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RAE 2008

Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Yossi Balanescu-Bal
Chameli

Other form of assessable output

BAFTA
London

April 29, 2007

film: Executive Producer and Artistic Adviser

Chameli is a High Definition originated Short Film Drama shot in a village in Bangladesh. The film is based on a true story and is dedicated to the memory of children on the Indian Subcontinent who have been kidnapped, trafficked, sold into slave labour or prostitution or even mutilated or murdered to have their organs removed.

The film is, in a certain sense, dedicated to the memory of Satyajit Ray and it bears tribute to Ray’s humanistic philosophy and emotionally loaded narrative approach. Ray’s cinematic creative journey, his dedication to directing his actors in depth, learned through his early apprenticeship with Jean Renoir, his visual economy of means of expression and his rigour of narrative story telling have been a precious input for my own researches into film language. As such, this project contributes to my ongoing exploration of filmic narrative language across very distinct world-cinema cultures, in particular questioning documentary and drama genres and, in this instance, exploring strongly contrasting Eastern and Western acting traditions.

My role as Artistic Advisor for this film entailed giving advice on the script and the cinematography planning for the Bangaldesh location shoot. I also had a very close involvement with the final post production editing stage, working with the director on every cut he made.

Chameli was a Finalist of the Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition 2007 and was screened at the Award Ceremony at BAFTA, April 29, 2007.

about the Sajayit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition

The film was also screened as part of Bite the Mango film festival, National Media Museum, Bradford, September 23, 2007.

Bite the Mango film festival 2007


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