Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chennai Film Festival 2013

Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2013

25,26,27 January; Book Point, Anna Salai, Chennai; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jointly organised by
 MARUPAKKAM (a media activist group), Padapetti (a film magazine),
 Book Point (a book store).

25 January 2013; 10 a.m.; Book Point

Chief Guests: B.Lenin (filmmaker, editor), George Kutty (critic, activist, writer)

 Inaugural film:
Dir:Yaasib Vazquez; Mexico; 29 min; 2011; Spanish

  Yuban is about the transformation of a Zapotecan community. It portraits the longing for a set of principles that are about to die and the effort the people make to keep their culture alive. 

Closing ceremony

27 January 2013; 4 pm; Book Point

Chief guests:
V.Arasu (writer), Maruthu (painter), Chezhiyan (cinematographer)

Closing film:
Jai Bhim Comrade
Dir: Anand Patwardhan; 180 min; 2012; Marathi with Tamil subtitles

In 1997 a statue of Dr.Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest.

Jai Bhim Comrade shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas marks a subaltern tradition of reason that from the days of Buddha, has fought superstition -and religious bigotry.

Special features of the festival:
 *Around 30 films will be screened under the following sections:
1)     International Films
2)     Rest of India
3)     Films from Tamilnadu

*Screening timings: 10 a.m. to 1 pm; 4 pm to 8 pm

*Interaction with filmmakers and technicians:
Every day 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
25 Jan: Sound and Documentary
Speakers: Rohini (filmmaker, actor), Aasaan Nambi (sound recordist)
26 Jan: Camera and Documentary
Speakers: Sunny Joseph (cinematographer), Someetharan (filmmaker)
27 Jan: Editing and Documentary
Speakers: Arun Mozhi (filmmaker); Amudhan R.P. (filmmaker)

Coordination team:
Amudhan R.P.; R.R.Srinivasan; Senthil Nathan; Adavi Murali; Kutti Revathi; Someetharan; Aravind Kumar; Kumarakurubaran

All are welcome!

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