Golden Jubilee

What is liberation when so much has already been taken? Who has come for more? “Golden Jubilee”, the third film in a series of works about memory, diaspora and decoloniality, takes as its starting point scenes of the filmmaker’s father navigating a virtual rendering of their ancestral home in Goa, India, created using the same technologies of surveillance that mining companies use to map locations for iron ore in the region. A tool for extraction and exploitation becomes a method for preservation. The father, sparked by a memory of an encounter as a child, inhabits the voice of a spirit known locally as Devchar, whose task is to protect the workers, farmers, and the once communal lands of Goa. Protection from what the filmmaker asks? Sanzgiri’s signature blend of 16mm sequences, 3D renders, direct animation, and desktop aesthetics are vividly employed in this lush, and ghostly look at questions of heritage, culture, and the remnants of history. Director, Producer, Editor, 16mm film & Additional Animation: Suneil Sanzgiri Director of Photography & Photogrametry: Sumedh Sawant Assistant Cameraman: Rushikesh Hande Drone Videography: Chirag Sadhnani Visual Effects Supervisior: Karan Taley Original soundtrack composed by Amirtha Kidambi & Booker Stardrum Performed by Amirtha Kidambi, Booker Stardrum, Angela Morris, and Nathaniel Morgan Devchar Narration & Interviews: Shashi Sanzgiri Additional Interviews: Shaliu Sanzgiri Translation: Tanvi Sanzgiri