Tuesday, December 12, 2006

High on Light - A Dark Documentary

Reema, who is a budding journalist called me up a couple of days back, asking if I could participate in a discussion which was part of a documentary she and a few colleagues were making. The theme of the documentary was 'High on Life' and you can get her side of the story out here. The others who were to take part in the discussion were Madhuri (21), Sadhana (21), Karthik (23), Avinash (27) and moi (27). The only person who I knew from amongst the participants and the others in the room was Reema.

I met Reema outside and as we were walking up the stairs we realised that the lights were out. We entered the room which was dimly lit by ambient light. In the dark I was introduced to the other participants and budding journalists. Words were exchanged in the dark, as we waited for the lights; waiting for the camera and sound equipment to be fueled by the electrons and protons that lay unexcited at the moment. Words, familiar words; words that formed ephemeral patterns that could trace their genesis in our minds. Words that had been subjected to the filters that we have built over time. For the documentary we were to talk about youth issues; what gets us high on life, youth and spirituality, peer pressure, how the ambience affects our reactions at that moment, effects of wealth on behaviour and other such issues.

In the darkness time ticked, as we waited; waited to discuss issues of youth; the conversation casually drifting to whatever it could hold on to. First impressions were exchanged in the dark; impressions of people who you know nothing about, neither their looks nor their background; all you can do is base your impressions on their thoughts; impressions that are left to the subconscious whether to consider them or not. And then finally the lights came on. Lights! Camera! Reaction! And words were exchanged in the light, fueled by excited electrons and protons. Words, familiar words; words that formed ephemeral patterns that could trace their genesis in our minds. Words that had been subjected to the filters that we have built over time; filters that seem to be influenced by light and excited electrons and protons. And you notice the difference, however subtle it may be; the difference in the dark and in light. You cannot escape, we cannot escape, but are we aware of it. Ironically it was darkness that threw light on the subject. Youth: High on Life.

5 comments:

mystupendoussalvation said...

Its an inner spark that lits something, that shows the white clouds in between of grey silver lining. We cant run away from the this fact but somebody has to do something about it. We have taken a step forward lets see how many will actually join their hands with us.

Reema Banerjee said...

Dark documentary indeed!

Alistair D'souza said...

its just a thought that came to me the day after the shoot.. i.e. when I looked back at the sequence of events as a third person.... :-) something I do sometimes....

was thinking that if we can simulate the same situation with ppl who have never met before... and let them start discussions in dark and in light... and if you catch it on camera you will see subtle differences based on the fact that we are influenced by others and what we see...

we have to choose how much or in what ways we are influenced....

Reema Banerjee said...

Alice...i wish i could do that more often...zoom off to werever i wana go, or werever my eyes lead me...had fun 'trekkin'...a walk dat turned into a mini trek of sorts :)

Reema Banerjee said...

and yes...coetzee, never heard but will look out for this one...do do do read ayn rand if u can...download the book, beg borrow steal! :) well, no, but do read it...anthem, atlas shrugged and fountainhead...u must...and also her We The Living