Monday, May 27, 2013

6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) opens with ‘5 Broken Cameras’ directed by Emad Burnat and Guv Davidi

The sixth edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) will begin in Thiruvananthapuram on 7th June  and run up to 11th June 2013 . The five-day festival, organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, would open with the screening of  ‘5 Broken Cameras’  directed by Emad Burnat and Guv Davidi.This subtle fiction from cold war days has an astonishing resemblance to a non-fiction movie of today, 5 Broken Cameras, one of the best, most involving documentaries of the past couple of years, shot entirely in and around a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first   hand account of non-violent resistance. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guv Davidi to edit.”5 Broken Cameras is a polemical work and in no sense analytical. It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it's like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness. But it isn't vindictive and has a sense of history and destiny. Much may be concealed, but what we are shown and experience is the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.”, the Guardian review reads. The trailer can be watched in
There would be a special screening of the film “To let the World in”, directed by  Avijit Mukul Kishore in this fest. It features a series of interviews with some of India’s most renowned contemporary artists. Conceptualized by Kishore and Chaitanya Sambrani, the film aims to fill a void in the documentation of Indian art, while simultaneously building a knowledge bank using a medium that has been largely untapped. The film was screened for the first time at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai last week to a packed auditorium. Both Chaitanya Sambrani and Avijit Mukul Kishore were present, and indulged the audience with behind the scenes anecdotes about the making of the film and answers to their queries. The film sticks to the documentary format, with voice over narrations, stills of artist biographies, and shots of archival material. Nevertheless, the film is marked by a colloquial quality, evident in the ease of the conversations, and rides high on a feel good factor. Far from being a documentary about style and technique, the film chooses to focus instead on anecdotes and snippets of important information about the works of each artist, or on the influences each artist reveals and speaks about. This first volume of the film features ten artists: Arpita Singh, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Vivan Sundaram, Nalini Malani, Ranbir Kaleka, Sudhir Patwardhan, Nilima Sheikh, Pushpamala N., Anita Dube and Atul Dodiya, as well as one art critic: Geeta Kapur.The full  selection list can be read in the official website of the KSCA or follow the link below.;postID=8340410056730029443;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=3;src=postname

The list of films in the information section is yet to be released

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