Male: A number of Indian films including Girish Kasaravalli’s Dweepa and Jahnu Barua’s Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara are being screened at Maldives’ first international film festival here.
The South Asian Film Festival Maldives 2007 began on 8 May and several films, including Uttara by Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Cyanide (Kananda) by A. M. R. Ramesh and Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal, are being shown in a film workshop being run concurrently with the event.
The film workshop is being conducted by filmmakers Anwar Jamal and Sehjo Singh and critic Utpal Borpujari on behalf of Film Trust India, which is also curating the festival.
Inaugurating the festival, Maldives’ Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed who underscored the relevance of such events in promoting a people’s SAARC. “It is very important that this festival is being held just before the Maldives assumes the SAARC presidency,” he said.
Shaheed appealed to filmmakers from the region to create a feeling of understanding and brotherhood by making movies that focus on issues concerning the region and its people.
The festival focusses on the South Asian experience and how it is reflected in narratives or story-telling around the region. The theme covers diversity of experience, narrative and story-line.
Among the other films being screened at the festival are Swaraaj (Hindi/Rajasthani) by Anwar Jamal, the documentary Kol Kathayen by Sehjo Singh, Heylaa and Futtaru from the Maldives, Siddiq Barmak’s Osama from Afghanistan and Nirontor from Bangladesh.