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Four-day South Asian Film Festival will begin on June 27

PANAJI: Forty-five films from eight South Asian countries will be screened at SAFF —Goa, a four-day South Asian Film Festival, to be held here from June 27.

Films made in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be screened. The festival is being sponsored by Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Goa Government’s entertainment body, and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in association with the South Asian Foundation, New Delhi. Kala Academy, Goa, will also be actively involved in the film festival.

The annual “South Asian Film Festival: Dissolving Boundaries” held in New Delhi will also be organised in Goa as part of the initiative of the Entertainment Society of Goa, a spokesman of the Goa Government said here on Saturday.

Classic films, short films, documentary films, mainstream films and new films will be screened.

The festival will feature films from all eras — Raj Kapoor’s Henna to Mahesh Bhatt’s Jannat. It will also include some of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning films such as Osama (Afghanistan), Matir Moina (much acclaimed Bangladeshi film to be awarded at Cannes and other prestigious film festivals), Mille Soya and Hansa Vilak (highly praised films from Sri Lanka). It will also feature films such as Khuda Ke Liye, the first Pakistani movie to be released in India after 40 years, and Khamosh Pani, a sensitive movie based on partition. The festival will also feature contemporary films such as Jannat, Corporate, Banaras, Zakhm which talk about real life issues, according to Rahul Barua, Secretary-General, South Asia Foundation.