Manisha Jha

Franco-German documentary film festival comes to India

NEW DELHI: A weeklong festival of documentary films from Arte, the Franco-German television network, titled ‘The World Through Arte’s Eyes’ opens here this Friday.

The festival is being organised by the Embassy of France in India, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Max Mueller Bhavan and Alliance Francaise. It will travel to other cities including Chandigarh, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai where both Max Mueller Bhavan and Alliance Francaise have their centres.

The festival will feature films shot in different countries such as Mali, China, North Korea, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Germany and France that will show the effects of globalisation on people from different backgrounds, their working conditions and their migration to Europe. It will also be focusing on stories from South Asian countries and stories on world music and cinema.

The German film ‘Leinwandfieber- Comrades in Dreams’, directed by Uli Gaulke will be the first film to be screened on the opening day on Friday. The other films to be screened are: ‘Welcome Europa’, ‘Etre et avoir -- To Be And To Have’, ‘A Visit to Ali Farka Toure’, ‘Desert Blues’, ‘Verlieren und Gewinnen -- Losers and Winners’, ‘Le profit et rien d’autre -- Profit and Nothing Else’, ‘50 Stunden bis Kabul -- 50 Hours to Kabul’ and ‘I for India’.

The films will be screened at Max Mueller Bhavan and Alliance Francaise.

Arte was created in 1992 as a joint Franco-German venture and set itself the goal of producing high quality programmes on art and culture. As cultural exchange is given top priority and is consciously promoted by Arte, the focus is on the co-operation between Arte and public broadcasting stations across Europe.