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THE BEGINNING The fest was first launched in 2002
THE BEGINNING The fest was first launched in 2002

Breakthrough is presenting a film fest from tomorrow that showcases human rights struggles

Breakthrough, a human rights organisation that uses media, education and popular culture to promote human rights, is presenting a series of documentaries as part of the Tri-Continental Film Festival. The festival, organised in association with Uhuru Productions, FFSI, Suchitra Film Society and Alliance Francaise, is on between January 29 and 31 at Alliance Francaise, Vasanthanagar. It will showcase some of the best cinema from the global south, and is an effort to build and raise social and political consciousness through narrative, documentary, feature and short films from the three continents of Latin America, Africa and Asia. This is the second time that festival is being organised by Breakthrough.Actor Tara will inaugurate the fest, which will then tour Chennai and Kolkata. The 16 documentaries selected this year have received widespread appreciation. Besides a jury prize awarded by a five-member panel featuring Amar Kanwar, Arjun Chandramohan Bali, Ira Bhaskar, Rituparno Ghosh and Shohini Ghosh, the festival has a non-competitive section showcasing four features. It will also some of the filmmakers participating in discussions after the screenings. The festival was first launched in 2002 by the Movimiento de Documentalistas, a group of independent filmmakers based in Argentina and was taken to South Africa next year by Uhuru Productions and Lawyers for Human Rights. In India, it made its debut in December 2004 with screenings in Delhi, Mumbai and KolkataThis year's fest will again look at human rights and social justice with particular focus on women and children. Says Breakthrough Associate Director Alika Khosla: "The festival is part of the effort to make human rights mainstream. We have even developed multi-media products and music albums to promote human rights. For instance, the CD Man Ke Manjire by Shubha Mudgal is about a woman who leaves an abusive marriage."The film festival also assumes importance, says Alika, because it is an attempt to connect social movements with social struggles in the global south. "The struggles are happening in very different continents and this is one platform on which all come together. Everybody gets to know what the nature of issues and struggles are across a vast spread and in this case the global south," says Alika.The films to be screened are: January 29 - The Concrete Revolution by Xiaolu Guo at 10.30 a.m., Bride Kidnapping in Krgyzstan by Petr Lom and Sancharram by Ligy Pullapally at 1 p.m., Angola saudates from the one who loves you at 4.30 p.m.and No more Tears Sister by Helene Klodawsky at 6.30 p.m. The films to be screened on January 30 are: Kitte Mil Ve Mahi by Ajay Bhardwaj and Rebel Music Americas by Malcolm Guy and Marie Boti at 10.30 a.m., 14 Episodes by Murad Mazaev and Weapons of Mass Deception by Danny Schechter at 1.30 p.m., Beauty will save the world by Pietra Brettkelly at 3.30 p.m., Justica by Mario Ramos at 5 p.m., and Home Coming by Norman Maake at 7 p.m. The films to be screened on January 31 are: Acting like a Thief by Kerim Friedman and Shashwati Talukdar and Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi at 10.30 a.m., West Bank Story by Ari Sandel at 1.15 p.m., The Take by Avi Lewis at 1.45 p.m., Zulu Love Letter by Ramdan Suleman at 4.30 p.m. At 6.30 p.m., the winner of the Jury Prize will be shown.For details, visit www.breakthrough.tv or contact Monica Mody/Alika Khosla (91) 1126176181/ 85 or tri-cff@breakthrough.tv

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