Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union in collaboration with Max Mueller Bhavan is organising a three-day festival of short films and documentaries titled "Cine Mela" at the School of Arts and Aesthetics auditorium on the JNU campus here beginning this Friday.

Films that deal with caste oppression, social movements and tribal issues made by young filmmakers from Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand will be screened during the festival.

Unmindful of the fact that mainstream cinema was caged by profit-centred market forces, these aspiring filmmakers have gone ahead and tried to reflect the infinite images of a diverse India.


Besides, films from Pakistan, Germany, Bangladesh, Nepal and Spain will also be screened. Some select films will be taken to other institutions. The festival will also provide a platform to filmmakers to interact with the audience.

With over 100 entries, the festival has received an enthusiastic response from young filmmakers but due to paucity of time only 30 to 35 of them will be screened.

To be inaugurated by veteran film critic Aruna Vasudev on April 14, the festival will also feature a discussion on "Current media scenario".