ANDHRA PRADESH

Truth unveiled

Staff Reporter



Indian film-maker brings out hard facts on the current politico-economic crisis in Zimbabwe



HYDERABAD: A U.K.-based Hyderabadi film maker-cum-academician received international recognition when Harvard University screened the documentary film made by him on the current political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

Titled ‘DENIED-This bit of truth’, the film was an exclusive by Shrenik Rao in the backdrop of the present ban on international press in the African nation.

It was already premiered at London School of Economics before being screened at Harvard on November 16.

The film is reportedly based on a series of exclusive interviews with both the vice-presidents of Zimbabwe, leaders of Opposition, former Archbishop and a former British secretary of State for international development.

Truth-denial

As put by Shrenik Rao, “The documentary presents the multifaceted ‘truth’ as it is ‘denied’ in the realm of power and politics.” An alumnus of Nizam College and also Hyderabad Central University, Mr. Rao went on to specialise in political communication from the prestigious London School of Economics.

Presently based in London and heading Dolsun Media Inc., he also taught Information and Politics, Information Communication Society and Information Technology and Communication Skills at Napier University in Edinburgh.

The present movie is his debut venture. The initiative to premiere and launch of the film in the USA reportedly came from the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and African and African Diaspora Collaborative.

The screening assumed importance in the context of the controversy surrounding the European Union-African Union summit scheduled for December in Lisbon. British Premier Gordon Brown threatened to boycott the summit if the President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe attends.

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