“Justine” at Cinema and Human Rights Day, Saturday 14th March 2015 10:00

Justine will be screening, along with a discussion chaired by Dr Jacqueline Maingard, University of Bristol, with Pratap Rughani, director, Iris Wakulenko, sound recordist and Kate Adams, the director of Project Art Works about the issues which making the film raised in relation to human rights. The event is free but registration is essential at Eventbrite:
Cinema and Human Rights Day
The Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image

Saturday 14th March, 2015, 10:00
Birkbeck Gordon Square Cinema
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD




Photo: Chryssa Panoussiadou, wwamc

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Staging Disorder, Tuesday 27 January 2016

‘Staging Disorder’ is an exhibition of photography, sound and moving image exploring the contemporary representation of the real in relation to modern conflict.

The show coincides with a symposium from 2-6pm on Tuesday 27 January in the Main Lecture Theatre, LCC, University of the Arts London, featuring speakers Sarah Pickering, Beate Geissler (Geissler/Sann), Alexandra Stara, Paul Lowe, Jennifer Good, Paul Tebbs, Pratap Rughani, Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle.

There is a book launch at 6pm of the publication ‘Staging Disorder’ by Black Dog Publishing, co-edited by Christopher Stewart and Esther Teichmann.

Staging Disorder Book

“Justine” screening at the London Short Film Festival 18 January 2015

Q & A with director Pratap Rughani following screening of Justine.

New Shorts: DOCS: Long(er) Docs and filmmaker Q&As.
Sun 18 Jan 15:30 Hackney Picturehouse, London.

London Short Film Festival

Visible Evidence XXI, the annual conference on documentary film, New Delhi, India, Dec 11- 14th, 2014

Chair: Kaushik Bhaumik
From Collaboration to Exploitation?
Pratap Rughani, University of the Arts London, UK
Collaboration and Ethics within an Emerging Media Complex
Elizabeth Miller, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Visible Evidence XXI Conference Programme

Media & Myth: Mass Media and the Vietnam War panel discussion

On 9th to 19th of October 2014 (Photomonth International Photography Festival), at Hundred Years Gallery, London.

An exhibition curated by Lewis Bush and Monica Alcazar-Duarte in collaboration with Paul Lowe and including material from The Stanley Kubrick Archive.
Private View on Friday 10th of October from 7 to 9.30.

Panel discussion on Friday 10th of October from 3 to 4.
Communicating War: Photography, Film and Graphic Design
Paul Lowe, Pratap Rughani, Steve Mepsted
Hundred Years Gallery, 13 Pearson Street London E2 8JD

Photo Essay – Remembering Khairlanji

Documentary Ethics

The images in this gallery were taken for a photographic essay called ‘Remembering Khairlanji’. They form part of an exploration of documentary ethics discussed in the book chapter, “Are you a vulture? Reflecting on the ethics and aesthetics of coverage of atrocity and its aftermath” in “Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution” ed.  R. Keeble, J.Tulloch & F. Zollmann, Foreword by John Pilger. Peter Lang (2010)

Download book chapter here
Buy the book here

Remembering Khairlanji

Chapter Abstract

“This chapter is framed by a sequence of documentary still images raising practice-based research questions about the nature of photographic representation of atrocity. Photographs are accompanied by practitioner reflections following a photographic essay responding to a series of caste-based murders in Khairlanji village, Maharashtra, central India.

The images throw up reflections on ethical and aesthetic choices in how to document atrocity. In addition to the shock of these events, I was stimulated (and humbled) in this work by reflecting on Susan Sontag’s critique of Holocaust photography as in general (to paraphrase) “re-victimising the victim.”  What is the tension between striving to convey the full weight of and horror of such atrocities and the risk of cheapening (or worse) these events, at a time when some regard much contemporary media as already too sanitized. Are images of suffering, war and atrocity necessarily exploitative or are we coddled – protecting ourselves from fuller engagement with such realities? In the light of this, what might ‘ethical’ coverage look like?”

CAUTION: You may prefer not to look at the following slides of the murdered Bhotmange family.
They are included to help contextualise reflections on ethical questions that follow.

Photo Essay – Remembering Khairlanji

An Indian Affair

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An Indian Affair reveals the hidden story of Britain’s relationship with India. Historian Maria Misra presents the remarkable tale of an affair that began with lust and matured into mutual respect, even love, until a new British desire to dominate locked the partners into an unequal and abusive marriage – the Raj.

Pratap Rughani co-directed Programme 2 Brief Encounter.

A Takeaway Media production for Channel 4 TV, 2001.
They came as traders and left as rulers, but in between stands the biggest turnabout in the story of Britain and India; for a brief flicker of time the relationship confounded the stereotypes – a fusion culture was born.

Back in England, Indo-mania took root. Indian clothes, fashion, music, literature and food… even bathing habits came under an Indian spell. The Prince Regent crowned it all with his Indian folly – the Brighton Pavilion. We chart the Indianisation of England, on a journey with the eighteenth century traveller and celebrity Abu Talib Khan.

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