Electric Shadow' is the literal translation of 'Diàn-yïng', the Mandarin term for film. In 2011, West Heavens Project, an organisation working on exploring dialogues between Indian and Chinese philosophy, organised a film festival titled 'You Don't Belong: Pasts and Futures of Indian Cinema'. Many Indian filmmakers, academics and visual-artists participated in this festival, which was curated by film scholar Ashish Rajadhyaksha with the support of Magic Lantern Foundation, Delhi. A few years later, the filmmaker revisits China and reflects on the places, landscapes and therefore histories that come to us mediated through the cinematic image. The film playfully ponders on image-creation as an integral part of cultural propagation, while revisiting the films at the festival and looking at the mainstream impressions on both cultures.
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, India. His areas of specialisation are documentary films and collaborations with visual artists on film and video based installation projects. He is actively involved in cinema pedagogy and curates film programmes including ‘FD Zone’ at Films Division and ‘Movies at the Museum’ at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. His films as director are To Let the World In, Vertical City, Certified Universal and Snapshots from a Family Album.