Free Falling
‘Free Falling’ is an attempt to remediate two very old oral media forms – poetry and public speaking, into a film.



Today’s world of consumerism and material pursuit is what’s ‘real’ for us. Unknowingly enslaved in the age of the image and its shadow, we find it difficult to extricate ourselves from this ever growing web of visual and electronic media. So we wonder -what is really the freedom that we have fought to seek? ‘Free Falling’ prompts the user to engage in a debate with himself and confront the paradox of freedom that exists.

It features Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Where the mind is without fear’ (1901), Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech ‘I have a dream’ (1963) and Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech ‘Tryst with destiny’ (1947). All of them talk about freedom in some sense. While Nehru speaks about the freedom of nation state and King about freedom from inequality and racial bias, Tagore speaks about freedom of the inner self. ‘Free Falling’ essentially remediates the context in which these were written/ spoken. Also the final medium being a film, liberties offered by the medium have been taken to modify the linear structure of the poems and speech to suit our context.

Credits-
Where the mind is without fear (1901) - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore
Mountain Dew (2009) – TV commercial by Benetone Films
I have a dream (1963) – Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tryst with Destiny (1947) – Speech by Jawaharlal Nehru
McLuhan’s Wake (2002) –Documentary film by Kevin McMahon, David Sobelman
Tron Legacy: End Titles (2010) – Soundtrack by Daft Punk for Tron Legacy
1984 (1984) – TV commercial by Ridley Scott for Apple Computers
Flynn lives (2010) - Soundtrack by Daft Punk for Tron Legacy
Mad Men (2007) - TV series by Matthew Weiner
Where the mind is without fear (2010) - Song by Susmit Bose


Team : Suvani Suri, Chayan Deb, Simran Chopra