Staff Reporter

Festival of films on human rights February 9 to 12

  • Most of the films are being screened for the first time here
  • Four Indian movies will be screened

    BANGALORE: At a time when human rights violations are a global concern, the Tri Continental Film Festival is back in the city with 23 films showcasing contemporary cinema from Asia, Africa and America with human rights as their subject.

    With the theme "Human Rights in Frames," the festival will screen films on issues such as alienation faced by call centre workers, the politics of toilets, the war on terror, children in conflict situations and legacy of genocide, among others.

    Most of the films are being screened for the first time here, thus bringing an otherwise inaccessible brand of cinema to this part of the world, said Alika Khosla, associate director of Breakthrough, a human rights organisation and director of the film festival, on Tuesday at a press conference. The film festival is being jointly organised by Breakthrough and the Bangalore Film Society.

    There is a retrospective section and the Oscar-winning film "Hearts and Minds" on the Vietnam War will be screened.

    The film festival received 100 entries, out of which 23 have been selected by an international jury. Eight were received from India of which four will be screened. The four Indian films include Q2P (on scarce toilet facilities in Mumbai), Froth (fallout of Gujarat riots), The Worst Job in the World (about manual scavenging) and John and Jane (about call centres).

    All the films will be screened at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore from February 9 to 12 from 2 p.m. Director Girish Kasaravalli will inaugurate the fest. The festival is also taking place in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. For details, call 9899888548 or email