Den of Tigers


Rental Format(s): 16mm film / Digital File

"an invitation to walk look listen. West Bengal, India. collected, or pretend to." - JS

Den of Tigers (2002), by Jonathan Schwartz, lyrically examined the subtle textures of daily life in West Bengal, India. There you could see ankles lifting up and back down into a flooded street, a small ancient woman pushing on the arm of a water pump, and the hypnotic swinging of a young tightrope walkers hips, the image as taut as the narrow rope pressed to her feet. - Genevieve Yue

In Den of Tigers, filmed in Calcutta, India, the clang and hum of an outdoor marketplace gives way to a quick jam of tablas and chengilas, or a man's voice explaining that perhaps "...where you are sitting right now, it might have been the den of a tiger." But what we see are haircuts performed on the side-walk, books stacked floor-to-ceiling, eggs boiling in a broad black pan. The perceptual experience is condensed by layering images and sound from different moments, but in the very same way it is expanded and a third space created through the happy montage. - Cinema Project

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Digital File $76.00  

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