu, Sreelatha, Priyanka
Cinematography: M J Radhakrishnan, K G Jayan
Editing: Bina
Music: Chandran Veyattumal

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