Tuesday, December 15, 2009

‘Passion, Resentment or Derision’, IFFK seminar on the 50th year of film societies

‘Passion, Resentment or Derision’, a seminar on the 50 years of formation of film societies in India, held as part of the IFFK was inaugurated by Jose Thettayil Transport Minister . Mrinal Sen was the chief guestin the seminar, which was organised by the FFSI (Federation of Film Societies of India). Adoor Gopalakrishnan, presided over the function in which film critic Aruna Vasudev, Narahara Rao (Secretary, FFSI) and Sudhir Nandgaonkar, General Secretary of the FFSI participated in the deliberations. “The State Government would provide financial assistance for film societies in Kerala; a decision in this regard is being taken by the Finance and Culture departments,’’ Minister Jose Thettayil has said.. The seminar discussed the role of film societies in promoting good films and the functioning of the organisation over the years. Adoor Goplakrishnan said that the film festivals were taking over the function of film societies. Sudhir Nandgaonkar, spoke about the present scenario of the FFSI and observed that film societies were still vibrant in South India and also Maharashtra region. He was of the opinion that more youngsters should join the film societies. The book by Narahara Rao about the history of film societies was released during the function.

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