Thiruvananthapuram

Documentary festival opens with Selfie

Grand launch: Governor P. Sathasivam releasing the festival book of the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in the city on Friday. Minister for Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan, Chalachitra Academy chairperson Kamal, and vice chairperson Bina Paul are seen.

Grand launch: Governor P. Sathasivam releasing the festival book of the 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala in the city on Friday. Minister for Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan, Chalachitra Academy chairperson Kamal, and vice chairperson Bina Paul are seen.   | Photo Credit: S_GOPAKUMAR

Governor reminds young filmmakers of their social responsibilit.

When the mood of the current times is to be ‘seen,’ through myriad online platforms of self-expression, rather than to ‘see’, it is only apt that this year’s edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala opens with one long selfie video of 86 minutes.

Selfie, directed by Italian documentary filmmaker Agostino Ferrente, is structured as selfie videos by two 16-year-olds in crime-ridden Naples, who are recovering from the death of their close friend, shot while being pursued by a policeman who mistook him for a fugitive.

Window to free world

The selfie mode, often derided as narcissistic, here becomes a window to a world that the duo are wishing for, a life free from crime.

The movie somehow gelled with the message shared early in the evening by Governor P. Sathasivam, who inaugurating the six-day festival, had called upon young filmmakers to express their social commitment through documentaries.

“There are burning issues that need the public’s attention. It is vital that the youngsters use the medium to create awareness on health and environment issues. The filmmakers should get themselves involved more in social campaigns that will empower our society,” said the Governor.

Voice of dissent

Minister for Culture A.K. Balan, who presided, said that documentaries and short films have become the much needed voice of dissent in the present times. “This is the time to use cinema for cultural resistance. This is an open platform for political expression of the youth of this country. The festival shows how the youth of these times thinks,” he said.

Films and jury

A total of 262 films are being screened this time. Out of this, 63 films are in the competition categories for long documentary, short documentary, short fiction and campus film. In the international category, 44 films have been included, while the focus category has 74 films and Malayalam category has 19 films.

The non-fiction jury consists of Spanish filmmaker Andrea Guzman, Manipuri filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar and documentary filmmaker and activist Sanjay Kak.

The fiction jury consists of Tamil filmmaker Vasanth Sai, Assamese filmmaker Manju Borah, and film critic Namrata Joshi.

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