Thursday, 15 June 2017

IDSFFK- International section to encompass the contemporary world

The International category of the 10th edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala is set to depict the conflicts and human conditions of the contemporary world in its scenes of minimum duration. The section comprises 33 films of which 19 are documentaries and 14 are short films.
 These short films sketch the present world wholly via the themes opposing religious extremism, iniquitous war, genocide, and despotism. During the Second World War, British soldiers send letters to their better halves and family members. In ‘War Memorial’, we witness the recovery of these messages through video clips. ’The Revolution Won't Be Televised ‘talks about the peaceful mobilizations and demonstrations of the Senegalese population during the presidential elections of 2012. In disregard of the term limitations of the 2001 Senegalese Constitution, Abdoulaye Wade, who had been in power for twelve years, presented his candidacy for a third term. ‘I am not your Negro’ historically investigates the plight of black men in America.
 ‘Happily ever after’ is an unrelenting personal report of a faltering relationship in the aftermath of Egypt's Arab Spring. The filmmaker falls in love amid the turmoil of recent political events in Egypt. When her boyfriend decides to leave the country because of the deteriorating social and political conditions, she does everything she can to convince him to stay. The escalating tension puts her own commitment to remain in the country to the test. ‘A Feeling Greater Than Love’ explores the links between revolution and cinema and focuses on the workers’ struggle of Beirut. ‘Mostly Sunny’ is a fascinating documentary portrait of porn actress turned Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone.
In 2014, 276 teenage girls came together for exams in Chibok, Nigeria -- by dawn, nearly all had disappeared and their school was burnt. ‘In Waiting for Hassana’, Jessica, an escapee, shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.  Brave Bunch tells a story of heroic and tragic 63-day struggle to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany occupation during World War II from a child's perspective. In the film a group of kids finds an authentic dairy from the Warsaw Uprising. Looking for its owner they stumble into the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

‘Son of Kali’ is about fleeing genocide against Hindus in Bangladesh, Probir reaches India in the middle of a major Hindu festival. An evening of intense religious euphoria follows and Probir feels he is like a child in a religious Disneyland. He is being accompanied by his childhood Muslim friend Anuar, who is enjoying the Hindu festival in his own hedonistic way. However, Mother Goddess has other plans for him.

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