10-11 avril 2010
The festival was the culmination of a unique partnership to raise awareness on specific human development challenges through documentaries prepared by FTII alumni. A series of 26 films from 13 Indian States, prepared under the UNDP India – Planning Commission project “Strengthening State Plans for Human Development” were showcased at the film festival.
When it comes to issues like migration, working conditions and social problems, no two states in India are alike. And this is exactly what the film festival aimed to address. "We will be screening 26 films during the festival. These films have been handpicked by FTII authorities, film-makers and state planning boards," said Milind Damle, coordinator of the project at FTII.
For instance, while Karnataka has a film on the issues of devadasis (a Hindu religious practice in which girls were "married" and dedicated to a deity), a film from Tamil Nandu talks about saltpan workers. Films from Rajasthan addresses water problems and child marriages and a film from Maharashtra is based on livelihoods of fisherman in Konkan.
The festival will also screen a film called Bhanga Gara (To break, to create) from West Bengal, which has won a National Award for best short film on social issue last year, a film called Sakhar Shala made by the project coordinator himself, Mr. Damle, which deals with the issue of migration and a film on the various aspects of development made by noted film-maker Anil Zankar.
Damle says though the festival will underline different issues of various states, one can find universality in the issues. "Though the films are pertaining to a particular issue of that state, it is attached to the issues of other states too. Sakhar Shala talks about migration of people from drought prone areas in Maharashtra like Vidharbha to west Maharashtra, and how it takes toll on the education of their children."
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