Cine Darbaar, a Delhi-based group of cineastes, in collaboration with the Children’s Film Society, India, is organizing the three-day Delhi Children Film Festival in the Capital from 20-22 October.
Supriya Suri, artistic director, Cine Darbaar, says, “A film made at one of our summer workshops for children has made it to the International Children’s Film Festival—The Golden Elephant—to be held in Hyderabad in November. This and the need to bring children together on a common platform and watch films made us come up with the idea of this festival.”
Karamati Coat .
Eight feature-length films in Hindi and English by film-makers such as Shyam Benegal and Santosh Sivan are scheduled to be screened. The films are Krish Trish and Baltiboy, Lilki, Chutkan ki Mahabharat, Karamati Coat, Halo, Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms, Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo and Charandas Chor.
An eclectic cast of characters surrounds Sasha, a little girl, as she wanders through the streets of Mumbai searching for her lost puppy who also lends its name to the title of the film, Halo (1997). The film by Sivan will be screened at 6.30pm on 21 October.
The late Habib Tanvir’s celebrated play, Charandas Chor, made into a film by Benegal in 1975, is as endearing as it is cinematically appealing. Based on a folk tale, the film, which will be shown at 6.30pm on 22 October, chronicles the life of the eponymous thief who teams up with Budhdhoo to form a team of robbers that soon acquires legendary notoriety. True to the spirit of folk tales, the movie combines entertainment and moral explorations.
Endearing: (Clockwise from top) Charandas chor; Halo; Krish Trish and Baltiboy; Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms .
Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms (2008) by Danish director Thomas Borch Nielsen is an animated film about an earthworm’s attempts at making its presence felt. Watch what happens when it discovers an old disco record, igniting a desire in the earthworm to turn into the star of the world’s greatest disco band. This film will be screened on 22 October at 11am.
Apart from the film screenings, Cine Darbaar will also organize workshops and review writing competitions. A highlight among these will be a workshop on the production of films for children and the tools required for it.
The Delhi Children Film Festivalwill be held from 20-22 October, from 10am, at Siri Fort Auditorium. For schedule and other details, visit www.indianauteur.com