Dimensions Mumbai is a unique feature of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. It features short films by up-and-coming filmmakers under the age of 25. Young and talented filmmaking enthusiasts across Mumbai send their films to the MAMI selection committee and the best of them are chosen for the festival. This year, 16 movies made it to the final cut. Dimensions Mumbai was presented on the very first day of Jio MAMI 2018 with another run on Day 2. If you think MAMI-goers are not interested in the works of these unknown artists, you are sorely mistaken. The theatre was packed for the screening and tickets for Day 2 were also sold out.
What Was Good At Dimensions Mumbai This Year:
It can be exhausting to watch 16 films back-to-back and remember every single one of them. But with the exceptional line-up at Dimensions Mumbai this year, every single one of them will be etched in your memory since they all have something to give to the audience. There are unique narrating styles, experiments with light and focus, and stories that can keep you hooked till the end. Some of our top picks from the lot would be Shraddha Sawant’s Local Story, Gilroy Rodrigues’ Metaphor, and Karan Asnani’s Sheher Ya Tum (The City or You).
Local Story beautifully depicts the turmoil of a lost father without really showing anything from the story itself. With a one-shot angle, the entire film is narrated through the views from a local train as the characters’ voiceover plays in the background. On the other hand, Sheher Ya Tum constantly keeps its characters in the foreground, as the voiceover narrates the lovers’ journey of romance. It is the writing here that makes this one of the best movies of Dimensions Mumbai this year. Metaphor is one of those movies that keeps you guessing till the end. There is not much writing here other than a few lines that are repeated over and over and it is only in the end that you understand the reason for this despaired continuation of dialogue.
Apart from these films, the documentaries also certainly catch your attention with their unique subjects. Aritro Mukherjee’s Stories from the Night focusses on the lives of homeless individuals, while Nishtha Sadwelkar’s Yadav Ji tells the story of a bhelwala who finds joy in hardship. Aryan Desai’s Ajal – Hour of Death is also worth a mention for portraying the experiences and daily struggles of a crematorium worker.
Other Movies to Watch at MAMI:
If you enjoy watching short films, MAMI still has a few in store for you. Anthology of Shorts includes films by Tanuja Chandra and Nagraj Manjule that you don’t want to miss this festival, while Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films features shorts by prominent filmmakers in the industry. Catch them all, only at the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.