JMC student’s movie to be screened at film festival

Debutante film-maker Prachi Chhabra’s Firaaq tells the story of a prostitute searching for love.

Debutante film-maker Prachi Chhabra’s Firaaq tells the story of a prostitute searching for love.  

As Indian cinema celebrates 100 years of existence, 100 documentaries highlighting the rich and vibrant culture of film-making will be screened at the Woodpecker Film Festival-2013 to be held at the India Habitat Centre here from December 19 to 21.

Announcing the nominations in the Capital on Saturday, jury chairman Kunal Verma said: “A lot has changed since the first feature film, Raja Harishchandra, was released in 1913. The film festival is a humble tribute to the rich mélange of visual creativity in the country.”

A total of 45 thought-provoking documentaries from across the country have been nominated for the festival’s awards this year. Mr. Verma said the number of entries received is itself an indication of the popularity of the film festival that focuses on socially important themes.

To encourage budding film-makers, 15 films focusing on students will be screened at the festival.

According to the festival’s communications director, Narender Yadav, movies from 19 States will be screened. They focus on a range of issues plaguing the country such as lack of livelihood opportunities, the abysmal state of education, gender inequality and children’s neglect.

“Films in Marathi and Malayalam will be sub-titled in English and Hindi for the convenience of film buffs.”

Debutante film-maker Prachi Chhabra, a final-year student of Jesus and Mary College, has made Firaaq , which shows the the plight of prostitutes in India.

The miserable condition of prostitutes in red light areas across the country made this Economic (Hons) student take to film-making. She feels that society looks down on them without realising the compulsions that force them to sell their bodies.

“It is about a prostitute who is searching for true love. She has quit her profession and confesses her feelings to a man. I have roped in students from Delhi University and engineering colleges as actors for this film.”

Apart from Ms. Chhabra’s film, the festival has an interesting line-up, including Chilika- Jewel of Odisha , The Story of Coal , Bonding With Birds , The Forest Man of India and Breaking The Silence .

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