Night of Prophecy
A Night of Prophecy is a film about poetry and songs,
poets and singers. The film travels in the Indian
States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland and
ends in Kashmir. These are complex territories that
have been home to severe conflict, where throats are
cut and minds are taught to absorb slavery, bloodshed
and oppression, where no reconciliation seems
possible. And yet, there can be felt the fever of
A Night of Prophecy suggests that poetry can allow us
to understand the histories and severity of conflict.
Further, in poetry and image emerge the seeds of what
is to become and what is to be done; poetry provides,
that is, the simple moment of prophecy.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Kanwar is an independent documentary filmmaker from New Delhi.
His recent films have been about ecology, politics, art, and philosophy.
He has received seven awards for his work, and is a recipient of
the MacArthur Fellowship in India. Kanwar's recent films have been
at the Earth Summit 2002 in South Africa and in DOCUMENTA 11 in