• Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



  • Ladies only

    Ladies only



Ladies only

a film by Rebana Liz John

Ladies only

Germany, India | 2021 | 79:00 min

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
"What makes you angry?" asks the filmmaker. A small film crew enters the ladies compartments of the local trains in Mumbai. Chance encounters and acquaintances are invited to reveal their opinions, their confessions and their stories in a 'public' space. Their diverse answers thread themselves into an unfolding tapestry of details and observations. The light on the faces, the figures in the background, the driving noises of the train and the interactions between the travelers bring the space alive. Black and white images distill the essence of the space. A poetic rhythm takes us across Mumbai and its mix of cultures, languages and faces, providing insight into how urban Indian women see and shape their lives.

Poems: Kamla Bhasin
Music: Jin Jim, Johann May, Daniel Manrique Smith, Nico Stallman, Neu Klang, Act Music, Lucas Pizzini

72 BERLINALE Jury:
"The Compass-Perspektive-Award goes to Ladies Only, a raw, honest film that concentrates on the essentials, truly standing out with its decisiveness and clarity of form. A crowd of people push their way through the narrow door of a train compartment, and for 80 minutes a transitional location becomes intimate theatre, in which we get to know various women. Filmmaker Rebana Liz John asks questions about existential issues such as freedom, family and career, and we obtain personal insights into the lives of the protagonists. She has different generations read a poem out loud and comment on it, interrelating their differing points of view. Interview moments alternate with quietly observed situations. The montage creates visible emphasis and contrasts, and takes a firm standpoint. As a result, the public space of the train compartment becomes an intimate space. Numerous situations and times of day are interwoven, and the finely crafted sound design generates continuity and tension. It takes courage to tell such a reduced story, to take a close look and to produce a socially relevant film from everyday life".
Festivals/Awards
2021
Busan IFF
2022
Kompass-Perspektive-Award – 72 BERLINALE Perspektive Deutsches Kino
29 Sheffield DocFest
39 Kassel Documentary FF
Cast and Crew
  • Director Rebana Liz John
  • Director of Photography Milann Tress John
  • Sound Navya Sah, Ankita Purkayastha
  • Sound Design Tim Elzer
  • Other Max Rüngeler (colorgrading)
Original Languages

Marathi

Hindi

English

Production Company
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln | KHM
Peter-Welter-Platz 2, 50676 Köln

Fax: +49 221 2018917

Phone: +49 221 201890

presse@khm.de
http://www.khm.de
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