Director & Script: Madhusree Dutta & Philip Scheffner
Camera: Mukul Kishore / Philip Scheffner / Micz Flor
Editing: Shyamal Karmakar / Philip Scheffner
Production: Majlis, Bombay
Year of production: 2005
Format: DV, 60 min. colour
Country of Production: India / Germany
FROM HERE TO HERE was produced as part of the project: "MPORT EXPORT"
The film is part of an ongoing interaction involving two film-makers from India and Germany. Both filmmakers embark on a journey starting from their own locations, in search of scenes of overlapping identities in the context of the two countries. The film is structured around video scribbles on overlapping identities in their own context and between the two filmmakers.
The concepts of 'here' and 'there' form a central part of the investigation.
At what point does 'there' become 'here'?
Which patterns and mechanisms contribute to the concepts of 'here' and 'there' ?
Each segment of the film registers the legacy of one section of moving people, concepts, goods between two civilisations and how the other culture responds to it. The film is not a collage, but compilation of various independant notes and scribbles collected by the filmmakers in their separate and independant journey. The combination of different multi-perspective elements leads to a fragile audio-visual network where fragments of the historical, political and identity-making conditions shine through, contributing to the definitions of 'here' and'there'.