A Festival of Films and Photographs
Godrej Dance Theatre & Little Theatre – 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Dilip Piramal Art Gallery – 12.00 noon to 8.00 pm
Sunday, 1st to Saturday, 7th October
The Film Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Olympic Museum, presents a unique event—“Olympics in Reel Life: A Festival of Films and Photographs” from 1st to 7th October at the NCPA. The event is a prelude to India hosting the International Olympic Committee Session for the first time in 43 years from 15th to 17th October 2023.
The first-of-its-kind festival comprises curated film screenings of 33 films and 10 series showcasing the best of Olympic film heritage, including India at the Olympics, drawn from the collections of the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Channel; a fine art photography exhibition of renowned international photographers titled Olympism Made Visible—an international photography project to explore the role of sport in society and as a catalyst for social development and peace; and iconic photographs of Indians at the Olympics over the decades that will be put up in high footfall areas around the city. The event will mark the unveiling of photographer Poulomi Basu’s stunning photographs recently shot in Odisha for Olympism Made Visible which will be displayed publicly for the first time.
The event will showcase Olympic films across continents and eras that reflect not just remarkable achievements of human sporting endeavour, but also the shifting social, cultural and political sands of the last century of our history. The films have been drawn from the extensive archives of the Olympic Museum as well as the Olympic Channel spanning over a century, beginning from 1912.
The films will be played throughout the day from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm at two venues at the NCPA with the programme curated to engage a wide audience from school children to film and sports buffs and historians. The audience will have the rare opportunity to watch films beautifully restored and directed by acclaimed filmmakers from around the world, including Carlos Saura, Milos Forman and Kon Ichikawa, and will also include footage of India’s journey at the Olympic Games.
Two of the acclaimed photographers, Dana Lixenberg and Lorenzo Vitturi, whose work will be displayed at the Olympism Made Visible exhibition, will be conducting workshops in Mumbai during the festival. The festival will also include programmes with Indian Olympians.