Attempting to take the movie-watching experience outside the confines of a theatre, a group of German film enthusiasts have brought a unique project to India.
A Wall Is A Screen is a mix of a city tour and a public screening, where the group walks around a particular part of a city and projects short films on bright walls around the area, inviting curious passers-by to have a dekko.
“We screen films from all genres - fiction, documentary, experimental among others. The only criterion for screening is that the film must correspond in some way to the areas around which it is screened. Also, all of these are short film, no longer than 12 minutes,” says Sven Schwarz, member of A Wall Is A Screen.
Conceptualised in 2003, the idea behind the Hamburg-based project is not only to engage people with the film being screened, but also to trigger dialogue among them. The project has travelled around the globe, organising screenings on walls from that of an apartment block in Kosovo to a marketplace in Istanbul, Turkey. “After the screening, we invite the audience to ask questions. And it is quite interesting to see that post-screening, people often start engaging with each other on topics highlighted in the films, says Schwarz.
Last week, the group travelled around Defence Colony Market in Delhi and screened films on architecture on huge bright walls in the busy area. So while Schwarz, along with fellow members Thomas Baumgarten and Peter Stein, has experimented with travelling around crowded streets of Hyderabad and Delhi, the outdoor screening in Mumbai will be organised on the Whistling Woods International campus.
Ask him about the kind of films they plan to screen, keeping in mind the academic surrounding, and Schwarz says, “We will screen a few films on architecture, besides anything that we might feel like after walking around there.”