Best of DIFF: Nationwide Free Screenings
- September 16, 2014
The Dharamshala International Film Festival is travelling the country this year, with free screenings of the Best of DIFF at Kunzum Café in Delhi, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune, and with Indie Earth, in Chennai. As part of our outreach initiative to bring the best of independent cinema to communities, we’re thrilled to be screening festival favourites from 2012 and 2013 in your city, as we count down to opening night on 30th October this year.
The NFAI, Pune, aims to promote a healthy film culture in the country. It will screen four films from the first two editions of DIFF on the 20th of September from 11 am onwards.
Avijit Mukul Kishore’s To Let The World In is a two-volume film project that looks at a significant period in the history of contemporary Indian art from the early 1980s to the present day, featuring the work of two generations of visual artists. Volume I chronicles the spirit and legacy of a movement that marked the return to narrativity and figuration in Indian art. Volume II looks at a period of monumental change in the context of art-practice in India, following economic liberalisation. (11 AM, September 20, 2014)
5 Broken Cameras, directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi tells the story of Palestinian farm labourer Emad who has five video cameras, each of which tells a different part of the story of his village’s resistance to Israeli oppression.It makes for a powerful personal document about one village’s struggle against violence and oppression. (2 PM, September 20, 2014)
Hari, from Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s When Hari Got Married is a taxi driver in the Himalayas who is getting married to a woman he has never met, but with whom he has fallen in love over the mobile phone. Outspoken, opinionated and funny, Hari grapples with nerves, heartburn and mounting tension as the day of reckoning draws close. As India rapidly modernises, dramatic changes are taking place even in his faraway village. But gods, oracles, and age-old traditions still play an important role in everyday life and come together to ensure an auspicious wedding.
(3.45 PM, September 20, 2014)
Film enthusiasts in Chennai can catch the Best of DIFF at The Moon and Sixpence Lounge at Hotel Hablis, organised in partnership with Indie Earth.
Richie Mehta’s Siddharth is a film about a father who sends his 12-year-old son away to work, but realizes he may have been taken by child traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, hoping whatever force took his son away, returns him unharmed. (7.30 PM, September 24, 2014)
Ayrton Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature by Asif Kapadia that spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later. (7.30 PM, October 1, 2014)
If you missed it at the IIC, Lightcube Film Society will be screening Mapa by León Siminiani again at Kunzum Café Delhi. A young Spanish director gets fired from his job and travels to India in “search” of his first feature film, only to discover that his real search isn’t in India but back home.
(6 PM, September 28, 2014)
We hope you can attend these free screenings open to public to get a taste of what is in store at DIFF 2014.